A guide to the Best Michigan Summer Vacation Spots.
I might be biased, but I think Michigan makes the perfect summer vacation destination. If you've never traveled to Michigan before, you might be wondering why should you visit this Midwest state.
My guide to the Best Michigan Summer Vacation Spots will show you that Michigan should be at the top of your bucket list.
Discover the natural and diverse beauty of Michigan.
Dip your toes into Lake Michigan, kayak in the largest great lake, go blueberry picking, or enjoy a glass of Michigan wine.
It is no surprise that Mackinac Island was recently named the hottest summer destination spot by TripAdvisor.
Mackinac Island is one of my favorite travel destinations.
It is just so magical and charming. If you haven't had the chance to visit, now is the time to start planning your summer trip!
Mackinac Island is an 8 mile long island located between the lower and upper peninsulas.
A short ferry ride is the only way to get to the island.
read more: 5 awesome things to do on Mackinac Island.
Mackinac Island is also pet-friendly! Mission Point Resort offers dog-friendly accommodations!
Read more: MISSION POINT RESORT: A PET-FRIENDLY OASIS
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is one of the most beautiful places in Michigan.
Located in the Upper Peninsula, Pictured Rocks offers waterfalls, a gorgeous shoreline, miles of hiking trails, and beaches.
The unique landscape and ecosystem can be explored by hiking, camping, and kayaking.
If you aren't feeling very adventurous, I highly recommend taking one of the Pictured Rock Cruises. This is a great way for the whole family to experience Pictured Rocks.
Of course I had to include my own city on this list. I may be biased but I think Grand Rapids is a great place to visit, especially in the summer.
If you are a craft beer enthusiast, you are in luck. Grand Rapids, also known as Beer City USA, is home to some incredible breweries.
Some of my favorites include: Founders, Brewery Vivant, Jolly Pumpkin, and The Mitten. I highly recommend going to The Mitten Brewing Company for a beer and their famous pizza flight.
Read more: Craft Beer and Vegan Food Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids is also known for art. Exploring Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is the perfect way to spend a summer day.
The whole family will love exploring the indoor and outdoor gardens and sculpture galleries.
You'll also find public art throughout the city. Be sure to check out the new iconic LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana. You'll find the iconic sculpture located on Louis Campau Promenade in downtown Grand Rapids.
Saugatuck, Michigan is located along the shores of Lake Michigan. Saugatuck is a well known artsy beach town that has something for everyone.
Whether you like shopping, admiring a vibrant art scene or spending the day at the beach, you’ll love the charming quaintness of this West Michigan beach town.
read more: SAUGATUCK, MICHIGAN DAY TRIP: WHAT TO SEE, DO AND EAT
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, discover the charming town of Holland. From white sandy beaches, small-town charm, to hiking the trails and picking your own fruit, Holland offers something for the whole family.
Lake Michigan is great for swimming, boating, and paddling. Spend the day at one of the five public Lake Michigan beaches in Holland.
If you happen to be visiting during blueberry season, head to one of Holland's u-pick blueberry farms. Picking blueberries is one of my favorite summer activities. If you don't feel like picking yourself, many of the farms sell already picked blueberries.
From outdoor adventures, family fun, to a relaxing romantic getaway, Ludington offers something for everyone.
Explore 18 miles of trails at the Ludington State Park. Enjoy a hike on one of the eight marked trails. You'll find the Big Sable Point Lighthouse, a favorite hiking destination in the park.
Grab a drink at one of Ludington's craft breweries.
read more: 3 Must-Visit Craft Breweries in Ludington, Michigan
Located on the white sandy fresh water shores of Western Michigan, you'll find the charming town of Pentwater. You'll find one of the most beautiful State Park public beaches in Pentwater.
This is the most popular reason to visit during the warm summer months. You'll love the white sandy beach, sand dunes, and fresh water.
Watching the sunset on the beach is the best part about summer in Michigan.
Located in Dearborn, Greenfield Village is the perfect place to spend a summer day. Throughout the season, you'll find different events. My absolute favorite summer activity is to attend Salute to America.
Listen to the Detroit Sympony Orchestra play while you enjoy a picnic with family and friends. It is the perfect way to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Known as Coast Guard City, U.S.A., Grand Haven is a favorite summer travel destination to visit. You’ll find a wide range of fun activities to do.
Soak up the sunshine and enjoy a beach day at the Grand Haven State Park. The park offers a sandy beach and views of the iconic pier and lighthouse.
Watching the sunset along the pier is the perfect way to end your day in Grand Haven.
Read more: things to do in Grand Haven, Michigan.
And of course, I had to include one of my favorite places, Traverse City. Even though I have talked about Traverse City quite a few times on the blog, I still wanted to include it on my guide to the Best Michigan Summer Vacation Spots.
Traverse City is a beautiful place to visit, especially in the summer. Explore the beaches, hike the sand dune, or enjoy a glass of wine at one of wineries.
Read more: Top things to do in Traverse City.
I hope that this guide has inspired you to put Michigan on your Summer travel bucket list! There are so many other great ideas of the state to explore too!
Happy Travels! Jeni
WOW what a great roundup post on Michigan. i want to visit every spot! NICE photos too.
Pinning this one! I've got a road trip through Michigan coming up and you mention quite a few of my stops. Can't wait!
oh my gosh- all these pictures make us want to hop in the car and drive straight to Michigan!
Cheryl @ O the Places We Go
Michigan is one of my favs! Love all these suggestions.
I'm saving this for a future road trip! It's hard to believe we live so close (in Wisconsin), and haven't visited most of these! Looks like I'm starting to plan next summer's trips! Thanks-
Lindsay @ Let Me Give You Some Advice
What a great list! Makes me wish I had every weekend free for the summer (and a private plane to get me to all these places quickly!) There's nothing better than a Michigan summer!
great photos! i need to get out to pictured rocks, it looks so beautiful there.
Wow, I can tell from your pictures that Michigan really is stunning! Other than layovers in Detroit and a trip to Ann Arbor when I was in 6th grade, I haven't spent any time in Michigan. I noticed that Detroit was named one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the country. Any thoughts on it?
I need to make a trip out to Detroit! There are so many vegan restaurants to visit in the city. There are also some amazing restaurants outside the city. Michigan is a beautiful state and definitely worth a visit!
I am visiting Michigan for the first time. I want to spend 4 days each in two different locations. I was thinking Munising and Traverse City. Thoughts?
Both of those are great locations for your first visit to Michigan! Traverse City is one of my favorite places to visit. You'll have a very scenic drive from Traverse City to Munising. Pictured Rocks in Musing is a great spot of visit during the summer. I highly recommend doing the Pictured Rocks Cruise. It is a great way to see them. And if you are into hiking, definitely plan on doing so hiking! I think that 4 days in both locations will allow you to see what each place has to offer! If you have any specific questions, feel free to send me an email at [email protected].
I am planning a long weekend trip to Michigan with my boyfriend for the end of July. We want to get as much as a Tropical beach experience we can in Michigan. What do you recommend? I want to add we are not yet 21.