3 days in Michigan Itinerary

3 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan planner

Make it your trip
— 1 day
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Foot to Mackinaw City, MI, Bus to Alpena, Fly to Cincinnati



— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at The Henry Ford and then take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Detroit trip website.

Cincinnati to Detroit is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Detroit are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit


Side Trip

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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 13th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock and then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island vacation maker tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, Mackinac Island is a bit cooler than Detroit - with highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Tours · Adventure
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Michigan travel guide

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.