Michigan is the home of many superb things — we know it, since we live here. Beautiful scenery, stately lakes, fanciful food, quirky locales and dim gems customarily hardly blemish a aspect of what Michigan has to offer.
We asked staff members of a Detroit Free Press to share some of a best things to see and do in Michigan, formed on a personal experiences. Here are 50 ideas we might wish to supplement to your bucket list.
Think we missed something? Add your bucket list object here and be certain to explain because it’s great.
The Call of a Wild museum
This quirky Gaylord museum is a vestige from a days of internal roadside attractions, when prolonged rides Up North were punctuated by trite and kitschy traveller stops in tiny towns along a way. The museum facilities dozens of animals recorded years ago by internal taxidermists, yet it’s also a museum of a mislaid epoch of tourism, before highways like I-75 enabled tourists to bypass a towns they once gathering through.
Maple Syrup Festival in Vermontville
For many farming places in Michigan, internal weekend festivals are celebrations of prejudiced life, an arise for a city to wail a distinctiveness and to publicize itself to a rest of a state. The annual Maple Syrup Festival in mid-state Vermontville is a quintessential prejudiced event. It offers arm-wrestling contests, a pancake derby and Bovine Bingo, that involves betting on a block drawn on a football margin where a cow is authorised to ramble giveaway until it leaves a dropping on a winning number. A Maple Syrup Festival black is crowned during a finish of it all. Held any year on a final weekend in April.
Oswald’s Bear Ranch
Want a terrifying disturb of saying a grown male station subsequent to a mature bear that could kill him with one appropriate nonetheless prefers to graze instead? Oswald’s Bear Ranch in Newberry features dozens of discovered and orphaned bears on 240 acres of Upper Peninsula woodlands, and a eventuality to have your print taken with a hairy bear cub.
40 Mile Point Lighthouse
Located on a northern shores of Lake Huron, a century-old 40 Mile Point Lighthouse in Rogers City offers some-more than customarily pleasing views and resting self-guided tours. There’s also a genuine plague poking out of a sands on a beach that’s customarily a brief trail’s travel from a lighthouse.
Submitted by John Carlisle, Columnist
Canoe/kayak the Pine River
The Pine, located about a half hour west of Cadillac, offers a plea that we won’t find on some-more renouned rivers, like a Au Sable or Rifle. Yes, we can tip from a fast-moving H2O and obstructions.
Taste best Upper Peninsula food not named pasties: Trenary Toast
This cinnamon toast is finished in a U.P. city of a same name. Sold in brownish-red paper bags, a hard-crusted Trenary Toast will final until a subsequent millennium.
Visit a Upper Peninsula’s dim waterfalls
Many of a best waterfalls don’t have signs or directions and can be found customarily by removing directions from a internal (or a good Google search). For example, take County Road 510 west from Marquette County’s Big Bay, park by a tiny bridge, travel a half mile to see a Yellow Dog River Falls. Go a tiny over on County Road 510 and bag a Big Pup Creek Falls.
Submitted by Steve Spalding, Content Coach/Business
Log Slide Overlook during Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Seven miles west of Grand Marais inside Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a Log Slide Overlook, a 300-foot-high silt dune that provides overwhelming views over Lake Superior and a Grand Sable Banks and Dunes. This alone is a pretentious sight, yet a genuine provide is along a route from a disremember that leads west to a Au Sable Light Station. As we deplane a route that follows a Lake Superior shoreline, it becomes scarcely turn with a water. At any point, we can burst off a trail, make your approach to a beach and suffer a afternoon sanctimonious we are on your possess private island.
Submitted by Kathy Kieliszewski, Visuals Director
See a unison during St. Andrews Hall
Over a march of years, everybody from Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Tom Morello and Liz Phair has played this former prejudiced propagandize gym/auditorium on a corner of Greektown. Hot and sweaty, it’s a best kind of dive. Decades of song still reverberates by a floorboards.
