Michigan is the Beautiful state scenery, majestic lakes, fabulous food, quirky locales, hidden gems and Midwestern regions of the United States. Popular Michigan weekend destinations include Ann Arbor, Mackinac Island, Holland, Frankenmuth, and Grand Rapids. In spring and summer, spend your days exploring the world’s longest freshwater coastline, outstanding water sports on the many inland lakes, orchards and romantic escapes.

Well if you are fond of historic places, beautiful scenery then Michigan is a must-visit state for you.

Here is The List of Majestic and Spectacular Places to Visit in Michigan

Canoe/kayak the Pine River

Canoe/kayak the Pine River

  • The Pine is simply the best paddle sports river in lower Michigan. 
  • It is in both the Michigan Natural Rivers Program and the United States Wild & Scenic Rivers System. 
  • The Pine River is located about a half-hour west of Cadillac, offers a challenge that you won’t find on more popular rivers, like the Au Sable or Rifle. 
  • Michigan’s Pine River is a paddler’s paradise.
  • You can spend a whole day on the Pine River’s waters with paddle in hand, enjoying a refreshing swim, hike on the riverside pathway, go trout fishing, or just wiggle your toes in the sand while soaking up the sun and the scenic beauty, and you’ll understand why people of all ages are fond of pine river.

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor

  • Ann Arbor is an amazing city in the museum. It is your place if you are a history lover.
  • Ann Arbor is packed with exciting cultural, historic, and outdoor attractions for the entire family. 
  • You can visit a few of the excellent museums of the city, including UMMA – University of Michigan Museum of Art, the fascinating University of Michigan Museum of Natural History and Planetarium and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. 

Michigan Mackinac Island

Michigan Mackinac Island

  • Mackinac Island sits in Lake Huron, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. 
  • Mackinac Island where you can explore 70 miles of walking, hiking, or biking trails or try you can try a variety of water sports on the calm waters of Lake Huron.
  • Mackinac Island State Park encompasses more than 80% of Mackinac Island, providing active visitors with a wonderful playground in which to pursue outdoor activities.
  • This amazing place does not allow you to ride motor vehicles, so everyone has to make their way around on simply walking, by bicycle, on horseback, or by horse-drawn carriage.
  • The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in America, connecting Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas over the Straits of Mackinac.
  •  The bridge is a marvel of modern engineering, rising an impressive 200 feet above the water at its highest point, and it carries two lanes of traffic in each direction.

Holland

Holland

  • Holland is a city on the shore of Lake Macatawa, in Michigan. Holland is one of the top romantic Michigan vacation spots.
  • The much-photographed Big Red Lighthouse stands by the channel that connects this lake to Lake Michigan. Holland is mainly known for its Dutch heritage, which serves not only as a part of the city’s cultural identity but the local economy as well: thousands of tourists are attracted annually in the Tulip Time Festival in May, nearby Lake Michigan shoreline.
  • There are several beaches where you can simply relax on the shores of Lake Michigan or enjoy sailing, kayaking, or paddle boating – rental equipment is available from several outfitters. 
  • If you are an art and history, you can visit the Holland Museum or the Kruizenga Art Museum, and music lovers can attend the Holland Chorale and the Holland Symphony Orchestra. 
  • The Critter Barn petting zoo or blueberry picking at Behm Blueberry Farm is much enjoyed by children.

Traverse City 

Traverse City 

  • Traverse City is the county seat of Grand Traverse County, although a small portion extends into Leelanau County. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region. 
  • If you are an outdoor person you can enjoy all kinds of water sports or explore the many hiking and biking trails in the areas
  • A big foodie can enjoy brewery and winery tours and fabulous farm-to-fork restaurants. 
  • You can also make time for museum and lighthouse visits.
  • Attend the Traverse City Orchestra at the City Opera House, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Dennos Museum Center.

Lansing

Lansing

  • Lansing is one of the ideal central Michigan getaway destination offering a good variety of attractions for all ages. 
  • It is the capital city of Michigan. Dating to the 1870s, the Michigan State Capitol building features a cast-iron dome
  • Well known as an important center for educational, cultural, governmental, commercial, and industrial functions.
  • Art lovers will enjoy the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum for Contemporary Art at Michigan State University and the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. 
  • You can take a steamboat ride or enjoy strolling around Cooley Gardens or the W J Beal Botanical Garden.
  • If you are in Lansing you cannot come without exploring over a dozen wineries, breweries, and distilleries on a Makers and Shakers Tour.

