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Top 10 Weekend Trips in Michigan to Enjoy this Summer!

Michigan, with its stunning Great Lakes coastline, charming small towns, and vibrant cities, offers a variety of weekend getaway options. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or someone seeking relaxation, Michigan has something for everyone. Here are the top 10 weekend trips in the Great Lakes state!

1. Traverse City

Traverse City is a gem in Northern Michigan, renowned for its beautiful beaches, wineries, and outdoor activities. Spend your weekend exploring the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, biking along the TART Trails, or indulging in local wines at the many vineyards in the area. Don’t miss the National Cherry Festival if you visit in July but be prepared for lots of traffic!

One of my favorite places to visit that isn’t talked about enough, is The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.  It is chock full of history and a great stop to pick up some locally made souvenirs!

2. Mackinac Island

Step back in time with a visit to Mackinac Island, where cars are prohibited, and horse-drawn carriages are the norm. Explore Fort Mackinac, enjoy the scenic views from Arch Rock, and take a leisurely bike ride around the island.

If you are in the area, I would suggest you split your time between Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island. The mainland has so much to offer including tours through a historical fort, beaches, shopping, logging shows and beautiful views of the the Might Mack! Don’t forget to snag a sweet treat when you visit, Murdick’s Fudge has been around for over 100 years and is the best in the area!

3. Ann Arbor

Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor offers a vibrant arts scene, fantastic dining, and beautiful parks. Stroll through the Nichols Arboretum, visit the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and catch a show at the historic Michigan Theater. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is perfect for local produce and crafts and one of my favorite stops when I am in the area!

4. Holland

Experience a touch of Dutch culture in Holland, Michigan. Visit during the annual Tulip Time Festival in May to see millions of blooming tulips. Explore Windmill Island Gardens, relax at Holland State Park Beach, and stroll through the charming downtown area filled with shops and restaurants.

5. Saugatuck

Saugatuck is an artist’s haven with its galleries, boutiques, and scenic beauty. Spend your weekend kayaking on the Kalamazoo River, climbing the sand dunes at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and enjoying a sunset cruise on Lake Michigan. The town’s vibrant art scene makes it a unique and colorful destination for people from all walks of life!

6. Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is a city known for its craft breweries, art, and history. If you are in the area, you absolutely must tour the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. History buffs can explore the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The city’s Beer City Ale Trail offers a chance to taste some of the best craft beers in the state and no trip to GR is complete without a visit to the Tire Swing!

7. Petoskey

Petoskey is famous for its picturesque downtown and the unique Petoskey stones found along its beaches. Enjoy a weekend exploring the Bear River Valley Recreation Area, shopping in the historic Gaslight District, and taking in the stunning views from the Petoskey State Park. A visit to the Little Traverse History Museum is also worthwhile. If you are a coffee lover visiting Petoskey, make sure you check out Roast and Toast for one of their amazing lattes! I love grabbing an Almond Joy Latte and heading over to McLean & Eakin Booksellers to browse their selection!

8. Marquette

Located in the Upper Peninsula, Marquette offers rugged beauty and outdoor adventures. Hike to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views, explore the Marquette Maritime Museum, and relax on the shores of Lake Superior. The city’s rich mining history adds an intriguing element to your visit. If you are in the area and enjoy hiking, be sure to check out some of the beautiful waterfalls and don’t forget to try a pasty!

9. Frankenmuth

Fun fact, my late husband and I eloped in Frankenmuth!  Known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth is a charming town with a rich German heritage. Visit Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store, enjoy a chicken dinner at the famous Bavarian Inn or Zehnders, and take a riverboat cruise on the Cass River. Make sure you take a walk across the beautiful covered wooden bridge while you are in town, Frankenmuth is a fantastic destination for family fun!

10. Ludington

If you crave a bit of Up North feel and want to enjoy the outdoors, Ludington is perfect for a peaceful beach getaway. Spend your weekend at Ludington State Park, where you can hike, bike, and enjoy the stunning shoreline. Visit the Big Sable Point Lighthouse, take a sunset sail on Lake Michigan, and explore the charming downtown area with its unique shops and restaurants.

Michigan’s diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage make it an ideal destination for weekend getaways. Whether you are seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, these top 10 weekend trips offer something for everyone. Pack your bags, hit the road, and discover the magic that is Michigan! Happy Wandering! xoxo

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