4 days in Michigan Itinerary

4 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Start: Detroit
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Detroit
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Ludington
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Bus + Ferry:  7 h
4
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Detroit

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Detroit

Detroit ©
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 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Detroit. In July in Detroit, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Henry Ford
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Motown Museum ©
Motown Museum

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Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
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 4th (Sat): meet the residents at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Detroit to Grand Rapids by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park ©
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park

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Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Stearns Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, and then stop by The Jam Farm.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ludington day trip website.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Ludington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Grand Rapids in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Ludington, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Nature Beaches
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Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
The Jam Farm ©
The Jam Farm

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and ferry from Ludington to Mackinac Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car, flight, bus, and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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