Interesting Places In Michigan | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
The Top 10 Interesting Places in Michigan - The Ultimate Bucket List is finally here!
Have you been itching to visit Michigan but wasn't sure where to go? We understand! Our state can be overwhelming due to sheer size and vast amount of fascinating things to see and do! We've got your back!
I promise some unexpected destinations!
So, we ask you: where will your travels take you this year?
Ok, ok, here's a hint: On exhilarating dune rides? Divonian fossil hunting? On an adventurous duck boat ride or island exploration? Who knows!
Let's start checking off your Michigan bucket list! Grab your bag, sunscreen and party pants. Let's go!
Seriously, Mackinac Island is one of our favorite places to visit in the summer. But you might say, "Hey Sherry, be more original, everyone knows about Mackinac Island!"
Bah...to that I say, why mess with perfection? I would be amiss if I didn't add it (and it's my list, so...)
I hate too gush (not really), but what's not to love about biking all around an ISLAND while exploring caves, famous arches and marinas?
We adore the fresh breezes, carriage rides, discovering hidden spots, packing our lunches to eat along the shore, noshing on fudge and being one with nature.
Need more information about hotels, things to do, secret spots, where to eat on Mackinac Island?
Click here for the free Mackinac Island Guide to Everything
Rockport State Park, Alpena, MI
We were in absolute awe of the vast open spaces, exquisite scenery, and diverse activities at Rockport State Park. There are 4,237-acres to explore by hiking, biking or walking.
Here is a list of the cool things to see at Rockport State Park:
If you only have one day to explore the park, we high recommend bringing your bikes so you can ride to the quarry, search for fossils and stay to observe the vast beauty of the sky after dark.
There are only pit toilets and no food is available so pack accordingly.
Read more about Rockport State Park on our designated page. You'll see why it makes our Top 10 Interesting Places in Michigan list!
My friends, if you have never been to East Tawas, I urge you to get all kinds of adverturey and head over there...Pronto. (Speaking of, grab a surprisingly good Pronto Pup hot dog on a stick while you are there!)
If you love shopping, I recommend parking in the marina lot (very nice restrooms next to the parking lot), walk across the street and head down Newman street. Grab a chai tea at the Tea House and start shopping!
If you prefer exploring, check out my East Tawas adventures here.
SPOILER! A full day of adventures include exploring a spectacularly beautiful marina, building sandcastles on the beach, exploring a designated birding trail and hiking scenic trails along the shoreline.
You will see why East Tawas made our Top 10 Interesting Places in Michigan list!
One of our favorite Michigan waterfalls is the Hungarian Falls located in Hubbell, Michigan. Dover Creek roars over three sets of stunning falls on its way to Torch Lake.
We were in absolute awe of these gorgeous falls during our visit this past summer. The roaring of the falls and the cool mist is so mesmerizing and refreshing.
The best time to visit the falls is in the spring when the water levels are highest. It's also cooler temps so dress in layers.
Plan to spend a few hours exploring and fully enjoying Hungarian Falls. You will see why it made our Interesting Places in Michigan list!
The International Dark Sky Park is located about 3 miles west of Mackinaw City. I can't believe we didn't know about this magical place until a couple years ago (face palm).
The Dark Sky Park a fantastic spot to view the stars and constellations without light pollution. It's a must see during your Michigan vacation, especially when visiting Mackinac Island since it's so close.
Concrete arched seating is positioned just perfect for optimal sky viewing! We recommend bring a cushion for your comfort.
Bathrooms (with flushing toilets!) are available with red lighting so bright lights don't mess up your night vision!
TIP: Be sure to watch the weather before you go. A clear, cool night is the best time to view the stars! If there's haze or cloud cover, you will be disappointed.
You will quickly see why the Dark Sky Park definitely makes our Interesting Places in Michigan List!
More Michigan Dark Sky Parks are listed here. One you visit one, you will be obsessed with finding more!
Binder Park Zoo is a fantastic zoo for so many reasons. Trust me on this one, I used to live about 20 minutes from the zoo and was a ridiculously frequent visitor.
Binder Park Zoo makes our Top 10 Interesting Places in Michigan list because:
OH, and peacocks roam free which is very cool!
Plus you get to feed giraffes!!! That's reason enough to visit!
Binder Park also has lots of shade trees, numerous clean bathrooms and is easy to navigate with children.
We absolutely adore Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore! I mean just look how happy we are! ;)
We have snowmobiled there and explored the area by foot in the summer. The views are absolutely outstanding!!
Kayaking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is high up on my bucket list...it's quiet expensive but I hear the views are absolutely amazing! The glass bottom boat tours are also worth checking out.
But don't take my word for it, you need to visit Pictured Rocks for yourself!
The Silver Lake area feels like it's own world...or planet for that matter. Once you arrive, you'll forget about everything else. It's hard to explain until you visit for yourself.
If you love gettin' a little crazy on the dunes and love beaches, this place is definitely for you!
Want to go out on the dunes? Bring your own vehicle (make sure you research the requirements first), join up with an outfitter that rents jeeps or go out on the dunes with Mack Woods...Here's what we thought!
If you haven't visited Saugatuck, here's why you need to add this quaint lake town to your spring or summer Michigan bucket list.
NO? HOP TO IT!! Here's more ideas to get you going-->A Guide to Saugatuck
Isle Royale National Park is a remote island cluster in Lake Superior, near Michigan’s border with Canada. It is a peaceful island with dense forests and sparkling lakes and waterways, where moose and wolves roam free.
HOW FREAKIN' COOL IS THAT?
But don't worry, if camping next to wolves isn't your cup of tea, you can book a room at their lodge! They will pack you a lunch and send you off on a guided tour! READ MORE HERE!
We definitely felt Midland Michigan needed to be added to our Top Ten Interesting Places in Michigan list due to the wide variety of adventures and fun things to do!
We get more in depth about Midland Michigan here!
We hope you are truly inspired by our Top 10 Interesting Places in Michigan! Let's start traveling Michigan!
Seriously, don't hibernate all winter! We've got some seriously cool places to investigate this winter! Winter in Michigan is ripe with adventure!
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If you haven't visited Saugatuck, here's why you need to add this lake town to your spring or summer bucket list. . *Ever been on a Chain Ferry? *Experienced a Duck Boat? *Wheezed, sweated and dragged your carcass to the top of Mt. Baldhead? YEAH, it 's that awesome. *Can you say beaches? *Wandered along a riverwalk with melty ice cream? *What about screamed your head off on a dune ride? . Didn't think so. HOP TO IT. See our crazy a$$ adventures on my bio! (can I say ass or will everyone unfollow us?) I would be sad. ; ( . . . #saugatuck #saugatuckdouglas #saugatuckmi #saugatuckmichigan #thegreatlakesstate #michiganderthreads #onlyinmichigan #Michigan #puremichigan #greatlakesstate #travelingmichigan #michiganders #mittensmitten #michiganaddict #onlyinmichigan #mittenlove #thingstodoinmichigan #michiganoverboard #michigan_wanderlust #capuringmichigan #michiganunsalted #puremichigan #michiganphotographer #michigan_lovers_photos #beachtowns #photooftheday #travel #travelphotography #familytravel
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