Michigan is one of the few places in the country where you can enjoy skiing, surfing and boating all in one state. Changes in the seasons make it possible to experience a myriad of activities. In addition to adventure, you can expect scenic views of the water and an abundance of state parks.
Sleeping Bear Dunes:
Sleeping Bear Dunes is located along the northeastern coast of Lake Michigan. There are miles of sandy beaches and unique plant life along the stretch of water. If you can make it to the top of the dunes, you will enjoy serene and beautiful views of the open water. Sleeping Bear Dunes also features several inland streams and lakes that are just waiting to be explored. Canoes or kayaks will get you in the water, but be sure to ask lifeguards about any water restrictions.
The great state of Michigan is well known for its various lighthouses, and Ludington features some of the most famous in the state, such as the North Breakwater Lighthouse. If you want to get some exercise, enjoy a calm walk along the North Breakwater Lighthouse breakwall.
When in the Upper Peninsula. you can visit Lakes Huron, Superior and Michigan - giving you the unique opportunity to view several Great Lakes. Some of the popular things to do in the U.P. including exploring shipwrecks, visiting waterfalls and biking along scenic trails.
Mackinac Island State Park:
At Mackinac Island State Park you can head out on hikes, explore forests and picnic along the open fields. Short guided tours are available at the park or you can explore on horseback. Unique rock formations are abundant throughout the enclosure.
Things to do
Saugatuck Dune Rides:
Since there is no shortage of dunes in Michigan rest up one day and then make your way atop a dune the next. If you are not prepared to climb uphill in sand, you can sit comfortably in a car and let the driver do all the work. You will still get to see all the wonderful sights of the water and coastline at the top of the dune.
You do not have to be on Pacific Coast to learn how to surf. Companies such as the Third Coast Shop will provide you with a board and wetsuit rentals in addition to lessons. You can opt for a group soiree or private instruction, depending on your goals.
Sailboats, jet skis and canoes are available in Michigan,, so your family can enjoy the pristine waters while the weather is pleasant. Pack a picnic with your group of friends or for your son and daughter before you head out on a speedboat.
If you want to experience the thrills of rushing down a snow-covered mountain on skis or a snowboard, there are several places in Michigan to enjoy some fresh powder. The slopes are not very rigorous, making them perfect for beginners. Places like Crystal Mountain, Timber Ridge, Alpine Valley and Boyne Islands have hundreds of acres of wintry fun.
Pictured Rocks boat cruises:
For an island getaway experience, take a tour of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Go through 200 feet of sandstone cliffs set in the middle of the water. The caves, bays and rock formations will make you feel like you are on a remote and exotic island getaway. These brown, yellow and tan structures shine beautifully due to the iron and copper which can be found inside. If you time the tour well enough, you can enjoy sunset on a boat in the middle of this unique natural wonder.
Dining and shopping
As you explore the best dining options in Michigan, consider a boat cruise which offers sunset views and dinner. Gourmet meals are provided on several charters such as Traverse Tall Ship Company and the Holland Princess. Blu in Ann Arbor has the best French fare in the state, while Assaggi Bistro in Ferndale is famous for Mediterranean cuisine.
Michigan is filled with antique stores and clothing boutiques for the entire family. 16 Hands in Ann Arbor has some of the finest local crafts, decorative lighting and blow glass pieces for your living room. Abbey Art Glass Studio sells stained glass pieces and can also customizes orders if you prefer a unique piece. When you are in Calumet, you can even take a stained art class at Abbey’s studio.