Destination guide

Michigan is Motor Town

Michigan might be more than 800 miles from the sea, but that doesn't stop it having more beaches than the whole Eastern Seaboard put together. Impressive, right? Come in summer and you've got miles of pristine lakefront from which to launch kayaks or yachts from, so why not spend some sunny afternoons on the water? First-timers staying in a Michigan vacation rental should opt for at least a couple of days revving it up in Detroit. Motor Town has seen its fair share of history, from the soulful sounds of Motown Records to its close ties with the auto industry.

Things to do

Michigan is full of surprises

For attractions, you don't need to look any further than Motor City. Detroit's architecture doesn't get mentioned often, but Albert Kahn's 1928 Fisher Building rivals any from New York City. This soaring Art Deco masterpiece, made from granite and marble, needs to be seen to be believed. When you stay in a Michigan vacation rental in Detroit, don't miss the Motown Historical Museum, which occupies the former modest home of Berry Gordy, the man who launched Motown Records. Another notable Michigan gem is the Henry Ford Museum where, amongst other exhibits, you can see the limo John F Kennedy was killed in.


Get your adrenaline kicks in Michigan

Michigan's wild topography of lakes and forests provides countless epic activities. You can hop on ferries to explore the forest-covered islands that dot the Great Lakes, get your adrenaline kicks along the 1,300 miles of mountain biking trails, or dive into the lakes with masks and flippers to see historic shipwrecks. Sunny summer days can be spent swinging your clubs on one of the 650 golf courses, while cold winter days in the Upper Peninsula can be used to race across the snowy trails on dog sleds or snowmobiles. If that doesn't get your hearting pumping, we don't know what will.


Michigan is open year-round

Summer marks the peak season in Michigan, with families flocking to the lake beaches to cool off and escape the bustle of the big cities. It's true the breeze from the lakes mean the climate can be glorious around this time, but you'll need to book up your Michigan vacation rental early. If you can, try to visit in the shoulder seasons, when the crowds become a lot more manageable, the skies clear and bright and the rentals have dropped their high season price tags. Michigan isn't short on things to do when the winter snows kick in and shouldn't be discounted.

Natural features

Michigan is "The Great Lakes State"

The Great Lakes State hasn't got its nickname for nothing. It's surrounded by Lake Michigan, Heron and Superior, the largest in North America. These waterways, along with the enormous woodlands in Michigan, provide a ton of wildlife spotting opportunities. When you walk along the trails, you'll likely spot meandering moose and shy deer darting off behind the trees. If you join one of the guided safaris, you could be spotting ambling black bears or bald eagles circling overhead. Just remember to pack your binoculars.

Where to stay around Michigan?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 10,734 vacation rentals near Michigan. From 2,993 Cabins to 5,300 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Michigan for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Michigan?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Michigan. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Traverse City: 1,424 vacation rentals
  • South Haven: 946 vacation rentals
  • Torch Lake: 601 vacation rentals
  • Saugatuck: 709 vacation rentals
  • Grand Haven: 317 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Michigan! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Michigan?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Michigan:

  • Traverse City: 1,424 rentals
  • South Haven: 946 rentals
  • Saugatuck: 709 rentals
  • Grand Haven: 317 rentals
  • Holland: 763 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Michigan?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Michigan are:

  • Holland, MI (HLM-Park Township): 955 vacation rentals
  • Ludington, MI (LDM): 287 vacation rentals
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW): 171 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Michigan?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Michigan. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes: 1,514 rentals
  • Boyne Mountain: 350 rentals
  • Clinch Park Beach: 1,304 rentals
  • Grand Haven Beach: 235 rentals
  • Silver Beach: 316 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Michigan listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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