18 days in Michigan Itinerary

18 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner

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Frankenmuth
— 1 day
Drive
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Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly
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Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 3 nights
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Ludington
— 2 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
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Frankenmuth

— 1 day
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Frankenmuth trip planner.

Kalamazoo to Frankenmuth is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In July, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

Dearborn

— 1 night
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dearborn trip planner.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Dearborn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Munising.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) (in Manistique) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chapel Rock and Beach, and walk around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Munising sightseeing planner.

Getting from Dearborn to Munising by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dearborn in July, with highs in Munising at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Ontonagon

— 3 nights
Step out of Ontonagon to go to Houghton and see Mineral Museum of Michigan, which is approximately 1h 5 min away.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon holiday tool.

Getting from Munising to Ontonagon by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On your second day here, stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and then discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mackinac Island day trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ontonagon to Mackinac Island. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

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). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, expect nights in Traverse City to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Stearns Park, immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, and then explore the galleries of S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia. On the next day, kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and then ride a horse along Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables.

Make your Ludington itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Ludington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Ludington sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Grand Rapids

— 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Saint Joseph (Whirlpool Compass Fountain & Silver Beach Carousel), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Rapids travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Ludington to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ludington in July, expect nights in Grand Rapids to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

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.