Tecumseh

Tecumseh

  • Tecumseh is located on the River Raisin, only about 25 minutes from Ann Arbor and half an hour from Jackson. It is well known for events such as the harvest festival Art Walk, and the ice sculpture festival.
  • You will enjoy the taste of local wine and minigolf at the Stone Mountain Family Fun Center.
  • Tecumseh is a small historic Michigan city, one of the three oldest settlements in what was Michigan Territory. It is located on the River Raisin, only about 25 minutes from Ann Arbor and half an hour from Jackson. 
  • Most downtown buildings have been converted into businesses, shops, and restaurants, and merchants often participate in frequent social events, such as Art Walk, the harvest festival, and the ice sculpture festival.
  •  Art lovers will enjoy the free Art Trail Tecumseh exhibit of sculptures by local artists, while canoeing on the River Raisin Run is a popular activity during the warm months.
  •  Enjoy a taste of local wines on a tour of Pentamere Winery and J. Trees Cellars, spend the day golfing at Raisin Valley Golf Club or let the kids enjoy some minigolf at the Stone Mountain Family Fun Center.

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

  • Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan. It is on the Grand River.
  • On the outskirts, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has a tropical conservatory and multiple gardens. 
  • Grand Rapids was once known as America’s Furniture Capital for its fine residential furniture.
  • You can also explore historic architecture by taking a walking tour through an open-air museum. If you visit grand rapid it is impossible to ignore the Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth

  • Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan.
  • Experience Bavaria
  • Go to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
  • The river is what you need: Paddleboarding and kayaking on the cass river. Riverboat rides are more fun at this place.
  • Raise a toast: You want a glass of wine there with delicious chocolate.
  • Be a museum person: You can learn about the town’s history at the Frankenmuth Historical Museum and the Lager Mill Brewery Museum

Dunes National Lakeshore

Dunes National Lakeshore

  • The park is known for the huge scalable dunes of the Dune Climb. Beaches include Platte River Point, where the river flows into the lake. 
  • The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail winds through forests and the Port Oneida area with its 19th-century farmsteads. 
  • Visit Historic glen haven village definitely as it is a must-see place.

Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo

  • Kalamazoo is a city in southern Michigan. 
  • The Kalamazoo Valley Museum offers science, technology, and history exhibits, plus a planetarium. American and European art form the core collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. 
  • Kalamazoo Valley Museum for history lovers, and the scintillating Air Zoo, where you can learn all about aviation and enjoy rides and flight simulators.
  • You can sample local brews on a West Michigan Brewery Walking Tour or Beer and Bike Tour 

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain

  • Sugarloaf Mountain is located about six miles north of downtown Marquette on CR 550. Get there by taking Washington Street to Fourth Avenue.
  •  Turn north onto Fourth Ave., which becomes Presque Isle Ave and drive, you will see a beautiful forest canopy formed by century-old trees, and at the summit, you will be rewarded by wonderful views of Lake Superior, Marquette, Presque Isle Park, and Hogsback Mountain.
  • Most people come to Sugarloaf for an amazing view, but the forest canopy that envelops the trails is worth experiencing.
  • Sugar Loaf Mountains has an easy route option to climb with tamer grade that takes a little longer, but both paths up the mountain do require extra care as rocks and roots stick out of the ground along much of the path.

 Great Lakes Bay Region

  • The Great Lakes Bay Region is situated along the southern coastline of Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron, and it provides a great getaway destination with varied cultural and outdoor activities.
  • For the outdoor-loving enthusiast, there are hiking, biking, and other activities in the Chippewa Nature Center and Midland City Forest.
  •  The Midland Art Center, Saginaw Art Museum, Northwood Gallery, and Art Reach of Mid Michigan are sure to please art lovers, other than that historians can also explore Castle Museum, the Japanese Culture Center and the historic Alden B. Dow Home.
  • There are definite choices of entertainment such as The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Midland Symphony Orchestra, the State Theatre, Temple Theatre, and the Dow Event Center.

Manistee

Manistee

  • The entire surrounding Manistee is by the waters of Lake Michigan, Manistee Lake, and Manistee River, Downtown Manistee offers the perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts. 
  • You can enjoy paddling, tubing, and boating on miles of calm rivers by launching your boat at Manistee Municipal Marina.
  • You can learn about Manistee’s logging history as you stroll along the Manistee Riverwalk to the bustling Manistee Marina, which is the main shopping, dining, and entertainment hub.
  • Manistee is all about historic buff which includes best collections of historic buildings in Michigan, and if you are a big-time foodie then you should not miss the Saturday Farmer’s Market.

