Michigan Vacation Spots: 6 Top-Rated Weekend Getaways

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Michigan Vacation Spots | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Pack your bags my friends, it's vacation time!  These 6 Top-Rated Michigan Vacation Spots are our personal favorite places to go when we want to get away, ignore social media and spend time together.  We hope to inspire your next Michigan getaway!   

Houghton Michigan (Upper Peninsula) is an Explorers Paradise!

My friends, if you love messy hair, don't care weekends, Houghton Michigan is your jam (well, it's mine, anyway!).  I mean, you can get dirty hiking, take oodles of photos, tour mines, shop, and eat yourself silly all weekend long. What's not to love about that? 

Wagner Falls (Upper Peninsula) is a Must-See Destination!

Wagner Falls is a spectacular must-see waterfall located in Munising, Michigan.  It is one of our absolutely favorite places to stop when we are headed to Houghton, Michigan to visit Chris' mom. 

The roar of the rapids is so calming and picturesque, you've gotta see it for yourself! 

Plus, getting there is half the fun!  Don't forget to look up as you wander along a spectacular boardwalk that takes you through a very picturesque forest.  Look for forest critters along the way!

Traveling on our own and want to take awesome solo travel photos?

Fellow blogger, Andrea, has some great tips on how to obtain incredible images!

“Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Mackinac Island is a Dream Michigan Vacation!

Mackinac Island is a go-to vacation hot spot for so many adventure loving people when visiting our lovely state! It is honestly one of our favorite places in the world! We are super lucky as we live quite close and just pop over and back in a day! 

Just in case you aren't familiar with this spectacular island, it's a place where you can relax, exercise and reset after a busy week at work. No vehicles are allowed on the island so you can rent (or bring your own) bikes, walk or take a horse drawn carriage to explore the island. Here's more about Mackinac Island!

Alpena Michigan is a Hidden Gem!

Alpena Michigan is such a Michigan hidden gem! 

Did you know there are several hundred shipwrecks near Alpena?  You can take a glassbottom boat tour and see two or three real shipwrecks!

Is fossil hunting your jam?  Rockport State Park is home to fossil hunting and is also a dark sky park!!

Plus, you can kayak, hike, swim and explore so many areas in Alpena!

Love to eat and wine taste?  Alpena's restaurants and wineries will surprise and delight you!

Make plans to visit this fantastic region this summer!

Explore East Tawas! Outstanding Beach, Shopping and Hiking!

Tawas Michigan is home to fantastic camping at the Tawas State Park, exploring birding trails, water sports, wandering the marina, shopping and so much more!  Rent a house, camp or reserve a hotel to explore this fantastic area. 

Our favorite things to do in Tawas include grabbing a yummy Pronto Pup and wandering the marina.  From there, we always head to the State Park to photograph the gorgeous lighthouse, walk the beach and grab lunch under the umbrellas.

East Tawas is close to Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City and Midland Michigan for a full week of fun and adventures!

St. Joseph is a Haven for Boating, Beaches, Lighthouses and Shopping!

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St. Joseph is home to our favorite pier and lighthouse.  Life doesn't get any better than strolling along the picturesque pier, wind in your hair and sun on your skin while watching jet skiers jump the waves and gorgeous boats meandering down the channel. 

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    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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