37 days in Michigan & Australia Itinerary

37 days in Michigan & Australia Itinerary

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Ann Arbor, United States
— 2 nights
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
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Munising, United States
— 3 nights
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Traverse City, United States
— 3 nights
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Grand Rapids, United States
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Canberra, Australia
— 1 night
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 3 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 4 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
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Ann Arbor, United States

— 2 nights
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Dearborn (Greenfield Village & The Henry Ford), Frankenmuth (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Bronner's Christmas Wonderland) and Applewood Estate (in Flint). The adventure continues: partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ann Arbor tour planning website.

Tokyo, Japan to Ann Arbor is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 14 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ann Arbor, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Munising, United States

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park) and Sable Falls (in Grand Marais). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Munising itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ann Arbor to Munising in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Ann Arbor in June, things will get slightly colder in Munising: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Traverse City, United States

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more) and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor). And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, explore the activities along Grand Traverse Bay, and grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Traverse City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Munising in June, you will find days in Traverse City are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Rapids, United States

— 3 nights

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.
Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg) and USS LST 393 (in Muskegon). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at North Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Wentworth Falls Lookout in Wentworth Falls, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, get your game on at Flight Experience, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Sydney by flight takes about 25 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 15 hours. In July, Sydney is slightly colder than Grand Rapids - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Canberra, Australia

— 1 night

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the striking features of Parliament of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get your game on at Axxe.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Canberra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 13°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Fun & Games · Museums

Melbourne, Australia

— 5 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel planning tool.

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in July since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Gold Coast, Australia

— 3 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast driving holiday planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Gold Coast to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Beaches

Brisbane, Australia

— 4 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maleny (Giddy and Grace & Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World) and Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports, SunJet Simulations, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Brisbane sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Cairns, Australia

— 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Ngarru Gallery, Safaris, &more) and Spas (in Palm Cove). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns online attractions planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.