3 days in Michigan Itinerary

3 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Grand Rapids
— 1 day
Drive
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
3
Detroit
— 1 night

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Grand Rapids

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip planner.

Detroit to Grand Rapids is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums
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Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth tour site.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Adventure
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Detroit

— 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Detroit journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Detroit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Detroit, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Side Trip

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Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.