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Vacation Spots Right Here in Michigan

Who says you can't go home again?

You’ve corralled all of your friends into the much-loathed group text to plan the next vacay. The clichés get thrown around along with a few international possibilities, but never does anyone mention exploring any of the towns and cities right here in Michigan. We Detroiters harbor a fierce love for the city, but when it comes to the rest of the Mitten, we tend to offer up a shoulder frostier than the winters. It’s a shame, too, because our humble state is home to some of the most beautiful places in the country, rich in culture, history and natural wonders. So we put together this all-Michigan, six-city tour guide that we hope will help pop your metropolitan bubble.

ESCANABA

Venture to the Upper Peninsula and hike through luscious forests and across sandy beaches – or tour 30 sunken ships in their offshore resting grounds, all in what becomes Michigan’s butterfly capital in late summer and early fall when thousands on monarchs stop in for a rest.

 About a seven-hour drive*

GRAND RAPIDS

Trek along the Beer City Ale Trail, which boasts 80-plus breweries, and visit one of the over 100 live-music venues in this city dubbed “super cool” by Expedia.

 About a two-hour drive*

IDLEWILD (Lake County)

This community, nicknamed Michigan’s “Black Eden,” was one of the few resorts in America that allowed blacks to vacation and purchase property in the first half of the 20th century and regularly hosted black entertainers and professionals. It’s enjoying a resurgence, so be a part of the newest generation to venture to our own paradise to bike, hike, fish and reconnect with nature.

 About a three-hour drive*

MACKINAC ISLAND

Gorge on world-famous fudge, sleep in a quaint bed-and-breakfast and play golf along scenic courses – but you’ll have to hoof around by horseback or foot,
because the island is car-free.

 About a four-hour drive*
(plus a 16-minute ferry ride)

MUSKEGON

Spend a day at Michigan’s Adventure, the state’s largest amusement park and water park, boasting seven roller coasters – plus visit the James Jackson Museum of African American History and fade into the evening at one of the farm-to-table restaurants.

About a three-hour drive*

TRAVERSE CITY

Tour the historic lighthouses – like Mission Point Lighthouse, built in 1870 – wade in the waters of top-rated beaches and go wine tasting at family-owned vineyards.

About a four-hour drive*

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