top five places to visit in michigan this summer


Family on a road trip in Michigan with their RV.

Looking for a family getaway this summer? Have you been saving up for some relaxing time off? Michigan is full of beautiful spots to vacation and explore! From beaches to vineyards, the Great Lake State has a little something for everyone. Grab the family, pack up the RV, put on your favorite road trip playlist, and hit the open road!

1. mackinac island

Mackinac Island. Five travel spots in Michigan.

This dreamy little spot looks as if it were pulled right out of a fairytale. While motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Island, you can get around on bicycles or a horse-drawn carriage. How fun! Treat yourself to some famous Mackinac Island fudge, enjoy live music, or just kick back and relax by the lake.

The old classic romance movie “Somewhere In Time” was filmed at the Grand Hotel located on the island. The hotel celebrates “Somewhere In Time Weekend” in the fall with its special package that includes a screening of the movie, discussions of the movie’s production process, and so much more.

2. traverse city

Traverse City. Top Five spots to travel to in Michigan.

Traverse City is a lively city with so much to offer for everyone in the family. This busy town grants you close access to the beach, a beautiful historic lighthouse to explore, several delicious restaurants to enjoy, and, of course, plenty of shopping opportunities. Treat the kids to a stay at Great Wolfe Lodge, a hotel in Traverse City with an indoor water park! Or visit in July for the Annual Traverse City Cherry Festival, a week of parades, good food, live music, and so much more. You’ll fall in love with the charm of this city and come back year after year.

ready to shop till you drop? Check out all the fun stores you can visit during your trip.

3. leelanau peninsula

Leelanau Peninsula. Top Five places to travel to in Michigan.

Michigan has no shortage of breathtaking views, but the Leelanau Peninsula is one for the books. Hop in the car and drive along the coast of the Leelanau Peninsula. Drive through endless stunning vineyards and beautiful wooded areas. Stop by the Grand Traverse Lighthouse to take in the history and gorgeous landscaping. Don’t forget to make a stop at some of Michigan’s most incredible wineries to sit back and relax with a glass or two. On your way back, stop to watch the sunset over Lake Michigan on the beach at Village Park in Empire, Michigan

check this out: Leelanau Peninsula Winery Map.

4. the dunes

Beautiful, breathtaking, and huge! These dunes are wonderful sites to see and enjoy. They’re a wonderful landscape for photoshoots or a beautiful place to have your family beach day.

sleeping bear dunes - empire, mi

Sleeping Bear Dunes. Top 5 places to visit in Michigan.

Sleeping Bear Dunes tower over 450 feet above Lake Michigan and are quite the sight to see. From beautiful trails and camping locations to miles and miles of beautiful sandy landscape, these dunes will take your breath away.

check this out: Read the history behind the name of Sleeping Bear Dunes.

silver lake dunes - hart, mi

Silver Lake Dunes. Top Five places to visit in Michigan.

A 2,000-acre sand mountain! Take a hike with the family, or bring your ATV or Motorbike and cruise around the ORV area. This space is sectioned off into three areas; one area that is safe for pedestrians, one section that is only for ATVs or motor vehicles, where pedestrians are prohibited, and another section reserved just for ATV tours of the dunes. These dunes offer a little bit of fun for everyone in the family.

ready to ride the dunes? Check out these safety tips and maps for Off-Road Vehicle access.

5. pictured rocks

Pictured Rocks in the UP. Top five places to visit in Michigan.

Explore the beautiful landscaping of Pictured Rocks in Lake Superior. Lake Superior is the largest and wildest of all of Michigan’s Great Lakes, and the wild water of this lake is what has shaped these rocks into what they're today. Enjoy numerous hiking trails, camping spots, or kayaking or boating the beautiful sites with crystal clear water at this unforgettable and must-see National Park.

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