27 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 5 nights
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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit


Detroit — 4 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shiawassee Arts Center and Horrocks Farm Market. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Seven Ponds Nature Center will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Matthaei Botanical Gardens (in Ann Arbor), Great Lakes National Cemetery (in Holly) and The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall (in Livonia). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, shop like a local with Park West Gallery, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Detroit attractions planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Detroit. In May in Detroit, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Frankenmuth.
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Frankenmuth — 4 nights

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get outdoors at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Tawas Point State Park. Appreciate the collections at Michigan Heroes Museum and Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankenmuth: Port Austin (The Huron County Nature Center & Wilderness Arboretum & Port Crescent State Park). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, see the interesting displays at Frankenmuth Lager Mill, and get some fabulous bargains at Birch Run Premium Outlets.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth travel route builder app.

You can drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Frankenmuth sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Holland.
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Holland — 4 nights

Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Get a sense of the local culture at Gilmore Car Museum and Fenn Valley Vineyards. Get outdoors at Holland State Park Beach and Kalamazoo Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph), Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier (in Grand Haven) and Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, contemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site, stroll around Windmill Island Gardens, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Holland vacation tool.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Holland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 5 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.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Front Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and Mission Point Lighthouse for their historical value. Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Ludington State Park (in Ludington), Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse (in Manistee) and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (in Empire). There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, stop by The Cheese Lady Traverse City, do a tasting at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, and view the masterpieces at Michigan Artists Gallery.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Traverse City journey builder.

You can drive from Holland to Traverse City in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Holland in May since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Munising.
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Munising — 4 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Get outdoors at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Chapel Rock and Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sand Point Beach and Miner's Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise) and End of the Road Winery (in Germfask). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, and stop by UP-Scale Art.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Munising road trip planning site.

You can drive from Traverse City to Munising in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Traverse City in June; daily highs in Munising reach 68°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marquette.
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Marquette — 2 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. On the 6th (Tue), explore the engaging exhibits at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, stroll around Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery, and finally visit Downtown Marquette. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Beth Millner Jewelry, then experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marquette vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes an hour. In June in Marquette, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 3 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get in touch with nature at Arch Rock and Mackinac Island State Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, make a trip to Sugar Loaf, take in the exciting artwork at Maeve's Arts, and identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Marquette to Mackinac Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Michigan travel guide

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.