Submitted by Mark Phelan, Auto Critic
Visit Isle Royale
Remote and probably untouched during a winter, Isle Royale warranted a status as a slightest visited inhabitant park honestly. But there are lots of good reasons to go, a night sky (unparalleled in a continental U.S.) among a best.
Submitted by Brian Dickerson, Columnist
Pay a $10 for Grand Hotel’s front porch
Best $10 you ever will spend in Michigan: The entrance price to a Grand Hotel’s front porch on Mackinac Island. You can rest your feet on a prohibited summer day (remember, no automobiles are authorised on a island), sequence a splash or 2 or a punch to eat and suffer monumental views of a hotel’s signature geraniums, Lake Huron, a Mackinac Bridge and ferries carrying visitors to and from a island, all from a white rocking chair that’s as gentle as it is big. The $10 price also buys we entrance to shops and other open places of a hotel. The best partial is there is no hurry. Stay as prolonged as we like during business hours.
Submitted by Cindy Burton, Senior Content Planner
Tunnel of Trees
Check out a Tunnel of Trees, a narrow, canopied territory of M-119 from Harbor Springs to Cross Village. The expostulate offers stunning tumble foliage, yet we can stop along a wooded approach year-round and look out during overwhelming views along Lake Michigan. At a end, check out a wider perspective from a Legs Inn restaurant, that is open from May to October.
Submitted by Matthew Dolan, Reporter
Tour a wineries of Old Mission Peninsula
The views are spectacular, as are a wines. Or make a day of it and float during a beaches toward a finish of a indicate and sup during circuitously restaurants.
Flower Day during Eastern Market
There’s illusory people examination and tons of choices for your yard or garden at Flower Day in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Grab ribs during Burt’s while you’re during it.
Submitted by Matt Helms, Reporter
Go soaring biking in Copper Harbor Trails
As one reviewer wrote, “This network is flattering many all it’s conjectural to be. Remote, rugged, gnarly, scenic, and tons o’ fun. One of a really name few 5 star systems in a Midwest, and good value any star.”
Submitted by Brian McNamara, Page Designer
Play golf during A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort nearby Traverse City
Play a turn of golf during A-Ga-Ming golf resort nearby Traverse City. The Torch march and a hall underline illusory views of Torch Lake that are generally considerable in tumble or during morning or sunset.
Submitted by David Darby, Print Planner/Sports
Selfie between dual countries
Very few people can do what metro Detroiters can do on a south finish of Belle Isle. You can position yourself or desired ones for a print that puts we in perspective of an general limit and dual behemoth countries. Say cheese with a Detroit
River in a credentials and we in a center between a Windsor, Canada, shoreline and downtown Detroit noted by a Renaissance Center towers. So few people know how tighten we are to Canada and many Americans can’t take this selfie.
Submitted by Patricia Montemurri, Staff Writer
Fort Custer State Park in Augusta
Just outward Battle Creek, Fort Custer State Park offers vast campsites surrounded by trees, creation it one of a best campgrounds in a state. During a day, suffer a bike trails, beach and fishing.
Submitted by Tanya Wildt, Web Editor
Witness a Great Lakes sunrise
Great Lakes sunsets are righteously prized, yet sunrises merit some-more respect. The beach towns along Michigan’s index finger offer a best view. When a bluebirds start their loops in a darkness, a early uncover is about to begin. First comes a light radiating from where a H2O meets a sky. Next is a march of orange, amber, red and pink. Within moments, a H2O and sky offer competing interpretations of blue. Sleeping folks have no thought what they’ve customarily missed.
Submitted by John Wisely, Reporter
Cross in a Woods National Shrine
You don’t have to be Catholic or quite eremite to find this one of a many peaceful, nonetheless absolute places in Michigan. On M-68 in Indian River (Exit 310, reduction than dual miles off I-75) we will find a largest crucifix in a universe – a statue of Christ weighing in during a tiny 7 tons – surrounded by a tiny forest. The 55-foot-tall cranky was finished of a unaccompanied redwood tree. There’s simply no place like it to lay and take a moment. Oh, and for a Detroit connection, a sculptor is Marshall Fredericks, a male who combined a Spirit of Detroit.
