Check Out These 5 Popular Vacation Spots in Michigan
Summer is here, and our great state is the perfect place to vacation. You can find festivals with thousands of people, or hike in remote areas untouched by the masses. Michigan has such a beautiful and diverse landscape that you can travel from one area to the next, and feel like you’re in a whole new world. No matter what your perfect getaway consists of, you will find exactly what you need in Michigan’s spectacular peninsula. This short list is a few of the hidden gems you can find in the Mitten State this summer!
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Nestled in the northwest corner of the lower peninsula, Sleeping Bear Dunes National park is breathtaking. Winner of the most beautiful place in America in 2011, Sleeping Bear Dunes boasts over 35 miles of sandy coastline. This national forest has everything from forest, to dunes, and even natural features carved by glaciers! For those interested in historical landmarks, South Manitou Island Lighthouse from 1871 is a popular stop here. There are three Coast Guard stations nearby, as well as a historic farm district called Port Oneida Historic Farm District. Camping is very popular here, and makes for a fantastic getaway. Grab your family and don’t miss this gem!
This is a must when it comes to some of the best vacation spots the United States has to offer. This national landmark has no cars and no mainstream hotel chains. The Grand Hotel that you my recognize from the film “The Shining” is the crown jewel of Mackinac Island. This island has some of the most unique culture and scenery in the state and was voted a Top 10 U.S Island by USA Today and TripAdvisor. Come to try some of the world famous fudge, enjoy the nightlife, and explore the island with your friends and family. This is a trip you must take at least one time if you have the means to do so. You do not want to miss the opportunity to explore the island’s many hiking trails, beaches, and shops.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
This getaway is located in the Upper Peninsula. This beautiful coastline hugs the southern border of Lake Superior, and hosts some of the most beautiful cliffs and rock formations in the country. Miner’s Castle and Chapel Rock are just two of the magnificent sandstone formations that make up a majority of the park headlands. If you are a history buff, you can learn about the shipwrecks that dot the coastline here. The lighthouse that guides ships to safety in these waters was built in the 19th century, at Au Sable Point. There is even the largest bear sanctuary in the world located up here that houses 29 bears, called Oswald Bear Ranch. Pictured Rocks is the perfect vacation for those who love pure and untouched nature. This national lakeshore has each different type of ecosystem and offers some of the best hiking trails in the United States.
Travel north to Traverse City for another family friendly escape! This beautiful town on the Grand Traverse Bay has some of the best views of Lake Michigan the state could offer. In the end of June, the cherry festival brings thousands of tourists to the city. This festival lasts 8 days, and is chock full of family-friendly activities, games, pie baking contests, car shows, and more! This city is not only known for the Cherry Festival, but also for their wine! Bring your family and enjoy the beach and city, or grab your loved one, and enjoy a glass of wine at sunset! Make sure to bring your pocketbook for this trip! Many people will tell you that Traverse City is the most expensive destination in the Midwest. Traverse City also hosts other major festivals, such as the Traverse City Film Festival. This seemingly quaint town comes completely to life every chance it gets.
Another Northern Michigan location for the perfect summer getaway is Torch Lake. This 19 mile long and 18,770 acre inland lake makes it the second largest in the state. Torch Lake is also the longest inland lake in Michigan. Every summer, thousands of people come and play in the water here. During holidays such as the 4th of July, party-goers will hitch their boats together in the middle of the lake’s sandbar and make a sort of social island. This beautiful lake of turquoise is a favorite destination for those who like to fish, swim, or boat in the summer sun. I highly recommend visiting Torch Lake with some friends in the summer time. If you want a quiet get away on the lake, you can stay away from the crowds. You could also visit during a slower month than July. Camping is also available in the surrounding areas, and if you don’t want to boat on Torch Lake, there are plenty of lakes nearby!