22 days in Michigan Itinerary

22 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Detroit
— 3 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
3
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
4
Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Fly

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Frankenmuth — 2 nights

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankenmuth: Port Crescent State Park (in Port Austin), Tawas Point State Park (in East Tawas) and Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum (in Bay City). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll around Wilkommen Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Frankenmuth trip itinerary builder website.

Charlotte to Frankenmuth is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Charlotte in September, expect Frankenmuth to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Detroit.
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Detroit — 3 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Kellogg Park (in Plymouth) and University of Michigan (in Ann Arbor). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and browse the exhibits of Motown Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Detroit trip website.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Detroit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Frankenmuth in September since evenings lows in Detroit dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 3 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and experience the excitement of Forge a Memory.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Detroit in September: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.
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Saint Ignace — 3 nights

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Explore Saint Ignace's surroundings by going to Soo Locks (in Sault Ste. Marie), Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). There's much more to do: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, stop by Manley’s Fish Market, steep yourself in history at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saint Ignace online trip maker.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Munising.
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Munising — 3 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munising: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park) and Marquette (Presque Isle Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, &more). Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Munising road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 4 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ludington State Park (in Ludington), Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, &more) and Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse (in Manistee). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and steep yourself in history at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City trip planner.

You can drive from Munising to Traverse City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.
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Grand Rapids — 3 nights

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart), Fetch Brewing Company (in Whitehall) and Stony Lake Stables (in New Era). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, get outside with US 131 Motorsports Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bell's Comstock Brewery, and see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Michigan travel guide

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Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.
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