Petoskey Area

  • The Petoskey Area in northern Michigan incorporates several charming lakeside communities including Harbor Springs, Petoskey, and Bay Harbor, making this an inviting vacation destination.
  • In summer you can relax on the beaches or enjoy a wide variety of water sports, take the chairlift up Boyne Mountain, hike the trails in Avalanche Mountain Preserve, or discover the area by bike. 
  • In winter you can have with three ski resorts and the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark.
  • There are several museums for rainy days and lots of live entertainment options
  • You cannot deny that fall is the most beautiful season to visit – try one of several scenic drives to make the most of the extravagant color.

Escanaba

  • The Escanaba area on the northern Michigan peninsula includes 211 miles of beautiful beaches, shoreline, marshes, and wetlands, making it a popular vacation destination for a nature-loving person. 
  • You can see Escanaba at its colorful best on one of several Fall Colors Scenic Drives.
  • There is a lot of history to learn of Escanaba by driving along the Maywood History Trail and the Peninsula Point Interpretive Lighthouse Trail or by visiting the Delta Country Historic Museum and the Fayette Historic Townsite.
  • You have amazing choices of water sports, scuba diving, fishing, hiking, cycling, and ORV trails to ship-wreck hunting from a glass-bottomed boat.
  •  Winter is a snow time, the emphasis changes to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. 

Isle Royal National Park

Isle Royal National Park

  • Embrace nature, peace, and solitude far from the beaten track, Isle Royal National Park is just the exact place for pleasing your urge for nature. 
  • Isle Royale is a scenic, isolated, and rugged island in Lake Superior that offers adventurers an exceptional back-to-nature experience.
  • You can also enjoy several less strenuous day hikes, explore the many coves and bays by motorized boat, or take to the calmer inland waters for canoeing and kayaking. Scuba diving, guided tours, and ranger-led programs are also available.
  • Isle Royale is exceptional in winter, though it is not mushing popular place there are lots of good reasons to go, the night sky among the best.
  • Go backpacking along over 160 miles of scenic trails, sleeping at one of the 36 campsites dotted across the island. 

Detroit

  • Enjoy your action-packed vacation in Detroit popular known Motor City. 
  • Overview of Downtown Detroit on the People Mover automated railway before moving on to visit museums such as the Automotive Hall of Fame, The Henry Ford Museum, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and Dossin Great Lakes Museum is enough to know about the city.
  • It is a fun place for a family. There are family activities, including a riverboat cruise on the Detroit Princess and visits to the fabulous Detroit Zoo and the Legoland Discovery Center.
  • If you are a plant lover then you cannot miss the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle Park.
  • Detroit’s Eastern Market is that it’s the oldest farmers market in Michigan. 
  • There, you can enjoy not only some of the best fresh produce from area farmers but also take in specialty shops and restaurants. 
  • Eastern Market is open Saturdays year-round, drawing large crowds for local produce. 
  •  For the winter holidays, you can shop for locally grown trees, wreaths, homemade holiday treats, a specialty cheese shop that also has plenty of other specialty food items. 
  • Rocky Peanut, another Eastern Market mainstay for dried fruits, nuts, candies, and specialty food products. Rocky’s also has several aisles of bulk spices and seasonings.

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

  • Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is you can explore more than 9,800 acres of marshes, forest, and grasslands that form a U.S. Important Birding Area, which has global significance to over 270 species of migratory waterbirds. 
  • The Green Point Environmental Learning Center offers a further two and a half miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails and seasonal educational programs.
  • Ferguson Bayou Trail and the Woodland Trail on foot, bicycle, or skis, or choose the Wildlife Drive autoroute is what you cannot miss.
  • Several activities you can enjoy in the refuge including hunting, fishing, hiking, environmental studies, wildlife viewing, and photography.

Conclusion

Michigan is a well-known state for recreational boating because of its long freshwater coastlines. A 60,000 inland lakes and ponds. Incredible places to visit in Michigan that are the ultimate point of attraction. The view of the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Island are spectacular.

Mackinac Bridge separates the Upper and Lower Peninsula and is the fifth-longest suspension bridge in the world. Great place with majestic scenery, water parks, fabulous food and merge of weather creating unique orchards, breweries, romantic escapes, and gracious history should be in your bucket list. Comment below let us know when are you planning your tour to Michigan.

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