A trip to Michigan gives you a wide selection of fun-filled activities that you can do as a single, as a couple, or with a family. Michigan is the only state with two peninsulas so water activities are abundant. But there’s plenty more from educational trips to historical and cultural sites to sports activities, camping, and other relaxing adventures. Michigan has a thriving casino industry so if you want to try your luck you can use Springbok casino no deposit bonus codes to play online or visit any of Michigan’s multiple luxurious casinos which are located throughout the state.
Regardless of your preferences, you’ll enjoy the kind of vacation that meets your interests and activity level in Michigan.
Some ideas of places to visit in Michigan:
Mackinac Island sits in the waters where Lake Huron meets Lake Michigan between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. It’s a 19th century island theme park where automobiles are forbidden and everything is maintained just as you would have found it 100 years ago. Visitors arrive on the island by ferry and move around by foot, horse-drawn carriage or by bicycle.
Many overnight guests stay at the Grand Hotel but it’s easy and convenient to come over to the island for a day by ferry from Mackinac City in the Lower Peninsula or St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula. Many guests enjoy taking a narrated, horse-drawn carriage tour around the 8-mile island.
Additional sites to visit include Fort Mackinac, which was built by the British as a lookout to guard the shipping straits between the two peninsulas, museums displaying antique carriages, a blacksmith shop, a livery stable and any of the multiple fudge-making shops that line Main Street and have made Mackinac Island the fudge-making capital of the world!
Frankenmuth was settled by German settlers in the early 1800s and from its early days, made the celebration of Christmas a year-long event. Frankenmuth restaurants feature traditional Bavarian food including rolled pretzels, snitzels and Zender’s famous chicken dinners.
Bonner’s Christmas Wonderland is always open and features the largest Christmas store in the world where Christmas Lane displays over 250 different kinds of nativity sets, 300 decorated trees and 100,000 lights. You can do your Christmas-themed shopping there at any time for ornaments and other Christmas fun.
Surprisingly, Michigan’s oldest winery is on the edge of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula’s “thumb” and you can spend some time sampling wines, spirits and ciders.
For a taste of yesteryear, spend a day in Petosky where you can wander around the small, friendly Michigan community that is a hub for the region’s arts and artists. At the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, in nearby Bay Harbor, you can attend music performances with artists from around the world, lecture series and performances by some of the area’s performing arts youth educational programs.
The Gaslight Shopping district features unique shops and restaurants while a visit to the Crooked Tree Art Center gives you a chance to experience the regional center for theatrical productions, live music, art classes, and much more.
Petoskey is centered around Bayfront Park which overlooks Little Traverse Bay and features sports fields, a marina, a playground and plenty of grassy green spaces. don’t forget to take a ride down M119, also known as “the Tunnel of Trees” which is located between Cross Village and Harbor Springs – there you’ll enjoy a drive into the foliage that forms tunnels over the road, especially with the Michigan autumn colors come September and October.
Sault Ste. Marie
Located at the tip of the Upper Peninsula and across Lake Superior from Sault St. Marie Ontario, Sault St. Marie Michigan gives visitors a chance to learn more about the area’s history as a major trade route for ships moving from East to West. The Sault St. Marie Locks are the gateway from Lake Superior into Lake Huron and the St. Lawrence Seaway.
If you want to learn more about the area’s development you can walk over to the River of Museum History where audio sticks allow you to learn more about the area’s heritage including that of the Ojibwa native peoples of the area. The museum takes visitors through the years as, first missionaries, then fur traders and then shipping companies arrived.
All of these visits are enhanced when you visit the Rotary Island Park where you can look out into the waters and experience the majesty of the Great Lakes region.
When you’re ready to move to the urban areas of Michigan you can head to Greenfield Village to explore Americana from the 19th century to today. There are collections that showcase agriculture, education, communications, design, mobility, social transformations and the industrial revolution.
At the Henry Ford Museum you’ll have a chance to learn more about the car industry that supported Detroit for 100 years. Henry Ford built his first cars in Dearborn and opened the early Ford Motor plants and company offices in this Detroit suburb. Other car companies established themselves in Detroit as well and the Dearborn museum takes you through the evolving industry to show the history of the automobile and the automobile industry.