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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.