Submitted by Christie Innes, Web Editor
Find a Petoskey mill (preferably not one in a store)
Michigan’s state mill is fossilized coral that lived about 350 million years ago. Glaciers sparse a stones via a state, yet they can generally be found along a shorelines of Lakes Michigan and Huron. The honeycomb settlement is easiest to see when a gray stones are wet. Don’t be tempted to buy a discriminating beauty from a store. Part of a disturb is in a hunt.
Submitted by Michele Siuda Jacques, Web Editor
Spend a day during Greenfield Village
Step behind in time and spend a day during Greenfield Village, Henry Ford’s ancestral outward park. Ford had dozens of ancestral buildings altered to Dearborn, charity visitors an immersive experience. You can wander by Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, take in an old-fashioned ball game, float a steam engine or a Model T. You can check out Orville and Wilbur Wright’s bike shop, see a initial home in a United States connected for electricity, pet some sheep during a Firestone Farm and float a carousel that dates to 1913. At Halloween, thousands of jack-o’-lanterns light adult a paths as a encampment turns scary for Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village. And during Christmastime, it turns into a pleasing holiday wonderland with caroling, roasted nuts, ice skating and more.
Submitted by Kristen Jordan Shamus, Columnist
Tour Detroit’s Eastern Market
What’s unaccompanied about Detroit’s Eastern Market is that it’s a oldest farmers marketplace in Michigan. There, we can suffer not customarily some of a best uninformed furnish from area farmers, yet also take in specialty shops and restaurants. Eastern Market is open Saturdays year-round, sketch vast crowds for internal produce. It is also open Tuesdays customarily July through Oct to make a many of rise furnish season. On Tuesdays, a marketplace is smaller and reduction crowded. For a winter holidays, we can emporium for locally grown trees, wreaths, homemade holiday treats and other gifts on Tuesdays Nov. 25 and Dec. 22 and Sundays Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 this year. Be certain to check out DeVries Co. 1887, a specialty cheese emporium that also has copiousness of other specialty food items. You can hum on into Rocky Peanut, another Eastern Market buttress for dusty fruits, nuts, candies and specialty food products. Rocky’s also has several aisles of bulk spices and seasonings.
Submitted by Sue Selasky, Food Writer and Reporter
See a film during a Redford Theatre
As many as we suffer a complicated amenities of track seating and Dolby sound, there’s something special about saying a film during a Redford Theatre in Detroit. I’ve seen a thought of an old-fashioned cinema display classical cinema finished in many places, yet never as good as during a Redford. It’s set detached by vast things like a organ unison during mangle and tiny things like a starry-night portrayal on a ceiling. Add in a ambience and smell of a popcorn and it’s not customarily a movie, it’s an event.
Submitted by Patrick Byrne, Senior Digital Planner
Venture over Joe Louis for rival hockey
Hockey fans in Michigan are treated to so many opposite levels of competition, including a Detroit Red Wings of a NHL, a Grand Rapids Griffins of a AHL and the several college hockey teams (everyone should see a Michigan-Michigan State diversion during both Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor and Munn Ice Arena in Michigan State during slightest once in their life). There’s also a U.S. National Team Development Program in Plymouth and Muskegon Lumberjacks of a U.S. Hockey League and a Saginaw Spirit and Flint Firebirds of a Ontario Hockey League. Plus, all a girl hockey programs.
Submitted by George Sipple, Sports Reporter
Catch a set during Baker’s Keyboard Lounge
With an 81-year story of presenting song dating to 1934, Baker’s has a legitimate claim on a pretension of World’s Oldest Jazz Club. Its storied history, friendly intimacy, deco furnishings and hipster vibe make a ideal mark to anticipate Detroit’s conspicuous jazz legacy.
