5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan holiday planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
3
Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to New York City

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village and then examine the collection at The Henry Ford. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and then take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit tour builder tool.

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Detroit hover around 75°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth trip planner.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Frankenmuth when traveling from Detroit in September, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours
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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 10th (Fri), learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Traverse City driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Traverse City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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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