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Union Pier, Michigan, is located in the southwestern portion of Michigan, near the Lake Michigan shoreline. People come to Union Pier to enjoy the community's Lithuanian restaurants and shops and to relax near the lake's shore. You can stay at rental houses, cottages and cabins in Union Pier. The rental houses offer amenities including full-size kitchens and laundry rooms, private backyards with grills and relaxing hot tubs to ease your muscles after a busy day outdoors.
Union Pier's proximity to Lake Michigan means that there are many outdoor activities for you and your travel companions to enjoy during your visit. You can rent a bike and ride along the Cope Hollow Loop Trail. During the winter months of the year, lace up your ice skates and visit the outdoor ice skating rinks at Howard Park. You could also try out skiing at the Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area. You can rent skis and outerwear and get a refresher lesson before you hit the slopes. You could drive further north and ski at the Big Powderhorn Mountain in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This ski area features dramatic landscapes, and you can stay at rental chalets in Big Powderhorn after you finish on the slopes.
If you're athletic, give the Apple Cider Century Bike Tour a go. You choose the length of your bicycle tour for this annual September event. The annual Harvest Days Celebration, held each October, features fall arts and crafts, pumpkins, apples and handmade goods. The Three Oaks Theater Festival, held every summer, is a popular community event featuring classic theatrical performances. You could drive to central Michigan and attend the Pink Floyd: The Planetarium Show held at the university's planetarium while spending a night at rental houses in East Lansing.
There are many activities for you and your travel partner or your entire family to try out while visiting Union Pier. The Journeymen's Distillery offers tours of its facilities and tastings after the tour. As a family, try out the performances of the Harbor County Opera. You may also enjoy a visit to the Galien River County Park, which offers hiking trails, natural play areas, playgrounds and sports fields. You could drive across the state to southeast Michigan and explore the natural beauty of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan's campus while staying at rental houses in Ann Arbor.
Union Pier has snowy and cold winters, with January temperatures around 27 degrees Fahrenheit. Summertime in Union Pier is warm, with July temperatures averaging 81 degrees. The best time of the year to visit Union Pier is in September and October, while the weather is warm and the leaves on the plentiful deciduous trees are beginning to change colors for autumn.
To get to Union Pier, you can drive your private car or rental car on I-94 or I-196. U.S. 12 and 31 pass through the area, as do M-51 and M-60. If you wish to fly to Union Pier, the nearest airport is South Bend Regional Airport (SBN), located 32 miles away in South Bend, Indiana. You can also get to Union Pier by Greyhound Bus Lines, which has stops in South Bend, Indiana, and Benton Harbor, Michigan. You will need to arrange for connecting transportation at the bus station to get to Union Pier.