18 December 2019
Blessed with long days of comfortable temperatures and the nation’s longest freshwater lakeshore, Michigan is a spring and summer destination like no other. Often called 'The Mitten State' within the Great Lakes USA Region, it offers something for every type of visitor, be it families, nature lovers or urban city adventurers.
With 11,000 lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and more than 19 million acres of forests, it’s easy to hurl yourself into the great outdoors in Michigan. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, boating, fishing, hunting or camping, the state is a haven for nature lovers.
It is home to seven national parks, heritage areas and trails, as well as three national forests, more than 100 state parks and recreation areas, and 1,300 designated biking trails, not to mention countless other nature preserves and trails all offering a tranquil respite from life’s hectic pace.
Hit Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail for North America’s longest designated state trail, stretching from Belle Isle in Detroit right the way to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. With the nation’s longest freshwater shoreline, there’s the opportunity to stroll along sandy beaches for hundreds of miles (if the mood takes).
Out on the water, you can embark on a boating adventure with port calls at quaint waterfront communities and vibrant cities. It’s worth mentioning too that Michigan boasts one of the world’s best freshwater fisheries with trout, walleye, bass and salmon popular with anglers.
The iconic lakeside destination of Traverse City is an essential stop-off. Renowned for its award-winning cherries and wineries, Traverse City is blessed with an A-list food scene and a picturesque setting in which panoramic bay views are easy to find.
Any visit to Michigan isn’t complete without some time in Detroit. Nicknamed ‘the Motor City’ due to being the base for three of America’s biggest car companies (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler), Detroit hosts a wealth of fantastic cultural institutions, such as the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation for factory tours and car-centric exhibits showcasing artefacts such as the Kennedy Presidential Limousine. Another must-see attraction is the legendary Motown Museum, where visitors can learn the history of Motown Records.
An up-and-coming food mecca, Detroit has a diverse collection of new eateries and watering holes, from gastro pubs and distilleries to French bistros and burger bars, many using locally grown ingredients.
Entry to some notable Detroit attractions won’t cost you a dime, including Eastern Market - North America’s largest outdoor farmers market, and the Detroit Historical Museum, which shows the history of southeastern Michigan through a variety of exhibitions, including the Streets of Old Detroit - a recreation of Detroit street scenes from the 1840s, 1870s and early 1900s.
Arm yourself with a ‘Recreation Passport’ (currently just $11) and you’ll have access to many kid-friendly attractions, such as Belle Isle Aquarium - North America’s oldest aquarium – Belle Isle Nature Center, and Belle Isle State Park.
If all this works up a thirst, consider taking the two-hour drive west to Grand Rapids. Michigan’s second-largest city has earned the nickname ‘Beer City USA’ after emerging as a craft-brewing powerhouse, sprouting more than 80 breweries. There’s also a lively downtown waterfront lined with museums and lots of green space.
Imagine an island with no cars, but instead unique shopping, diverse dining, two historic forts and world-famous fudge. Dubbed the Jewel of the Great Lakes, Mackinac Island has been a family-friendly holiday destination for centuries, with most visitors navigating the island - and its quaint village - by bike and even horse-drawn carriage.
Get your history fix at Fort Mackinac, which was founded during the American Revolution and captured by the British in the very first engagement on American soil in the War of 1812. Visitors to this fort, overlooking the entrancing Straits of Mackinac, can expect 14 original buildings, cannon salutes, bugle music, daily reenactments, and interactive displays and tours. Drop by the America Fur Company Store & Dr. Beaumont Museum, where in 1822, Dr. William Beaumont conducted experiments on how the human stomach worked.
This magnificent state is blessed with dense natural forests capable of delivering breath-taking views, so naturally, this awe-inspiring beauty sets the scene for some incredible golf courses. Some of the game’s most notable architects, such as Jack Nicklaus - widely considered to be the greatest golfer of all time - have incorporated that natural beauty to create a world-class golf destination.
Today, golfers will find in excess of 650 public golf courses scattered throughout Michigan, making the state a golf mecca for players of all levels. Temperate weather and long summer days mean there's ample opportunity for a few extra rounds...
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