Three, Five and Seven Day Itineraries

NASCAR fans heading to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) for the August 17-19 Race Weekend can plan an extended stay before or after the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series on Sunday. 

Here are examples of ways to expand your experience in the Great Lakes State. Mix, match, or combine elements of each itinerary. You cant go wrong with a Pure Michigan vacation! 

West of MIS

You dont have to venture far from the campgrounds at MIS to find activities for the whole family. Spend a few extra days in the lower central area of the state near Jackson and Coldwater, which is on the historic US-12 Heritage Trail: 

Make it a five-day vacation by adding these attractions in the Battle Creek/Kalamazoo area: 

Squeeze in two more days and include a memorable visit to Lake Michigans Harbor Country. There you can: 

Detroit to MIS A trail of great sights and tastes

Northeast trails and attractions

Race fans can also take a few days and head North. Below are some suggested places to stay, eat and play: 

Make it a five-day vacation by adding these attractions on your way to the Flint area: 

Make it seven days and take time to experience Michigans Little Bavaria, Frankenmuth: 

Southeast - Swing southeasterly from MIS to explore historic sites, small towns and spend a few days on the Lake Erie shore

For a three day trip, take some time to experience Lenawee County. 

Make it a five day trip with stops in Dundee and Monroe:

Add Lake Erie to the itinerary for a seven-day trip:

And for those who have a need for more speed, the Flat Rock Speedway and Milan Dragwayare an easy drive from any of these attractions in southeastern Michigan.

Northwest of MIS

Take an excursion to Grand Rapids. Spend a day (or two) on the beach and take a trip to Holland---no passport required. It is less than 140 miles from MIS to Grand Rapids.  

Three days are easily filled exploring Michigans second largest city: 

Make it a five-day adventure with trips to communities surrounding Grand Rapids: 

To round out the week head south to Holland: 

Regardless of which direction you drive, you can hit the sun, sand and surf at your choice of Michigan Beachtowns, nine Lake Michigan communities between the Indiana border and Ludington. 

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