15 days in Finland & Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Finland & Michigan Itinerary

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Helsinki, Finland
— 5 nights
Fly
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Detroit, United States
— 2 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island, United States
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City, United States
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids, United States
— 3 nights
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Helsinki, Finland

— 5 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki planning tool.

Atlanta, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Atlanta in May, you will find days in Helsinki are much colder (60°F), and nights are little chillier (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Detroit.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 2:

Detroit, United States

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then ponder the design of James Scott Memorial Fountain. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Motown Museum, then contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, and finally browse for treasures at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Detroit trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Detroit takes 14.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Helsinki in June, things will get a bit warmer in Detroit: highs are around 79°F and lows about 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

Mackinac Island, United States

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Great Turtle Kayak Tours, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally don't miss a visit to Trinity Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island online journey maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Detroit in June, with highs in Mackinac Island at 67°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

Traverse City, United States

— 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 7th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Grand Rapids, United States

— 3 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 Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Hemlock Crossing (in West Olive) and Holland (Windmill Island Gardens, Holland State Park Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, walk around Hudsonville Nature Center, and admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.