2023 Michigan Travel Guide + Interactive Map of Over 43 Destinations, Cities, Vacation Ideas and Things to Do in Michigan! 

The Ultimate 2023 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


  • 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!

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!

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?

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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

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*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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Our Words of Wisdom: “Never follow anyone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, then by all means follow that path.”

"Sherry & Chris"

We're Sherry and Chris the founders of one of Michigan's most comprehensive and Top Travel Blogs!

    Sherry Trautman is a seasoned business owner and a multifaceted content creator, deeply entrenched in the world of travel in Michigan. With her extensive background in writing, editing, photography, marketing, website design, web mastering, social media, and publishing, she is the driving force behind the acclaimed Michigan Travel site "Travel-mi.com." A lifelong Michigander, Sherry's journey began in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan led her to St. Joseph during her formative years, and further to Kalamazoo for her higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Fine Art from Western Michigan University. Her career initially blossomed in Battle Creek, where she contributed significantly to aviation, marketing, and the art industry.

    In 2018, Sherry, alongside her husband Chris, embarked on a passionate endeavor with the inception of Travel-MI.com. This venture was not just a business but a full-time commitment to exploring and celebrating the diverse landscapes and communities of Michigan. Together, they tirelessly traverse the state, curating unique experiences, capturing stunning visuals, and weaving engaging narratives that showcase Michigan's rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty. From her early experiences in different Michigander locales to her extensive professional background, Sherry's life and work epitomize a deep-rooted expertise in Michigan travel, making her an authoritative voice in this niche.

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