Go Outdoors in a Michigan State Park

Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful state parks in the country. From the rugged coastline of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to the rolling hills of Sleeping Bear Dunes, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration. The state has over 100 state parks that cover over 300,000 acres of space with over 14,000 campsites. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful hike or a thrilling adventure, Michigan’s state parks have something for everyone.

Visit Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is one of Michigan’s most popular tourist destinations. Located in Lake Huron between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, this small island is known for its stunning views, historic sites, and unique culture. Visitors can explore Fort Mackinac, take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the island, or simply relax on one of its many beaches. We love visiting this idyllic island for the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival which smells as great as it looks! While you are in the area, visit the “Mighty Mac” Mackinac Bridge. The five-mile long suspension bridge connects the lower and upper peninsula and is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world. This architectural marvel is a highlight of the area.

Explore Historical Attractions in West Michigan

West Michigan has a rich history that dates back centuries before European settlers arrived. Today, visitors can explore some of these historical attractions such as the Gilmore Car Museum, Holland Museum, and Krasl Art Center. These sites offer insight into the region’s past while also providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration. A local favorite is the seasonal historic White Pine Village. This living 19th-century pioneer village transports you back to mid 1800s Michigan complete with a working steam locomotive and thousands of artifacts from May to October.

Go Skiing in Michigan

Michigan is home to some of the best skiing in the Midwest. From beginner slopes to expert runs, there are plenty of options for skiers and snowboarders alike. Popular ski resorts include Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Mount Bohemia in the Upper Peninsula, Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, and Nub’s Nob Ski Area near Harbor Springs.

See the Northern Lights in the Upper Peninsula

The Northern Lights are one of nature’s most spectacular displays and can be seen from certain areas in the Upper Peninsula of Michan during certain times of year. While they are more commonly seen further north towards Canada or Alaska, they can sometimes be seen from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during clear nights with little light pollution. The best months are April, October, and November and they usually happen in the late night early morning. If you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon it will be an experience you won’t soon forget!

Explore The Great Lakes State

There is so much to see and do throughout Michigan so we have compiled the best things to do by area!