8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Detroit
— 1 day
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to New York City

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Detroit

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit online vacation planner.

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Detroit, with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 3rd (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Frankenmuth online itinerary maker.

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 July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Frankenmuth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

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 4th (Mon), stop by Light of Day Organics, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse, then grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City holiday maker.

Getting from Frankenmuth to Traverse City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Sand Point Beach.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Munising journey planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Munising in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Munising: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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 8th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, then browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online travel planner.

Do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.