Top 10 Places to Visit in Michigan
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#1 Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is the most popular resort town of Michigan. Located in Lake Huron, the island is a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. More than 80 percent of the island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park. Historic significance Mackinac Island is also known for its cultural events and Victorian style architecture.
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Detroit is the largest city of Michigan located on the United States-Canada border. The city on the Detroit River is known for its music and art. Top museums to visit include Detroit Institute of Arts,Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Motown Museum, and Charles H. Wright Museum. Family fun places and things to do include Belle Isle, Detroit Zoo, and Comerica Park.
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#3 Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids situated along the Grand River is the 2nd largest city of Michigan. The city located east of Lake Michigan is home to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Downtown is known for colleges and universities including Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, and Western Michigan University. The city offers many family friendly attractions. Places to visit and things to do include Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, The Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, and Millennium Park.
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#4 Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan. The city is known as Tree Town for more than 50,000 trees along its street and number of parks. Ann Arbor includes 157 public parks ranging from small neighborhood park to large recreation. Places to visit and family fun things to do include Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, University of Michigan Museum of Art, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Gallup Park, and Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
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#5 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore includes 35 miles of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline. Located along the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, the lakeshore is known for miles of sand beach and lush forests. The park features North and South Manitou islands, forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena. The lakeshore also includes historic features such as 1871 South Manitou Island Lighthouse, former stations of the Coast Guard, and historic farm district.
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#6 Traverse City
Traverse City is popular in tourist for varied natural attractions including beaches, vineyards, lake shore, forests, and skiing areas. The city is also known for the National Cherry Festival hold in first week of July. With so much stuff to do and best attractions, top places to visit and things to do include Traverse City State Park, Clinch Park, Mari Vineyards, Dennos Museum Center, City Opera House, and Great Lakes Children's Museum.
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#7 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located on the shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The park offers spectacular views of the 42 miles long hilly shoreline that includes picturesque rock formations, waterfalls, and sand dunes. Pictured Rocks is home to many of Michigan's waterfalls including 50 feet Munising Falls and Miners Falls, 60 feet Chapel Falls, and 75 feet Sable Falls. Other attraction include Grand Sable Dunes located at the eastern end of the Lakeshore. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers variety of recreational activities including hiking, camping, kayaking, boating, swimming, scuba diving, and fishing. Winter activities include snowmobiling, ice climbing, and cross-country skiing.
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Saugatuck is a popular tourist destination known for recreation and relaxation. The historic city is a prime summer weekend getaway destination popular for it's beaches, waterways, and grassy dunes. Saugatuck is home to many art galleries. Saugatuck Center for the Arts features art exhibits and music concerts throughout the year. Other attractions include miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, and Mt. Baldhead.
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Muskegon is a popular vacation destination located along the western shore of Michigan. Known as port city, Muskegon offers many recreation activities including fishing, sailing, and boating. Pere Marquette Beach is the main attraction that offers 2.5 miles of public beach on Lake Michigan. Historic downtown along the Muskegon Lake waterfront is the best place for shopping and dinning. Places to visit and family fun things to do include Muskegon State Park, Pere Marquette Beach, Muskegon Lake, and Michigan's Adventure amusement park.
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#10 Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale National Park is known for the largest island in Lake Superior. Surrounded by Lake Superior, the park includes Isle Royale and 450 surrounding smaller islands. It includes two developed areas: Rock Harbor on the northeast end of the island, and Windigo on the southwest end. The park offers number of hiking trails in both areas. Recreational activity includes hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and scuba diving.