5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 1 night
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
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Detroit
— 1 night
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
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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.
On the 6th (Wed), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Mission Point Lighthouse, then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Traverse City online trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in October; daily highs in Traverse City reach 60°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.
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Grand Rapids — 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Detroit.
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Detroit — 1 night

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 9th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Grand Rapids to Detroit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Detroit sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.
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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 10th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Detroit in October, plan for little chillier nights in Frankenmuth, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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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