Whether you're a land lover or you would rather be sailing the seas, a flight to Michigan won't disappoint. Encased by four of the five Great Lakes – Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior – Michigan is more than just a water town. It’s home to Motor City, Motown, and miles of mountains for skiers of any level. If you’re a lover of winter slopes, fast cars or old tunes, book a flight to Michigan.
It's likely the easiest way to get here is by booking a Michigan flight, but once you're here it’s hard to pass up a drive…a classic one. In 1908, Henry Ford’s classic Model T rolled off the assembly line in Detroit launching the first of many classic car models still revered by car enthusiasts today. And what’s a drive without some music? Load up your iPod with the Motown Sound before your Michigan flight. Michigan is home to Motown Music and many of the great artists signed to the label over the years.
Ski enthusiasts booking flights to Michigan won’t be disappointed. Michigan boasts some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the states. If motor cars, Motown and mountains aren’t exciting enough, Michigan also hosts the most registered boats (over one million) in the nation.
Whether one heads for the land or the sea after departing a Michigan flight, it’s likely to be an awesome experience in Michigan.
Surrounded by four of the Great Lakes, Michigan’s winters are bitter cold with lots of snow, icy winds, temperatures in the teens and 20s (F), and at least one subzero cold snap. March temperatures rise to the low 40s; June is in the 60s and 70s. July and August are hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s. September is cooler and October temperatures can drop to the 40s.
Best Time to Fly to Michigan
Summer and fall are the high seasons. Overcrowding in the summer is not uncommon. The shores of Lake Michigan are particularly busy, and Mackinaw Island is very crowded, especially on weekends. June and July have the most family visitors, and the crowds at the shore begin to recede after Labor Day.
The foliage season starts around mid-September with the colors reaching their peak by mid-October. This is also a very popular time for outdoor adventurers and anglers.
Spring is the off season and when most travelers find cheap flights to Michigan to take in the wildflowers blooming, whitewater canoeing at its best, and excellent angling.
Winter is quiet except for the downhill and cross-country skiers in the Porcupine Mountains.
Getting around Michigan
Michigan has several airports with scheduled local Michigan flights to destinations within the state. There is bus service in the southern part of the state, but otherwise buses are infrequent. There is train service through Detroit, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor.
Overall, driving is the best way to get around the state, including the cities. The good news is that southeast Michigan, including Detroit, still has some of the lowest car rental rates in the region. Michigan has an excellent system of highways and interstates. The Upper Peninsula has only 45 miles of interstate highway and is an enclave of scenic two-lane roads and rural towns. When you are in a rural section, keep an eye out for wildlife crossing the road. If you are visiting in winter, check the road advisories before heading out as roads can be closed by weather conditions.
Mackinaw Island, however, does not allow cars. All travel on the island is by horse or bicycle. There is ferry service to Mackinaw Island from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.
During the mild seasons, cycling is also a popular way to get around. Traverse City especially has lots of bike paths in and around the city.
Michigan Travel Information
- Lansing is the capital of Michigan, but only the sixth-largest city in the state. There is a host of cultural attractions, including the State Capitol, numerous museums and galleries, boutique shopping and restaurants. Tours are available of the stunning, historic Capitol Building, which was completed in 1879 and was designed by Elijah E. Myers, and helped lead to his reputation as one of the most-respected architects of capitol buildings.
- Detroit is the largest city in Michigan and perhaps most famous for being the home to Ford. The Henry Ford Museum is located about 20 minutes outside the city in Dearborn. The museum and Greenfield Village show the history of Henry Ford and his times: take a locomotive tour round the village or look in a reconstructed version of Ford’s home. A display of motorcars throughout the ages appeals to adults and children.
- As well as four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan also has more than 11,000 small lakes within the state, so it is naturally a great spot for watersports. Boating, canoeing and kayaking are all popular; more unusually, ice boating takes place in the winter months.
- The Mackinac Bridge connects the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan and is one of the longest suspensions bridges in the world. Nicknamed the “Mighty Mac” it covers five miles and was erected in 1957 after many years of planning and building. The annual bridge walk takes place in September of every year. A crowd sets off at about 7am from the north end and finishes in Mackinaw City on the south side.
- Skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are all popular in the winter months. The Crystal Mountain Resort has 45 runs for ski and snowboard as well as terrain parks and a half pipe.
- For more insider information visit the Michigan visitor's bureau at www.michigan.org