Michigan Travel Your Guide To Visiting Michigan

Michigan Travel Your Guide To Visiting Michigan



Michigan,​ affectionately known to​ all as​ the​ mitten shaped state,​ provides 3,​200 miles of​ fresh water shoreline,​ 3.9 million acres of​ DNR managed land and dozens of​ cultured cities with museums,​ upscale restaurants and extraordinary shops. Michigan is​ a​ four-season state. Visitors have everything from fishing,​ boating,​ hiking,​ snowmobiling,​ skiing and much more. Michigan is​ most commonly known for its Upper and Lower Peninsula’s. Below are just a​ few places to​ visit throughout the​ state.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is​ a​ nature-lover’s paradise. Visitors should plan plenty of​ time to​ visit the​ 384-mile-long peninsula. the​ Upper Peninsula is​ home to​ the​ highest mountains in​ the​ Midwest and to​ all but two of​ Michigan’s 152 waterfalls. Here are just few places you​ may want to​ make sure you​ visit during your stay in​ Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Mackinac Island – Take a​ beautiful ferry ride to​ the​ island of​ Mackinac. a​ place that will take you​ back in​ time to​ horse-drawn carriages,​ quaint shops,​ and historical exhibits. Fort Mackinac was built by the​ British in​ 1782 during the​ American Revolutionary War to​ control the​ strategic Straits of​ Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. During the​ summer months,​ you​ can transport yourself back in​ time with reenactments and tours of​ the​ historical buildings on​ the​ Island.

Pictured Rocks – an​ awe-inspiring sight of​ multicolored sandstone cliffs lining Lake Superior. This 15-mile stretch of​ shoreline received its name due to​ the​ pictures that seem to​ appear on​ the​ rocks from multicolored sandstone and mineral stains on​ the​ rock surface. This stretch is​ known for its hiking trails,​ beaches and glass bottom boat tours.

Isle Royale – Wander freely with the​ wolves and moose in​ this North Woods sanctuary. 99% of​ this land mass is​ federally designated as​ wilderness. This archipelago is​ composed of​ ridges resulting from lava flows,​ which were tilted and glaciated. Isle Royale has 165 miles of​ scenic hiking trails,​ excellent fishing,​ paddling,​ shipwrecks and plenty of​ places for observing wildlife.

Houghton/Copper Harbor – Observe fantastic views from Lake Superior’s rugged shoreline to​ the​ top of​ Brockway Mountains. Here you​ can take a​ scenic drive up the​ mountain (hopefully you’ll see a​ black bear in​ the​ woods),​ do some mountain biking,​ kayak the​ Keeweenaw Water Trail or​ just relax along the​ beach. if​ you​ are looking for a​ white covered,​ snowy retreat than Copper Harbor gives you​ great snowmobiling,​ cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Drummond Island – Two-thirds of​ Drummond Island is​ state owned. the​ diverse topography ranges from cedar swamps to​ rock ledges,​ prairie meadows to​ groves of​ hardwoods,​ rocky shores to​ sandy beaches. the​ recreation available is​ as​ diverse as​ the​ terrain. Here you​ can hunt,​ fish,​ swim,​ hike,​ bike,​ stargaze and explore the​ area.

Paradise – Paradise,​ Michigan is​ a​ great little town on​ the​ shores of​ Lake Superior at​ the​ northeastern tip of​ the​ Upper Peninsula of​ Michigan. if​ you​ are a​ bird watcher,​ than this is​ the​ place to​ visit in​ the​ spring or​ fall to​ watch raptors,​ waterfowl,​ and smaller birds in​ their migration to​ and from Canada. if​ you​ love waterfalls,​ than be sure to​ visit the​ Tahquamanon Falls,​ one of​ the​ largest waterfalls east of​ the​ Mississippi River. you​ can take a​ short walk to​ the​ Observation Point,​ walk down to​ the​ bottom of​ the​ Falls,​ or​ hike on​ the​ extensive trail system that runs throughout the​ Park. Paradise,​ Michigan also offers wonderful beaches,​ hiking,​ canoeing,​ snowmobiling and many other outdoor recreation activities.

Northern Michigan – Lower Peninsula
Northern Michigan is​ an​ often-visited vacation spot offering its guests fishing,​ shopping,​ beaches,​ canoeing and much more.

Traverse City - Traverse City,​ is​ located on​ the​ west side of​ Michigan’s Lower Peninsula at​ the​ base of​ the​ Leelanau Peninsula. Traverse City offers travelers world class wineries,​ fantastic water sports,​ golf,​ a​ great downtown with shopping and restaurants,​ and much more. Michigan produces 70 to​ 75 percent of​ the​ tart cherries grown in​ the​ United States and in​ recognition,​ Traverse City celebrates with their Cherry Festival in​ July. This is​ a​ big event and is​ one you​ shouldn’t miss. Make sure to​ make reservations well in​ advance,​ as​ this is​ a​ busy time.

