14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
3
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
5
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Minneapolis

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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.
Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Oval Beach (in Saugatuck), Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables (in New Era) and Holland State Park Beach (in Holland). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Grand Rapids using our trip planner.

Minneapolis to Grand Rapids is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 18th (Wed), look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. August in Frankenmuth sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

Dearborn

— 1 night
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dearborn trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Dearborn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 20th (Fri), get outside with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mackinac Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Dearborn to Mackinac Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dearborn in August; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 72°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 22nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Soo Locks and then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then do a tasting at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace online journey planner.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Traverse City

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Traverse City trip planning website.

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Traverse City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Saint Ignace in August, you will find days in Traverse City are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Presque Isle Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Munising road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Munising takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Traverse City in August, expect nights in Munising to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

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.