5 reasons to visit Michigan this summer

Summer is just around the corner and if you’re in need of a little warm weather travel inspiration, check out these five reasons to make a trip to Michigan this summer.

You can get lost in time on Mackinac Island.

Horses on Mackinac Island (Image: Mackinac Design)

Horses on Mackinac Island (Image: Mackinac Design)

A must for any trip to Michigan is a trip to Mackinac Island, a time capsule of a destination accessible only by ferry or boat. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by grand Victorian homes and horse-drawn carriages — this is an isle unspoiled by over development. Rent a bicycle and explore Mackinac Island’s 70 miles of trails or take a horse-drawn carriage tour of sights like Fort Mackinac.

There are celebrations all summer long.

These tart treats take center stage during Michigan’s National Cherry Festival (Image: Benson Kua used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

These tart treats take center stage during Michigan’s National Cherry Festival (Image: Benson Kua used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Michigan springs to life throughout the summer months with festivals all season long. Fittingly, the birthplace of America’s auto industry hosts a high-octane weekend to kick off the summer during the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Other notable summer events include the National Cherry Festival and the Traverse City Film Fest, founded by filmmaker Michael Moore.

Michigan’s beach towns come to life.

Dig your toes into Michigan’s sand this summer (Image: visualthinker used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Dig your toes into Michigan’s sand this summer (Image: visualthinker used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Once Michigan’s lakes defrost from winter, you can dig your toes into the sand along the state’s 3,126 miles of freshwater shoreline. Must-visit beach towns include the charmingly small Holland, historic Grand Haven and the sand dune-surrounded village of Silver Lake.

The land overflows with waterfalls.

Wagner Falls, Michigan (Image: Jim Sorbie)

Wagner Falls, Michigan (Image: Jim Sorbie)

With more than 200 waterfalls across the state, you don’t have to look far to explore Michigan’s beautiful rushing waters. You’ll hear their low roars long before you see them, but follow their siren’s song for some of the state’s most tranquil sights.

The state is made for summer camping getaways.

Immerse yourself in Michigan’s beauty with a camping trip (Image: RTD Photography used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Immerse yourself in Michigan’s beauty with a camping trip (Image: RTD Photography used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Michigan’s campgrounds put the state’s natural beauty on full display come summertime. Take in the sweeping views of Lake Michigan from the lighthouse of Ludington State Park before camping under the stars, or set up shop among the pines of Wilderness State Park with a view of the lake.

(Main image: Jim Sorbie)

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