Michigan is a state with much more to offer the tourist than you would believe. The state contains a mixture of forests, lively cities, gorgeous coastlines, and a blended history. Michigan is known for fishing and other water activities. The state has a coastline that is an astounding 3,288 miles long, which makes it the largest freshwater coastline in the United States. It is time to get packing and plan your trip to this unique destination. Read on to learn about the six reasons to visit Michigan this summer.
Reasons to Visit Michigan This Summer
Explore a Natural Wonder
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. This 35 mile stretch of coastline is considered one of the most beautiful places in America. Visitors will love exploring the dunes and lush forest, which have stunning views of Lake Michigan. In the Park, visitors can enjoy biking and hiking trails, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing, scuba diving and hunting. If you wish to camp in the park, reservations and permits are required.
Step Back in Time at Mackinac Island
Escape from the bustle of the big city and modern life on Mackinac Island. The island is highly regarded as one of the best tourists spots in Michigan. The island is vehicle free, and visitors get around on bicycles or horse drawn carriages. Highlights here include historic Fort Mackinac, the best preserved fort from the American Revolution, and the prestigious Grand Hotel. This island retreat is a favorite of residents of the state, and many will tell you that Mackinac Island is a must do experience while in Michigan.
Be An Academic at Ann Arbor
Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is the quintessential college town. Ann Arbor is considered by locals to have some of the best food and nightlife in the state. Nature lovers will love visiting The Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum to absorb the beautiful surroundings. The town has a diverse international food scene with over 400 restaurants to choose from in the downtown area. Taste Kitchen is a popular eatery, which serves a fusion of Vietnamese, French, and American cuisines. If you are a football fan, try to catch a college game at the largest football stadium in the entire state, located right in Ann Arbor.
See the Tulips in Holland
You will feel like you are in the Netherlands when you visit this charming small town. The town of Holland celebrates Dutch heritage every day of the year. In Holland there are plenty of things to see and do. Visitors can explore a Dutch village, climb a windmill, or hike to the top of a sand dune. You can also swim and sunbathe on the white sandy beaches located here. The town is known internationally for its Tulip Time Festival which occurs annually in May. While in Holland, enjoy the great American fare at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant, or any of the other eateries located in downtown.
Hike and Play in a Unique Landscape
A ton of outdoor experiences are waiting at Pictured Rocks National Seashore. Located on Lake Superior, the park is an outdoor lover’s paradise. See the wild beauty of this magnificent shoreline as you explore the sand dunes, waterfalls, sandstone cliffs, and the dense forest. Outdoor activities available in the park include backcountry camping, biking, hiking, hunting, swimming, and kayaking, plus much more. Guided tours of the park and ranger-led activities are scheduled regularly, so check the website for the events schedule.
Sample Wines From Michigan Vineyards
When you think of wine and vineyards, Michigan state would not come to mind. The unique glacial soils of the state provide distinctive boutiques and finishes. The are more than 140 wineries statewide. Many of these vineyards offer tastings and tours for wine aficionados. A great way to spend a weekend in this lovely state would be sampling award winning wines and exploring the beautiful communities that surround the vineyards.
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