6 days in Michigan Itinerary

6 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip builder

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Make it your trip
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit

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Detroit

— 1 night

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 6th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts and then take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Detroit trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 8th (Fri), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Frankenmuth online route planner.

Getting from Detroit to Frankenmuth by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Frankenmuth when traveling from Detroit in October, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

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

Grand Rapids

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip planner.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In October in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Traverse City

— 1 night

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.
On the 10th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Traverse City online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip site.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in October, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are slightly colder, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Nature · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

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.