7 days in Crystal Lake & Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Crystal Lake & Michigan Itinerary

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Crystal Lake
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Crystal Lake
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit

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Crystal Lake

— 2 nights
Crystal Lake is a city in McHenry County in the U.S. state of Illinois. On the 14th (Mon), make a splash at Six Flags Great America. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Three Oaks Recreation Area and then make a splash at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Crystal Lake trip planner.

Detroit to Crystal Lake is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Detroit to Crystal Lake. In June, daily temperatures in Crystal Lake can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Crystal Lake

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks

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Grand Rapids

— 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Wed), examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and finally get to know the resident critters at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Crystal Lake to Grand Rapids by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Crystal Lake to Grand Rapids, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Traverse City

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take a stroll through Front Street.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Grand Rapids in June since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours
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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally don't miss a visit to Trinity Church. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites
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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.