Michigan Top 10 Attractions

Come visit the one of the best states in the Midwest and get a front row seat to all four of America’s Great Lakes. Known for its once-infamous Motor City, filled with the history of numerous music legends that spanned multiple eras and genres, Michigan has plenty to see and do.

You can get lost in all of the natural and man-made landmarks, here, so we’ve gathered ten of the top must-see attractions for you to add to your itinerary when visiting this great state. Enjoy!

1: Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Michael Patterson

If your family loves the outdoors, Mackinac Island is definitely a must-visit. The island offers you memorable hiking adventures through some of the most scenic views.

You can also enjoy the city's culture through their art shows as well as party with your friends while dancing to the tune of some great live performers.

The possibilities are endless in this island and it will definitely be one of highlights of your Michigan vacation.

Address: Mackinac Island, MI 49757

2: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/John Uhrig

You can find our first stop right on the coast of Lake Superior; you can’t miss it, the vivid colors and variety in the landscape makes Pictured Rocks what it’s famous for.

Upon further inspection, you’ll find plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy: hiking, biking, camping, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and plenty more. Let the crisp air of the outdoors invigorate you to explore and do more!

Address: Munising, MI 49862
Website: www.nps.gov

3: Henry Ford Museum

Henry Ford Museum
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Rain0975

This is the place for you to explore and discover about America's most innovative and greatest inventions. If you love cars you will enjoy going through the Presidential Limousines exhibit and if you enjoy everything about airplanes and things that fly you will adore the Heroes of the Sky exhibit.

You will also have a fantastic time going back to the past and learn about the legacy of American innovators from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Address: 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn, MI 48124

4: Michigan State Capitol

Michigan State Capitol

You don’t have to go to Washington D.C. to see an epic government building. Instead, take a trip to Lansing to see the Michigan State Capitol. The building was seen as an architectural achievement when it was opened on January 1, 1879.

At the time, it was one of the first state capitol buildings to feature a lofty cast iron dome. Today, it’s a National Historic Landmark that attracts over 100,000 tourists each year. In addition to the architecture, visitors can enjoy nine acres of hand-painted art at the capitol.

Address: 100 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

5: University of Michigan

University of Michigan

Home of the mighty Wolverines, this university is one of the top-ranked in the country among many categories, not just sports programs.

Also, included in the 2,800 acre campus is a Natural History Museum, the Power Center for the Performing Arts, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art, and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, to name a few.

There’s plenty to see at the University of Michigan, enough for a full day of events and interactive learning.

Address: 500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

6: Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Ray Dumas

If you have always loved backpacking and camping, Isle Royale is one of those places that you should visit at least once in your life. This rugged terrain is surrounded by Lake Superior and offers the most adventurous outdoor lover an experience that he will never forget.

While you are trekking through the trails you just might encounter wolves and moose among many of the exotic wildlife that roam freely in the park.

Address: Isle Royale National Park, MI
Website: www.nps.gov

7: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Rodney Campbell

Sleeping Bear tops many lists of the most beautiful places in America. This northern Michigan park includes over 70,000 acres of land for exploration. Its home to lush forests, miles of sandy beach, and phenomenal lakeside views that are indescribable in their beauty.

You can climb the dunes or swim at the lake or you can load your backpack and go on an adventure filled hike through the Maple Beach Forest for some of the most breathtaking sights. Sleeping Bear also includes the historic Glen Haven Village and South Manitou Island Lighthouse.

Address: 6748 S Dune Hwy, Empire, MI 49630
Website: www.nps.gov

8: Colonial Michilimackinac

Colonial Michilimackinac
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Greg Grossmeier
If you are a huge Civil War buff, then you can’t miss this next Michigan landmark in Mackinaw City. It had stood as a trading and military outpost for nearly a century during the 1770s, was burned down, then restored again where it now serves as a tourist destination and setting for historic war re-enactments and education.
Address: 102 W Straits Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49770

9: Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts
Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia/Michael Barera

Satisfy your craving for art and all the finer things in life at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Boasting of the country's largest, most significant art collection, this museum currently holds over 60,000 unique and creative works that will leave you awed and amazed.

Their collections include works of some of the greatest artists from Africa, America and Asia. If interactive displays are more your thing, you can join their drop-in workshops, Arts and Minds Lectures as well as their Drawing in the Galleries events.

Address: 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Website: www.dia.org

10: Windmill Island Gardens

Windmill Island Gardens
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Anna Harris

Come get away on this historic park/garden on a 36 acre island. You’ll be treated with beautiful flowers and iconic Dutch architecture, including the only authentic Dutch windmill imported in America.

The centuries old windmill isn’t just a prop, either, it is fully functional and you can buy the 100% organic flour that was ground by it, just as it is done in Netherlands.

Address: 1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI 49423

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