7 Day Michigan Itinerary: An Epic Adventure Through the Great Lakes State

7 Day Michigan Itinerary | An Epic Adventure Through the Great Lakes State| By: Chris Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Published: April 23, 2023

Embarking on a 7 day Michigan itinerary is like diving into a treasure chest of exciting adventures and jaw-dropping natural beauty. The Great Lakes State beckons you to explore its lively cities, pristine beaches, and everything in between.

Kick-start your escapade in the bustling city of Detroit, where you can marvel at the automotive world's wonders at the Henry Ford Museum and savor the city's scrumptious culinary scene. Traverse City, a true cherry and vineyard haven, is a must-visit destination during your 7 day Michigan itinerary. Indulge in delightful wine tasting experiences and treat your taste buds to farm-fresh delicacies at local eateries.

As you continue your jaunt, the mesmerizing Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore awaits your arrival. With its majestic sand dunes and crystal-clear waters, this natural wonder will leave you breathless. Immerse yourself in Michigan's nautical history by visiting one of its many iconic lighthouses, like the picturesque Grand Haven South Pierhead Light.

No Michigan adventure is complete without a visit to the magical Mackinac Island. Traverse the island's charming trails on foot, by bike, or in a horse-drawn carriage.

Finally, put a cherry on top of your 7 day Michigan itinerary by venturing north to the captivating city of Marquette. Nestled along the shores of Lake Superior, Marquette offers outdoor enthusiasts and culture lovers alike a treasure trove of experiences. Explore the city's historic downtown, hike to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for breathtaking views, or relax on the sandy shores of Presque Isle Park, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Are you ready? LET'S GO!

The Ultimate Michigan Road Trip: 7 Day Itinerary and Interactive Map

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for more info, addresses and photos of the stops.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all of our stops. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header.
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing.

Day 1: Detroit – Unleash Your Inner Motorhead

The Henry Ford Museum

Where: 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

Immerse yourself in Detroit's automotive legacy by exploring the fascinating exhibits at The Henry Ford Museum.  Also, Greenfield Village is located next door, and is an open-air living history museum that transports visitors back in time by showcasing America's rich historical and cultural heritage. 

Spread across 80 acres, the Greenfield Village features over 100 authentic, historic buildings, including Thomas Edison's laboratory, the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop, and Henry Ford's birthplace.

Visitors can explore the carefully preserved structures, interact with costumed interpreters, and participate in hands-on activities that provide a glimpse into the daily lives of Americans in the past. From vintage car rides to working farms, Greenfield Village offers an immersive, educational experience for history enthusiasts and families alike.

Motown Museum

Where: 2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208

Get your groove on at the Motown Museum, where the infectious beats of legendary musicians still resonate through the halls.  Visit "Hitsville U.S.A." (nickname given to Motown's first headquarters and recording studio) to see the actual apartment Berry Gordy lived in during the label’s earliest days., See the original recording equipment and famous Studio A.

Belle Isle Park

Where: 2 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Bask in the urban oasis of Belle Isle Park, offering a delightful fusion of nature, culture, and recreation.  You can walk the beach, visit the incredible Belle Isle Aquarium and observatory, or snap photos of the scenic James Scott Memorial Fountain. 

Detroit Art Institute

Where: 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

We absolutely love the Detroit Art Institute!  You can spend the entire day exploring their 100 galleries spanning 658,000 square feet! Oh and you can also get your coffee fix in their lovely cafe!  

Day 2: Ann Arbor – The Quintessential College Town Experience

University of Michigan Campus Tour

Where: Main entrance is located at 500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Discover the architectural splendor and vibrant atmosphere of the University of Michigan's stunning campus. There are several museums on campus such as the Kelsey Architectural Museum that we just love to visit. 

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Where: 220 E Ann St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Ignite your curiosity at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, an interactive playground for inquisitive minds.

Nichols Arboretum

Where: 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Wander through the lush, verdant landscape of Nichols Arboretum, a tranquil sanctuary for nature enthusiasts.

Ann Arbor Art Museum

Where: 525 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Plan to spend a few hours perusing the incredible art at the Ann Arbor Art Museum!  Chris has a big grin the photo above!

State Street District

There is no specific address for the district, but it is located between South University Avenue and William Street, and from State Street to the west to Ingalls Mall to the east.

Experience the lively pulse of Ann Arbor's State Street District, a hub of eclectic shops, eateries, and entertainment.  It's a super busy place during the Ann Arbor Art Fair in July.  OH, and be sure to check out Graffiti Alley for a completely new art experience!

Day 3: Grand Rapids – The Artful Heart of Michigan

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Delight in the extraordinary fusion of art and nature at the enchanting Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Behold the diverse and captivating collections showcased at the esteemed Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Downtown Market Grand Rapids, 435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Satisfy your epicurean cravings at the bustling Downtown Market, a gastronomic haven for food enthusiasts.

Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Travel through time at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, offering a glimpse into Michigan's storied past.

Day 4 of our 7 Day Michigan Itinerary: Traverse City – A Wine Lover's Paradise

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front St, Empire, MI 49630

Marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, where towering dunes meet crystal-clear waters. 

Traverse City Wine Tour

Popular wineries that offer tours and tastings include Chateau Chantal, Mari Vineyards, and Bowers Harbor Vineyards.

Embark on a vinous voyage through Traverse City's esteemed wineries, sampling the finest local libations.

