6 days in Detroit & Traverse City Itinerary

6 days in Detroit & Traverse City Itinerary

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Detroit
— 3 nights
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Traverse City
— 2 nights

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Howell's MainStreet Winery and Depot Town. Venture out of the city with trips to State Street (in Ann Arbor) and Fox Hills Golf Course & Banquet Center (in Plymouth). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Two James Spirits, learn more about the world around you at DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St. Mary's Church, and stop by John K. King Books.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit vacation planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Detroit. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Traverse City.

Things to do in Detroit

Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries · Golf · Wineries

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Traverse City

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, glide through natural beauty at Crystal Mountain, and then tee off at Caberfae Peaks. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, then sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, then do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Black Star Farms.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner.

You can fly from Detroit to Traverse City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Traverse City are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Wineries

Side Trips

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