8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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— 1 night
— 1 night
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Drive to Sault Ste Marie, Fly to Warsaw



— 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then explore the galleries of Motown Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Detroit travel planning site.

Warsaw, Poland to Detroit is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Warsaw to Detroit is minus 6 hours. In October, Detroit is somewhat warmer than Warsaw - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Side Trip

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— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth visit planner.

You can drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Detroit in October since evenings lows in Frankenmuth dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. October in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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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 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and then see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Parks · Adventure · Museums
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Michigan travel guide

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.