34 days in Michigan Itinerary

34 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan planner

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Fly
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Dearborn
— 3 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 4 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 5 nights
Drive
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Empire
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint Joseph
— 4 nights
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Dearborn

— 3 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kids will enjoy Detroit Zoo and The Preserve Golf Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Dearborn: Seven Ponds Nature Center (in Dryden), Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum & Matthaei Botanical Gardens) and Michigan International Speedway (in Brooklyn). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Henry Ford.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dearborn road trip planner.

Durham to Dearborn is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durham in June, with highs in Dearborn at 79°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Dearborn

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 24:

Frankenmuth

— 2 nights
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 25th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, and then brush up on your military savvy at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Dearborn to Frankenmuth in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:

Mackinac Island

— 4 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kids will enjoy Arch Rock and The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, tee off at Jewel Golf Course, discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island journey planning app.

Getting from Frankenmuth to Mackinac Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Frankenmuth in June, things will get little chillier in Mackinac Island: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:

Paradise

— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then look and learn at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paradise trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Ontonagon

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ontonagon: Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and Black River Harbor Recreation Area (in Ironwood).

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ontonagon trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Ontonagon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. July in Ontonagon sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

Munising

— 5 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Bring the kids along to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Marquette (Presque Isle Park & Sugarloaf Mountain) and Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, and explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Munising takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

Empire

— 3 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kids will enjoy Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Green Bird Cellars & Organic Farms in Northport (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, trek along Empire Bluff Trail, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Michigan Beach Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Empire journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Munising to Empire takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Empire are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ludington trip planner.

Getting from Empire to Ludington by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Grand Rapids

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Nelis' Dutch Village. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Muskegon (Pere Marquette Park & Michigan's Adventure). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach and walk around John Ball Zoo.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids travel website.

Drive from Ludington to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ludington, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Rapids, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:

Saint Joseph

— 4 nights
St. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Silver Beach Carousel and Silver Beach County Park. Step out of Saint Joseph with an excursion to RedBud Motocross in Buchanan--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whirlpool Compass Fountain, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the natural beauty at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, and visit a coastal fixture at St. Joseph Lighthouses.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saint Joseph road trip planner.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Saint Joseph by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Saint Joseph sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 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.