2021 Michigan Travel Guide | Free Visitor Destinations, Cities and Ideas


The Ultimate 2021 Michigan Travel Guide | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

This travel guide is the most in depth, accurate and fun vacation planner on the internet!

Are you a tourist or a life-long Michigander looking for great Michigan destinations, ideas, attractions and vacation ideas? This guide is for you!

Check it out!  We've got...

  • Michigan cities with ideas of the best things to see and do
  • Interactive map of Michigan: Easily choose your destination and region!
  • Colorful photos to inspire your vacation

Plus...

  • Best places to visit in Michigan
  • Great Michigan day trips or getaways
  • Unique places to visit in Michigan
  • Awesome vacations for families, solo or couples
  • Top tourist spots, towns and cities

Where will your Michigan travels take you this year?


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How to Use This Michigan Travel Guide

Hi! We are Sherry and Chris!

We spent three years organizing this continually updated Michigan Travel guide and planner with the goal of helping you plan (or spark inspiration) for your next vacation or road trip. 

Are you ready? Grab your camera and your party pants as things are about to get sporty!

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Michigan Travel Guide Interactive City Map

We created this easy Interactive Michigan Travel Guide Map as a visual aid to help you choose a region and then a destination.  See how to use the map below.



Helpful Michigan Map Tips:

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for a link to more information, photos and tips.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the map Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all the Michigan cities. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header. 
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing. 

Keep scrolling for quick links to specific Michigan cities!  



Love Camping or Michigan Festivals?

This Michigan Travel Guide has this too!


Exciting Michigan Cities, Vacations Destinations, Ideas, Landmarks and Things to Do

Get more inspiration, photos, landmarks and ideas from these popular tourist cities. Includes northern Michigan/Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

 


Ann Arbor Art Fair is a massive world renown art fair that takes over downtown Ann Arbor each July! I go every year as it's incredibly inspiring and festive!


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Wander, Shop and Explore Bay City

If you are visiting Battle Creek, be sure to stop by Binder Park Zoo, as it is truly one of the best zoos in Michigan!

We love the freely wandering peacocks, trolley to Africa and the open viewing of so many animals.  


See the very cool Mushroom or Hobbit houses in Charlevoix!  Plus more fun in Charlevoix!


BONUS! 

Top 10 Interesting Places In Michigan  

  • Hidden locations in Michigan
  • Inspiring images to get you traveling!
  • Ever been on a pull across river fairy? Climbed Mount Baldhead?

Grab your camera and your party pants as things are about to get sporty!

US News and World Report listed many of these cities as the "Best Places to Visit in Michigan."


“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

Isle Royale National Park is a remote island cluster in Lake Superior  where moose and wolves roam free


Click here for the free Mackinac Island Guide to Everything

Be sure to check out:

*TIP: Be sure to use the interactive Michigan Map to see what other cities are close by on your trip so you can maximize your Michigan vacation!

Midland Michigan 

  • Tridge (shown left)
  • Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest
  • Chippewa Nature Center 
  • City Forest 

Did you know that Conde' Nast named Saugatuck on their "Top 25 Beaches in the World?Here's more ideas to get you going-->A Guide to Saugatuck

Oh, Did you Hear Screaming?  It's Just Us Careening Down Silver Lake Sand Dunes!

The Silver Lake area feels like it's own world...or planet for that matter.  Once you arrive, you'll forget about everything else.  

If you love gettin' a little crazy on the dunes and love beaches, this place is definitely for you! 

Visit Michigan's Upper Peninsula

    This Michigan Travel Guide also includes several articles stuffed with maps, things to do, places to see and where to eat!


Michigan's Festivals and Events By Month

We love attending tons of Michigan festivals and events each year!  

We work hard to keep them updated for every month of the year!


We hope this Interactive Michigan Map with awesome Michigan Cities and Towns was helpful in your Michigan Travel and Vacation Planning!

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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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