8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
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Munising
— 1 night
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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, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Detroit
— 1 night
Fly

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Munising

— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You've now added Chapel Falls to your itinerary. On the 29th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Chapel Falls, then explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps and more tourist information, use the Munising trip itinerary maker app.

Pittsburgh to Munising is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Pittsburgh in September, expect nights in Munising to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and then stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip builder website.

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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 3rd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth trip maker app.

Getting from Traverse City to Frankenmuth by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Detroit

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Detroit tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Frankenmuth to Detroit by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Detroit, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

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.