4 days in Michigan & Wisconsin Itinerary

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Detroit — 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.
On the 2nd (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenfield Village, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Birmingham to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Birmingham in September, with highs in Detroit at 75°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Traverse City.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Getting from Detroit to Traverse City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Madison.
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Madison — 2 nights

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
On the 4th (Sun), examine the collection at The House on the Rock, then admire the striking features of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , and then admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, then admire the natural beauty at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and then make a trip to Memorial Union Terrace.

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Fly from Traverse City to Madison in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Traverse City to Madison. September in Madison sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly 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.

Wisconsin travel guide

The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.