Fishtown Leland, 203 E River St, Leland, MI 49654

Stroll through the charming, historic Fishtown Leland, a quaint fishing village offering unique shops and eateries.  We love walking over the scenic dam and shopping all along Main Street. 

Clinch Park Beach, 111 E Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City, MI 49684

Unwind on the sandy shores of Clinch Park Beach, a serene lakeside retreat perfect for basking in the sun. You can also rent kayaks to explore the calm waterways. 

Day 5: Mackinac Island – A Step Back in Time

Mackinac Island Ferry Ride 

The Mackinac Island Ferry departs from several locations, including Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, both located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The exact address of the departure point depends on which ferry company you choose to use. Some popular ferry companies include Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry, and Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry.

Sail under the Mackinac Bridge to the enchanting Mackinac Island, an awe inspiring journey and picturesque haven where time seems to stand still.

Grand Hotel, 286 Grand Ave, Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Marvel at the opulence of the iconic Grand Hotel, a living testament to the island's storied past. You can pay a small fee and tour the grounds of this majestic hotel. 

Fort Mackinac, 7127 Huron Rd, Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Explore the historic Fort Mackinac, where the echoes of 18th-century life still linger.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Horse-drawn carriage tours depart from several locations on Mackinac Island, including downtown Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel. The exact address of the departure point depends on which tour company you choose to use. Some popular tour companies include Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Grand Hotel Carriage Tours, and Gough Carriage Tours.

Experience the island's timeless charm from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage, the perfect way to explore its scenic beauty.

Day 6: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Mother Nature's Masterpiece

Miners Castle, Miners Castle Rd, Munising, MI 49862

Gaze upon the striking Miners Castle formation, one of the many awe-inspiring sights at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Pictured Rocks Boat Tour, 100 City Park Dr, Munising, MI 49862

Embark on a boat tour to fully appreciate the breathtaking beauty and grandeur of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We absolutely LOVED this cruise!  You will see such incredible scenery all along the way.

Chapel Rock and Beach, Chapel Beach Rd, Munising, MI 49862

Hike to the iconic Chapel Rock and Beach, where nature's splendor unfolds before

Day 7: Marquette – Upper Peninsula Adventure Marquette, 7 Day Michigan Itinerary Wrap Up

Maritime Museum, 300 N Lakeshore Blvd, Marquette, MI 49855

Begin your final day in Michigan by visiting the Marquette Maritime Museum, where you'll learn about the region's rich maritime history and get a glimpse of the iconic Marquette Harbor Lighthouse.

Presque Isle Park, 1201 N Lakeshore Blvd, Marquette, MI 49855

Next, explore the serene Presque Isle Park, a nature lover's paradise with stunning views of Lake Superior, picturesque trails, and abundant wildlife.

Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855

Take a stroll around the beautiful campus of Northern Michigan University, home to impressive architecture, lush green spaces, and a lively student community.

Downtown Marquette Blackrocks Brewery, 950 W Washington St, Marquette, MI 49855

Spend the afternoon in downtown Marquette, where you'll find a unique blend of historic charm, modern amenities, and a vibrant arts scene.

End your Michigan itinerary on a high note with a visit to Blackrocks Brewery, a local favorite that offers a variety of handcrafted brews in a cozy, laid-back atmosphere.

And there you have it!

With this 7-day Michigan itinerary, you'll experience the diverse beauty, charm, and excitement that the Great Lakes State has to offer. From the bustling streets of Detroit to the rugged wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, there's truly something for everyone in Michigan. So pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to create unforgettable memories on your whirlwind tour of this incredible state!

Sherry Trautman Bio Picture

About the Lead Author | Sherry Trautman

Thanks for stopping by!

Our Words of Wisdom: “Never follow anyone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, then by all means follow that path.”

"Sherry & Chris"

We're Sherry and Chris the founders of one of Michigan's most comprehensive and Top Travel Blogs!

    Sherry Trautman is a seasoned business owner and a multifaceted content creator, deeply entrenched in the world of travel in Michigan. With her extensive background in writing, editing, photography, marketing, website design, web mastering, social media, and publishing, she is the driving force behind the acclaimed Michigan Travel site "Travel-mi.com." A lifelong Michigander, Sherry's journey began in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan led her to St. Joseph during her formative years, and further to Kalamazoo for her higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Fine Art from Western Michigan University. Her career initially blossomed in Battle Creek, where she contributed significantly to aviation, marketing, and the art industry.

    In 2018, Sherry, alongside her husband Chris, embarked on a passionate endeavor with the inception of Travel-MI.com. This venture was not just a business but a full-time commitment to exploring and celebrating the diverse landscapes and communities of Michigan. Together, they tirelessly traverse the state, curating unique experiences, capturing stunning visuals, and weaving engaging narratives that showcase Michigan's rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty. From her early experiences in different Michigander locales to her extensive professional background, Sherry's life and work epitomize a deep-rooted expertise in Michigan travel, making her an authoritative voice in this niche.

Sherry & Chris are at the Inn at Bay Harbor and looking out at the lake.
Read More About Us Here

Join our newsletter of Michigan Explorers!

Share Social

When you wish destinations came with a 30 second trailer so you can see what you’re getting yourself into.  

If you whine and are nice, IM us and we will tell you if you are truly screwed or not. 

Where Do You Want To Start Your Next Adventure?

Slickstream Search Box