15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Fly
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Dearborn
— 1 night
Drive
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
3
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Ferry
7
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to San Diego

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Dearborn

— 1 night
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 23rd (Thu), browse for treasures at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then examine the collection at Greenfield Village, and finally admire the local landmark of James Scott Memorial Fountain.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Dearborn day trip website.

San Diego to Dearborn is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego to Dearborn, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Dearborn, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then learn about winemaking at St. Julian Winery, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Frankenmuth road trip planner.

You can drive from Dearborn to Frankenmuth in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dearborn in September, Frankenmuth is little chillier at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Wineries · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): walk around John Ball Zoo, see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Windmill Island Gardens, examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, and then hike along Cascade Peace Park.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids online day trip planner.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive). And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

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Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Palms Book State Park (in Manistique) and Marquette (Lakenenland Sculpture Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, &more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Munising trip planner.

Drive from Traverse City to Munising in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Munising are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and then visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, view the masterpieces at Riverstone Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway.

Plan trip to Saint Ignace with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Munising to Saint Ignace by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Saint Ignace sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mission Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip maker app.

Ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

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.