12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Dearborn
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
5
Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Detroit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Boston

3
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive). There's much more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, get a taste of the local shopping with Front Street, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Traverse City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Boston to Traverse City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Boston in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 54°F in Traverse City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Empire
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 6th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in June, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. On the 8th (Mon), explore the fascinating landscape at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus and then buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Mackinac Island to Frankenmuth in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Frankenmuth: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Nature Parks
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Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops

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hours
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 8th (Mon), examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dearborn holiday planner.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Dearborn in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. June in Dearborn sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Holland.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums
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Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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nights
Holland

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. On the 9th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Nelis' Dutch Village and then walk around Windmill Island Gardens. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Holland attractions website .

Drive from Dearborn to Holland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Holland

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Windmill Island Gardens ©
Windmill Island Gardens
Nelis' Dutch Village ©
Nelis' Dutch Village

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Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Port Huron (Hulett Farms "The Corn Man" & Blue Water Bridge) and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (in Auburn Hills). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Detroit Zoo, stroll around Belle Isle Park, and admire the striking features of The Guardian Building.

Before you visit Detroit, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Holland to Detroit in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in Detroit, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Port Huron, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Detroit Zoo
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Belle Isle Park ©
Belle Isle Park
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Motown Museum ©
Motown Museum

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