Michigan vacations can be during any of the four distinct
seasons the state enjoys. We try to include at least a few ideas
for vacation spots in Michigan for each season in the collection
below. You'll find all the links you need to get more information
Michigan Vacations On The Beach
With four of the five Great Lakes surrounding the state, and
thousands of accessible inland lakes, there is no shortage of
beach activities in summer. You can swim in Lake Superior, off
the cliffs at Miners Beach, just east of Munising, or relax on
the wide-open stretches of Lake Michigan sand and dunes along
highway 2, in the upper peninsula. In the lower peninsula, you'll
find dozens of great beaches along Lake Michigan, on the west
side of the state, as well as along Lake Huron, on the east side.
Nordhouse Dunes State Park, for example, near Ludington, has
camping, wilderness trails, and great beaches. For more information
on this park, visit stateparks.com.
National Parks Vacations
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a park where
you can climb 400-foot high sand dunes, hike, swim, fish, and
camp. It encompasses a 60 km (35 mi.) stretch of Lake Michigan's
eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands.
The sunsets here are spectacular. The Lakeshore also contains
many cultural features including an 1871 lighthouse, three former
Life-Saving Service/Coast Guard Stations and an extensive rural
historic farm district. This is a great area for family vacations.
For more information, you can use the link here to visit the
Bear Dunes Park Website.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, near Munising, is
one of the most beautiful parks in Michigan. Multicolored sandstone
cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, wildlife
and the forest of the Lake Superior shoreline beckon visitors
to explore this 73,000+ acre park. Attractions include a lighthouse
and former Coast Guard life-saving stations along with old farmsteads
and former logging trails. The park is a four season vacation
destination where hiking, camping, hunting, nature study, and
winter activities abound. At its widest point the Lakeshore is
only five miles and hugs the Superior shoreline for more than
40 miles. This was the first National Lakeshore and was authorized
in 1966. For more information, visit the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Website.
Isle Royale National Park is characterized by wolves,
moose, the wild North Woods forest, ever changing weather and
a cool climate, and the crystal clear waters and rugged shoreline
of Lake Superior. Vacations here are at the extremes - luxury
at the only hotel on the roadless island, or wilderness backpacking
trips. The archipelago is 45 miles long and nine miles wide at
its widest point, and is composed of many parallel ridges resulting
from ancient lava flows which were tilted and glaciated. Isle
Royale has 165 miles of scenic hiking trails and 36 campgrounds
for backpackers and recreational boaters. There is excellent
fishing, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, ancient copper
mining sites, and plenty of spots to observe wildlife. The park
is accessible only by boat or float plane. Pets are not allowed
within park boundaries, which extend 4.5 miles into Lake Superior
from the outermost land areas of the park. Isle Royale is relatively
untouched by direct outside influences and serves as a living
laboratory and United States Biosphere Reserve. For more information,
visit the Isle
Royal Park Website.
Michigan Vacations In Winter
In Michigan's upper peninsula there are hundreds of miles
of snowmobile trails. You can travel from town to town for days,
without using your car. You can even find motels, stores and
bars right along the snowmobile routes. There are many snowmobiling
opportunities in northern lower Michigan as well.
If you are in Delta county, in the upper peninsula, during
the winter, be sure to check out the ice road. You can drive
across the ice on Little Bay De Noc from Gladstone to the Stonington
peninsula between January and March most years. The "road"
is kept plowed, and saves the locals 20 miles per day driving
to and from work.
Vacations In Michigan State Parks
Michigan has many great state parks suitable for week-long
family vacations, and others worth visiting along the way. Porcupine
Mountains State Park, for example, near Ontonogan, is worth visiting
just to drive up to the Lake-Of-The-Clouds overlook. In addition
to the spectacular scenery. the park has enough hiking trails
to keep you busy for many days. Also, the beaches of Lake Superior
are never far away. In Wilderness State Park, in lower Michigan,
you get the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan, along with thousands
of acres of forests. For more information on vacations in any
of the State Parks, visit the Michigan Department Of Natural Resources Website.
Vacations built around a weekend or week-long festival are
a great way to keep the whole family happy. Most Michigan festivals
have music, shopping, cultural activities, carnival rides, and
more. Use the links below to get information on some of the better
festivals in Michigan:
National Cherry Festival : July, in Traverse City.
Mushroom Festival : May, in Mesick.
The Tulip Festival
: May, in Holland.
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