Hear a DSO during Orchestra Hall
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s stately story continues underneath stream song executive Leonard Slatkin, whose reign has been noted by an importance on new American music, festivals and a lift to make a DSO a many permitted wire in a nation with initiatives trimming from weekly webcasts to an endless menu of area concerts. But Orchestra Hall, a DSO’s ancestral home on Woodward, famous for a mythological intense acoustics and intimacy, stays a best place to hear a band. (Orchestra Hall is partial of a recently renamed Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.)
Tour a DIA
Art lovers from all over a planet, yet quite in Michigan, breathed a outrageous whine of service when a Detroit Institute of Arts emerged from a city’s failure with a collection intact. The museum’s world-class land are remarkable, including landmark treasures by Van Gogh, Matisse and Bruegel, as good as works travelling thousands of years of tellurian history, from ancient civilizations to contemporary art. And, of course, there are Diego Rivera’s grand “Detroit Industry” murals, a Mexican artist’s excellent works, absolute black of Detroit’s persperate and essence and monuments to a transcendence of art and a tellurian imagination.
Submitted by Mark Stryker, Arts Reporter and Critic
Hike Sleeping Bear Dunes
Hike all a approach to a end and to pleasing Lake Michigan and a seaside (a note to a wise: take bottles of H2O and crackers). The perspective during a finish of that sincerely extensive travel is spectacular. The initial time we saw it was before we lived in Michigan, in a early 2000s. We lived in Toledo and listened about this area in Michigan around a dunes, Charlevoix and Traverse City and motionless to check it out for vacation. After creation a trek around a area and a hike, it was “Wow, this is Michigan?”
Submitted by Christina Hall, Reporter
Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island
Step behind in time to knowledge a horse-drawn march during a annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island. Draft horses whose standard pursuit is pulling carriages and wagons are propitious out to lift floats down a categorical street. It is one of a highlights of a week dedicated to a island’s lilacs, that are customarily in full freshness during a event. Many of a strange trees were planted during a colonial era. The Grand Parade is led by descendants of Chief Mackinac, Chief Pontiac and Chief Okemos. It’s one of a best times to see a island, in annoy of a vast crowds. If we stay on a island we get a oppulance of enjoying quieter streets when a ferries leave for a mainland in a evening.
Submitted by Martha Thierry, Assistant Graphics Editor
Hop aboard the Keweenaw Star
Take a 3- to 4-day excursion to see lighthouses and freighters on a 110-foot Keweenaw Star, that sails out of Charlevoix. It’s an affordable approach to see Michigan and Ontario sights that can customarily be seen by boat. Travel by day on northern Lake Michigan, northern Lake Huron, a Soo Locks and eastern Lake Superior. Stay during night in hotels. And move your camera.
Submitted by Mary Schroeder, Photo Editor
Go night fishing in the Pere Marquette River
For 25 years, this pleasing physique of H2O has been a site of a annual Salmon Slam, and a salmon have always delivered. Try a 140-plus stairs during Claybanks to deplane to one of a best publicly permitted waterways in Michigan. It’s flies-only and no-kill, and a hulk brownish-red fish bite, too, when a object goes down. Get a headlamp and fish after dark. The salmon quarrel like they’re in a football diversion on water. Baldwin itself was improved before Edie’s Log Bar closed, yet we can still get a cold decoction in town.
Submitted by Jim Schaefer, Staff writer/Columnist
Sail a Mackinac Race
Each Jul about 3,000 sailors embark on a Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island sailboat competition in roughly 250 boats of several sizes. Most take about 48 hours to strech a finish line during a island. The debate by Lake Huron involves sailing by during slightest one and customarily dual nights on tiny nap in infrequently severe seas, yet those who do it once mostly come behind year after year. Old Goats are those who have finished 25 races, and some participants have sailed some-more than 50. It’s really not for everyone, yet for those who adore sailing and have a ambience for adventure, a competition creates memorable memories of a unaccompanied Michigan experience.
