Choosing a vacation location can be difficult and flying is pricey. Why not stay local and visit some of Michigan’s most treasured, historic and beautiful areas! All within driving distance, these top eight vacation spots will surely leave lasting memories.
Known as a tourist attraction, this small island is the perfect weekend getaway trip everyone needs to experience. Take a step back in time on this car-free, 3.8 square-mile island. From biking to sight-seeing, beaches and shopping this truly is a staple in the state's history.
Michigan's cherry capital sits in the top left of the lower peninsula and offers an equal amount of excitement and relaxation. Famous for its breweries, vineyards, national lakeshore, winter and summer skiing and many other outdoor activities it will not disappoint anyone in the family!
An old harbor town with wooden docks makes it feel like a whole new culture and experience to anyone who goes. A fish town with the feel of an east coast village has been referred to as one of the best harbors to visit in Michigan. Leland comes alive in the summer months with tourists, food, drink and festivals.
This national lakeshore offers some of the most beautiful views in the state. Visit and see several waterfalls, multicolored rock formations, lighthouses and shipwrecks on foot or by bike, boat or even kayak! This spot is picture perfect so don't forget to bring a camera.
Sleeping Bear Dunes
The Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore spans around 35 miles of the northwest coast of the lower peninsula. The astounding park features beaches, forests, dunes, and more. Formed by glaciers, visiting the dunes offers a great way to study Michigan's geographical history and how the great lakes were formed. Rustic camps scattered throughout the park provide a great rest and relaxation retreat.
One of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, 3,000 gallons on average flow over the upper falls every second. This waterfall has both an upper and lower part; the upper is the largest and the more known of the two and the lower is smaller and requires walking and rowing to get to. A beautiful adventure waiting to happen!
Hop on the interstate and keep driving because this town is a straight shot north. It's only 30 minutes from Pictured Rocks and just north of Seney National Wildlife Refuge so it's perfect if you want to visit multiple landmarks! A smowmobiling town in the winter and several piers for fishing in the summer the town features the typical one street length downtown ready to be explored.
Isle Royal National Park
Michigan's hidden gem, this island is the most northers part of Michigan. The park has such incredible scenery and sometimes even wild wolves and moose can be seen! The park offers 165 miles of trails and shorelines and 36 campgrounds. Plan carefully as there are only three points of entry from the mainland; Houghton, Copper Harbor, and Grand Portage.
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