Michigan Summer Road Trip
The state of Michigan offers one of the best summer road trips in all the US. Much of this state is frozen or under snow for a lot of the year, so getting out and enjoying it during the summer makes it all the more special.
Here are few great stops on your Michigan road trip:
Sleeping Bear Dunes
On the coast of Lake Michigan, there are gigantic sand dunes that expand several miles from the shore. The dunes consist of large rolling hills of soft sand. It’s quite a challenge to make it up the hill, but running down is great fun. Just don’t pull a hammy! You can also follow the paved trail about 2 miles into an old settlement town. You can visit the boat museum and see live blacksmith demonstrations.
We really enjoyed Traverse City. We rode our bikes into town and explored the entire city along the bike trail. There are great city parks as well as delicious micro-breweries to sample. It is a very quaint little town that has fantastic restaurants and shopping.
The next stop is the Petoskey State Park on the shoreline of Little Traverse Bay. Here you can spend hours digging through the sand looking for fossilised stones that were once coral in the lake.
Continuing north, you’ll cross the Mackinac Bridge. This is the bridge that goes from Michigan to the the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The bridge is a stop in itself. It is massive and a true engineering feat. After crossing the bridge, you’ll get into St. Ignace. This is a great base camp for your visit to Mackinac Island. At St. Igance you can board the ferries to take you to the island.
Visiting Mackinac is very special. There are no cars on the island (I think there might be a few for law enforcement and the fire department, but none for the public). The fact there is no cars but tons of bikes and horse carriages gives the island a very old fashioned feel. I’d recommend taking a horse carriage ride as you’ll get a great look at the island and it is narrated by the carriage driver.
Taquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a great place to cool off in the hot summer months. There is an Upper Falls and a Lower Falls in the state park. In the Lower Falls you can wade into the waters and splash around in the waterfalls. The water is very cool and refreshing and it’s very neat to go under the waterfalls. You can even rent a row boat to venture out on the water.
With summer approaching, plan your Michigan road trip now and really enjoy all this great state has to offer!