Submitted by John Gallager, Business Reporter
Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse in Port Hope
The still active beacon on Lake Huron in Michigan’s Thumb is one of a many photogenic, interesting lighthouses in Michigan. Climb a 89-foot structure built in 1857 or customarily suffer a museum and present shop. In further to a story of a beacon itself, a museum also is important for a touching artifacts of a Daniel J. Morrell, a boat that sank in 1966 customarily off a seashore in a storm, withdrawal customarily one survivor.
Submitted by Ellen Creager, Travel Writer
Go for a coney
You can’t get a loyal ambience of Detroit though interlude for a coney dog. The hardest partial is determining either to revisit American or Lafayette, a indicate of row among Michiganders. Or, what a heck, revisit them both and join a debate. #TeamLafayette
Submitted by Elissa Robinson, Web Editor
Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan
It customarily takes a bite, and some patience, to get bending while fishing for salmon on Lake Michigan. A salmon latches on and line rushes from a reel, pitting fish —sometimes weighing 15 to 25 pounds—against fisherman. Find a licence and bound aboard. Ludington is a good place to check out.
Submitted by Elisha Anderson, Reporter
A world-class golf course, Arcadia Bluffs sits above a shores of Lake Michigan and offers extraordinary views seven days a week, continue permitting, from mid-April to mid-November. If you’re lucky, we might even hear a bagpiper who plays during nightfall on Fridays and Saturdays.
Submitted by Grace Bennett, Director of Newsroom Administration and Budget
Attend Opening Day in Detroit
Nothing – not robins, not crocuses, not St. Patrick’s Day parades – is a some-more acquire pointer of prime in Michigan than Opening Day for a Detroit Tigers. OK, so it’s customarily 51 degrees and gray outside. But still, ball is BACK! And summer regard can’t be distant behind. Fans’ hopes always are high streamer into a home opener, and their spree starts in parking lots and bars during a mangle of dawn. Sometimes it can feel some-more like a celebration than a game, that offends ball purists. But there are 80 other home games for Tigers die-hards. Opening Day is for a masses.
Submitted by James Jahnke, Sports Editor
Hit a beach
That’s one thing Michigan residents can do any summer though high-tailing it to Florida or California: Lake Michigan feels customarily like being on an ocean. My recommendation: The Coast Guard City, Grand Haven. Spend a day sunbathing, check out a lighthouse, travel a boardwalk, watch a Musical Fountain, collect adult a burrito during Butch’s Beach Burritos and, if we can, revisit for a annual Coast Guard Festival. Fun fact for we millennials: “American Pie 2” is formed on a summer in Grand Haven. It’s a blast.
Submitted by Brian Manzullo, Sports Editor
Run a Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon
Run a Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon: It was simply one of a best moments of my life, using adult a Ambassador Bridge as a object came adult final October, and it’s something I’ll never forget. But some-more than that unaccompanied stage was all a tough work that went into using a Free Press/Talmer Bank half marathon and a impulse from all a runners we had talked to over a prior year in a array of “Long Run” profiles any week. we can’t put into difference how many using has altered my life and what it meant to mount adult to a 13.1-mile challenge. You can do it!
Submitted by Anthony Fenech, Sports Writer
The Belt alley
Officially, it’s called a Belt. we call it a Art Alley.
Downtown Detroit’s latest value is a block-long alley using from East Grand River to Gratiot Avenue that is full of grand travel art by inhabitant and general artists. The Belt alley is subsequent to a Z parking garage, with a possess eye-pleasing journey of colorful murals decorating a walls.
Among a artists whose works are featured in a Belt are travel artist Shepard Fairey and excellent art painter and muralist POSE (Jordan Nickel). My personal favorite, though, is a soaring geisha embellished by London artist HUSH.
The good news is a alley is customarily removing improved with skeleton for a bar, restaurants, shops, live party and live events, such as gallery openings.
