5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan itinerary planner

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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit
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Detroit
— 1 night
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Grand Rapids

— 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and Stony Lake Stables. Relax by the water at Holland State Park Beach and Pere Marquette Park. When in Grand Rapids, make a side trip to see Oval Beach in Saugatuck, approximately Saugatuck away. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids online travel route planner.

Dallas to Grand Rapids is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Dallas to Grand Rapids, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dallas in August: high temperatures in Grand Rapids hover around 81°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 9th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and then see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island vacation tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Grand Rapids to Mackinac Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Grand Rapids in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure · Museums

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.
On the 10th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village and then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Detroit attractions planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Detroit in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in August: highs in Detroit hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

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.