As someone who grew up in Michigan and regularly spent summers vacationing in various parts of the state, I’m well aware of the many sights and attractions the Great Lake state has to offer. Michigan provides many picturesque settings and fun activities for any tourist. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or beach bum, Michigan has a place for you.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, South Haven is a charming cozy town only a few hours outside of Chicago. Take a walk on the pier, dig your toes in the warm sand, or walk through the town. South Haven offers a variety of restaurants, shops, and ice cream parlors. The homemade lemonade stand on the beach provides the best lemonade in West Michigan and is a refreshing taste of summer after a long day on the beach. South Haven is often overshadowed by its big brothers Grand Haven and Saugatuck but South Haven provides a beautiful beach for all beach bums alike.
Traverse CIty was ranked byAOL Travel Newsin the #8 spot of America’s Top 10 Beach Towns– and was the only destination ranked that is not on an ocean coastline.Traverse City is one of the most beautiful towns in Michigan offering 180 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline for its residents and visitors to enjoy. Also known for its wine, the city offers an incredible amount of wineries to visit. Visitors can enjoy touring and tastings at beautiful wineries located on some of the most gorgeous landscapes Michigan has to offer.
If you’re planning a trip to Northern Michigan, St. Ignace can’t be missed. Literally, it can’t, as St. Ignace is the first town you enter after driving across the famous Mackinac Bridge heading into the Upper Peninsula. St. Ignace provides the best views of the Great Lakes in Michigan as both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are accessible from the town. Eat generous portions of seafood, view the lighthouses, and breathe in the fresh northern Michigan air. St. Ignace is just the first step in experiencing Michigan’s untouched beauty.
Conde Nast Traveler named Mackinac Island one of the top 10 islands in the world.The island is suspended in time, not allowing any vehicles onto the land. Visitors can bike, walk or take a horse carriage ride through the island. The stunning views of the Great Lakes are reason alone to visit but the island offers many activities and parks including historic Fort Mackinac. From 1875-95 it was the country’s 2nd national park after Yellowstone and recreates a Victorian era style and feel to the park.
Grand Haven’s largest attraction is the beautiful beaches along the coast of Lake Michigan. The town hosts the world’s largest musical fountain, an engineering marvel built in 1962 and processes over 90,000 gallons of water in a single performance. Take a stroll on Grand Haven’s boardwalk that runs along the harbor for 2 ‘½ miles and lined with shops, restaurants, charter fishing, boats, and more.
These are only five locations out of hundreds Michigan has to offer. Whether you’re visiting the Upper or Lower Peninsula or visiting the beach towns on the west or east side, a vacation in Michigan will not disappoint you. For other Michigan vacation ideas visit www.michigan.org.