The Best Vacation Spots in Michigan

The Best Vacation Spots in Michigan
Michigan is referred to as the Great Lakes State. It is in the northeast area of the United States. Surrounded on all three sides by Lakes Huron, Michigan, Superior and Erie, the state offers activities to do both on and off of the water. From amusement parks to breathtaking landmarks, it is easy to stay active and enjoy what each area has to offer.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is located just east of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The only way to reach the island is by boat. Upon leaving the island, the majestic Mackinac Island Bridge can be seen in the distance. The island does not permit any motor vehicles so travel is encouraged by foot, horse, carriage or bike. There are plenty of activities to engage in and things to see on the island. Fort Mackinac is a must-see on the island and is Michigan's only revolutionary war fort. Guests can witness real cannon shots and daily war reenactments. The Grand Hotel is a great place to stay while visiting and is one of the area's most famous tourist attractions holding the record for the world's longest porch stretching 660 feet. Many outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy traveling the 70 miles of island road and trails by bike or on foot. This is a great way to take in the shoreline and catch a glimpse of the geological and historical landmarks of the island.


Frankenmuth is also known as Michigan's Little Bavaria. There are plenty of sightseeing attractions in this small German town in the thumb of Michigan. Because Frankenmuth is such a small town, traveling by foot is encouraged. This allows for visitors to observe the German architecture of the buildings and explore the private gardens that abound between many buildings and stores. There is also a covered wooden bridge behind the Bavarian Inn that offers great views of the Cass River. Within city limits there are wide sidewalks and side trails that lead to merchant buildings and restaurants. The largest Christmas store in the world--Bronner's Christmas Wonderland has more than 50,000 Christmas ornaments and tree trimmings for every taste. Exploring the grounds outside the store is encouraged to experience the outdoor ornamental arrangements.


Muskegon is located on the west side of the state along the shorelines of Lake Michigan. One of the major attractions to the area is Michigan Adventure theme park. The park is loaded with over 60 attractions and rides, such as Thunderhawk and RipCord, for the daredevils and plenty of kiddie rides for the youngsters. The nearby KOA offers a relaxing stay for families to relax and find reprieve. After a day of adventure, historians of all ages will enjoy visiting the USS LST393. This ship is docked in downtown Muskegon and offers daily tours providing its deep history dating back to WWII. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve offers a nature walk, fishing and the Al Ball hiking trail to observe the area wetlands.


Munising is located in the upper peninsula of Michigan on Lake Superior. This area is home to the majestic Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The highlight of Pictured Rocks is an arch that is a piece of weathered sandstone traced out by mother nature. Lightening, water, wind and other weather elements make this eroded rock one that many visit from far away and revisit again because the rocks and their shape constantly change. The Hiawatha National Forrest is located nearby the lakeshore and offers trails and backcountry camping leading up to Pictured Rocks. This is a great vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts.


Detroit is located in the lower thumb of the state. Detroit offers a fast paced and adventurous vacation spot for those who love the city life. For outdoor lovers, there are several trails in the downtown and surrounding areas, such as Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, offering a bike and river walk for observation of the Detroit River and the Southwest Detroit/Dearborn Greenway offering a paved walkway and bike trail. Both locations make it easy to get out around the metro area and enjoy area attractions. Visitors can stay and play at one of the three casinos in Detroit such as the Motorcity casino and hotel. The casino holds two floors as the hotel towers over the downtown area lighting up with LED lights as dusk sets in. A short drive to Greektown offers guests the flair of traditional Greek cuisine and gift shop flair. Nearby Ford Field is home to the Detroit Lions football team and many other large scale concert events.

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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