Submitted by Steven Pepple, Content Coach
The Little River Railroad in ancestral Coldwater
Take a 1.5 hour discuss to see a pleasing tumble colors on a 1911 steam locomotive train. The sight also runs tours featuring Santa during Christmas and trips in spring. If we go, stay in city and take in a extraordinary design in a city’s (est. 1861) National Historic District. And it’s within a 15 notation expostulate of Allen, Mich., “antique collateral of Michigan” and a state line, where we can discuss Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve in Angola a same day.
Submitted by Maryann Struman, Director of Communities
Head to Windsor
Head to Windsor and find out racial food, in sold East Indian fare. A call of immigration from a Far East came to Canada and Windsor before a U.S. and Detroit. Just like in London, there are illusory racial offerings customarily opposite a river.
Submitted by Christopher Kirkpatrick, Director of Business News
Go beer tasting
Go beer tasting during a Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in Jul in Ypsilanti. More than 100 Michigan brewers share some of their many artistic concoctions, like Short’s Brewing Company’s Key Lime Pie drink and Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Neapolitan Milk Stout. It’s a state’s many distinguished beer-tasting event, finish with live song and a possibility to try beers from opposite a state.
Paddle Detroit’s canals on a nightfall vessel tour
Take a outing down a Detroit River between a city and Canada, afterwards curve north into canals that breeze by neighborhoods on a city’s easterly side. It’s a possibility to see some ancestral homes and tools of Detroit differently unknown. Detroit River Sports frequently offers tours.
Submitted by Robert Allen, Reporter and Spirits of Detroit alcohol columnist
Get Gothic during a Renaissance Festival
Step by a gates of Hollygrove and enter a universe of knights, fairies and Gothic adventures of all kinds. From mid-August by early October, a Michigan Renaissance Festival has performances for all ages, unaccompanied food and beverages and a wide-variety of Renaissance-themed shops. Bring a kids for rides and games, or leave them behind for a pub yield and a ribald comedy show. Whatever we do, don’t skip a jousting via a day. It’s really a highlight.
Submitted by Alicia Secord, Page Designer
Try a duck during Frankenmuth
You haven’t gifted a fame of a Great Lakes State until you’ve replete on a duck cooking in Frankenmuth, a really possess tiny Bavaria. Together, Zehnder’s and Bavarian Inn restaurants offer some-more than 2 million duck dinners a year.
Submitted by Georgea Kovanis, Columnist
Visit Stony Creek Metropark
Whether it’s summer or winter, there’s always something to do during the 4,461 hactare park, that extends into both Oakland and Macomb counties. You can spend a day boating and lounging around on Stony Creek Lake or take a convenience travel on one of a several trails during a park. In a winter, families mostly ski and snowshoe opposite noted trails.
Submitted by Katrease Stafford, Reporter
Ice climbing during Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
That’s right — it’s cold, you’re tethered to a rope, and a customarily thing between we and a straight wall of ice is a pointy steel of ice axes and crampons. There’s no arguing that ice climbing takes a whole lot of integrity and a splash of courage, yet there’s also no improved approach to knowledge winter along a solidified sandstone cliffs of Lake Superior. One of a best ways to try this competition safely is during a annual Michigan Ice Fest, that offers demo rigging and a far-reaching operation of classes, as good as nightly slideshows from some of a best climbers on Earth. Simply put, it’s an knowledge not to be missed. Sign adult early as a Michigan Ice Fest grows in recognition any year.
Submitted by Brian Kaufman, Executive Video Producer
Backpacking and camping on North Manitou Island
Hike to see aged orchards and stays of buildings from days’ past; try a island’s wilderness; travel along a beach; or loll around reading a good book. There is a packet to both North and South Manitou islands from Leland. The packet has stopped for a season, yet will collect behind adult in May, according to Manitou Island Transit. For some-more information about North Manitou Island, partial of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, follow this link.
Submitted by Gina Damron, Reporter
Take a print discuss of a many pleasing places in Michigan: