9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Munising
— 1 night
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw City, MI, Foot to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Detroit
— 1 night
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Munising — 1 night

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then stop by UP-Scale Art, and finally explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Munising trip planner.

Green Bay to Munising is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Green Bay in July, plan for little chillier days in Munising, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): experience the excitement of Forge a Memory, admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, contemplate the long history of Fort Mackinac, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island vacation planner.

Do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, you will find days in Traverse City are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the striking features of Meyer May House, see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally trek along Cascade Peace Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grand Rapids tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.
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Frankenmuth — 1 night

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth road trip app.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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 29th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenfield Village.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Detroit trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Detroit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Michigan travel guide

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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.
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