Gaylord - Here,​ in​ Otsego County,​ you​ can kick back and take in​ the​ beauty that is​ Northern Michigan: shimmering lakes,​ flowing rivers,​ wildernesses,​ scenic trails and great golf. With an​ average annual snowfall of​ over 150 inches,​ the​ Gaylord area is​ blessed with some of​ the​ most reliable snow conditions in​ Northern Michigan. Three downhill ski resorts and nine cross-country ski areas provide facilities and groomed trails for a​ great winter vacation.

Manistee and Ludington – Hiking and fishing are the​ attractions that draw most to​ this these two cities. Be a​ part of​ the​ North Country National Scenic Trail,​ which stretches through seven states. Michigan has the​ largest percentage of​ this trail and it​ stretches through the​ scenic Manistee National Forest. Ludington,​ Manistee’s neighbor,​ is​ known for it’s premier fishing. the​ waters between the​ Big Sable Point and the​ Little Sable Point offer some of​ the​ best fishing anywhere in​ the​ state. While the​ “big lake” fishing is​ definitely something to​ brag about,​ our inland lakes and rivers also offer the​ opportunity to​ reel in​ more than one “fish story.”

Western Michigan – Lower Peninsula
West Michigan has so much to​ see and do,​ you'll start planning your next visit before you​ finish your first! if​ your sights are set on​ learning,​ you'll love their museums and historic places. Experience the​ zoos. Explore the​ lighthouses. if​ it's adventure you're after,​ take a​ day cruise. Rent a​ dune buggy. Tame a​ wild water park. if​ culture is​ your pursuit,​ let West Michigan entertain you​ with festivals galore and performing arts year around.

Grand Haven - Visit the​ lakefront areas of​ Spring Lake and Ferrysburg or​ stroll along Grand Haven's magnificent two and one-half mile boardwalk to​ the​ spectacular beaches. Here,​ near the​ water,​ you​ will find the​ restaurants,​ snack shops,​ marinas,​ charter fishing boats,​ boutiques & specialty shops,​ trolley rides and other attractions.

South Haven – South Haven is​ renowned for great swimming off five miles of​ white-sand beach that stretches south and north from both sides of​ the​ harbor pier heads. a​ paved walkway runs from the​ south pier through town and out to​ the​ north pier,​ around the​ entire harbor. Not all trails are paved. South Haven is​ a​ town that likes to​ party. it​ is​ host to​ a​ wealth of​ year-round festivals from fine art fairs,​ the​ Annual Blueberry Festival each August,​ antique boat exhibits and many more activities each weekend.

Saugatuck – It's a​ trendy resort community,​ snuggled along the​ Kalamazoo River on​ the​ last leg of​ its journey to​ Lake Michigan. Saugatuck is​ a​ haven for fine art lovers,​ featuring more than 26 art galleries,​ studios and showrooms. Its streets are lined with upscale shops and restaurants,​ parks and gardens,​ outdoor tiki bars with live entertainment and waterfront dining. Pleasure yachts parade the​ river while seagulls cry overhead,​ soaring below the​ tips of​ sand dunes that rise like mountains to​ the​ west.

Southeast Michigan
Southeast Michigan,​ a​ region of​ seven counties,​ revolves around metropolitan Detroit. Southeast Michigan is​ home to​ many of​ the​ large corporations and businesses throughout Michigan.

Detroit – Detroit,​ like other Downtowns,​ has great things to​ offer. From cool nightclubs,​ to​ great restaurants,​ to​ awe-inspiring museums,​ Detroit has something for everyone. Looking for a​ sporting event? Detroit has two brand new stadiums in​ the​ heart of​ downtown. How about catching a​ play? Detroit’s theatre district offers nightly shows you​ won’t want to​ miss. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at​ the​ black jack table at​ one of​ three downtown casinos.

Ann Arbor – Centered on​ the​ Big Ten College,​ the​ University of​ Michigan,​ Ann Arbor offers all who visit great restaurants,​ shops,​ museums and plenty of​ outdoor activities. Spend your day hiking the​ Waterloo Recreation area,​ one of​ the​ largest state parks in​ the​ Lower Peninsula. Explore nine unique galleries containing more than 250 interactive exhibits at​ the​ Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

Lexington and the​ Thumb - Gorgeous sunrises,​ rich landscapes,​ sandy shores and playful beaches are hallmarks of​ what makes Michigan's "Thumb" area an​ excellent choice for vacations and day trip visits. Boating,​ beaching and fishing are the​ highlights of​ this wonderful area. Close to​ Metro-Detroit,​ it​ offers its visitors the​ ability to​ swim in​ the​ clear waters of​ Lake Huron and to​ spend your days catching fish like Salmon,​ Trout,​ and Perch. Don’t have your own boat? No problem,​ many charter-fishing companies are available in​ this area.

Michigan has so much to​ offer its visitors. This guide only touched on​ a​ few of​ the​ many wonderful cities throughout this grand state. From outdoor recreation,​ to​ fine restaurants,​ shops and museums,​ there is​ something for everyone.




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