5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan itinerary planner
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Grand Rapids
— 1 day
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive
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Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive

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Grand Rapids — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Grand Rapids trip simple and quick.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Grand Rapids. In October, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Traverse City trip maker.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Traverse City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Traverse City sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Petoskey.
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Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Petoskey — 1 night

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): do a tasting at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, cruise along Tunnel of Trees - M119, and then experience rural life at Pond Hill Farm.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Petoskey day trip planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Petoskey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Mackinaw City.
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Mackinaw City — 2 nights

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get great views at Castle Rock and then stroll around Bridge View Park. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Petoskey to Mackinaw City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Mackinaw City sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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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