36 days in Michigan Itinerary

36 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 4 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
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Dearborn
— 4 nights
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Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and surround yourself with nature on Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island day trip planning app.

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect Mackinac Island to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Saint Ignace

— 4 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Venture out of the city with trips to Petoskey (Petoskey State Park, Little Traverse Wheelway, &more), Soo Locks (in Sault Ste. Marie) and Paradise (Tahquamenon Falls, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, &more). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge and enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace driving holiday website.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Munising

— 5 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park), Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden) and Marquette (Lakenenland Sculpture Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chapel Rock and Beach.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Munising trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 4 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Ontonagon side-trips: Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton), Quincy Mine (in Hancock) and Lower Silver Falls (in Baraga).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Munising to Ontonagon takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more), Crystal Lake (in Frankfort) and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse, sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Traverse City online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Traverse City in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Ontonagon in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Traverse City, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Ludington

— 4 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Explore Ludington's surroundings by going to S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia (in Manistee), Mears (Off-Road Tours & Little Sable Point Lighthouse) and Stony Lake Stables (in New Era). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, stroll around Stearns Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ludington road trip website.

Drive from Traverse City to Ludington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Saint Joseph (Whirlpool Compass Fountain, Silver Beach Carousel, &more), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Holland State Park Beach (in Holland). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, kick back and relax at Oval Beach, and see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Rapids day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Grand Rapids takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 2 nights
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 25th (Wed), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, then stroll around Carroll Park, and then relax in the rural setting at Grandpa Tiny's Farm.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Frankenmuth travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Frankenmuth can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Side Trip

Dearborn

— 4 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dearborn: Morley Candy Makers - The Home of Sanders Candy (in Clinton Township), Sugarbush Golf Course (in Davison) and The Preserve Golf Club (in Fenton). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, head outdoors with Midwest Freefall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parker Mill Park, and take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Memorial Center.

Planning Dearborn trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Frankenmuth to Dearborn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Frankenmuth in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Dearborn, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Outdoors · Museums · Golf · Trails

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
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.