Bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan is a state blessed with truly incredible scenery. With more than 2,000 miles of coastline, it’s no wonder that picturesque beaches and water sport opportunities are abundant. Of course, Michigan boasts a lot more than stunning sights and water sports; it also has an immersive history and culture as well as delicious cuisine, making this a state that is able to appeal to just about everyone.
Michigan is split into two peninsulas; the Upper and the Lower. While the Lower is quite densely populated, the Upper is more rugged and secluded, showcasing the state’s wilder side. Both peninsulas offer up dramatic landscapes, from towering waterfalls to rolling dunes, along with everything in between.
Being the largest city in Michigan, Detroit is usually the initial point-of-call for first-time tourists. This is one of the oldest cities in the Midwest, but it is packed with energy and vitality. There is so much to do here, from shopping at the famous Eastern Market to visiting the zoo, which is famed for being home to the largest polar bear exhibit in the world. Be sure to save some time to check out the many museums in the city for a dose of culture. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is particularly impressive, not only because of the historic building it is housed in, but also due to its rotating exhibitions.
To learn more about Michigan’s history, a visit to Mackinaw City is a must. Often referred to as the crown jewel of the state, the historical forts and landmarks dotted around the city will show you the rich history of Michigan’s past. This is also where you will find the Wilderness State Park, with 10,000 acres of natural beauty to explore. For a special day trip, take a boat from the city to the peaceful Mackinac Island. Motor vehicles are banned here, while Victorian influences are visibly evident, which makes a visit to the island feel like a step back into the past.
For those who want to make the most of Michigan’s proximity to the lakes, you will find plenty of activities available to you. In the summer months, everything from canoeing to water skiing to scuba diving are popular activities. There are several lakeside beach towns to explore, each one offering up a quieter way of life. The sugary sands at Grand Haven are stunning, as is the expansive Grand Haven State Park, while Sawyer is known for being home to some of the tallest dunes in the state. Once winter rolls around, Michigan turns into a winter sport wonderland. Try your hand at everything from cross country skiing to snow-mobiling to dog-sledding, all of which can be enjoyed throughout the state.
Of course, you will need to re-fuel in between all of your adventures, and there are certain dishes that the state is famous for that should definitely be on your must-try list. Mackinac Island Fudge is the first, with this sweet treat being famous world over. The square, deep-dish Detroit pizzas are also popular, as are pasties, with so many restaurants around the state being completely devoted to these stuffed pastry shells. Wash all this down with a glass of Vernors, which is a ginger drink that was created in Michigan in 1866.
No matter where you go in Michigan, there will always be plenty to see and do. Whether you are attracted to the hustle and bustle of city life, or would prefer somewhere more secluded, Michigan really does have something for everyone.
Our Michigan Lavelier store can be found in Mackinaw City’s Mackinaw Crossings, a premium shopping and entertainment area. In between exploring all of the history and heritage that the city is known for, stop by for a skin care fix, making the most of the expert advice and product demonstrations that the Lavelier store offers.
120 S Huron Ave #40
Mackinaw City MI 49701