Attractions of Michigan
The state of Michigan, where the famous Motor City of Detroit is based, is full of charming sites for the viewing pleasure of local visitors and foreigners alike. The state is bustling with new developments and landmark sites that have shaped both American and global culture. Michigan is definitely an awesome travel destination filled with both historical and technological charm.
Isle Royal National Park
This landmark site consists of Isle Royale, a wilderness preserve in northwest Lake Superior, along with its surrounding waters and islets. The Isle Royale National Park was the last de-privatized land in 1940 through its establishment by the U.S. Congress in 1931. The park offers numerous campgrounds for tourists, the more famous ones being Merrit Lane, Rock Harbor, Duncan Narrows, Duncan Bay, and Lane Cove among others.
Harbor Country is a region resting on Lake Michigan in the southwest portion of Western Michigan. This small area features old-world towns, wineries, apple farms, berry farms, pumpkin farms, and mile-long stretch of gorgeous Lake Michigan beaches.
Harbor Country is ideal for experiencing such area beaches as the Municipal Beach in New Buffalo or the Warren Dunes State Park. The site is also great for sailing and kayaking along the shallow waters of Lake Michigan. While in Harbor Country, visitors can buy fresh farm yields at such area farm stands as Joe Jackson’s in Harbert and New Buffalo; or stroll down downtown New Buffalo to check out upscale boutiques, art galleries and restaurants along Red Arrow Highway.
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Located on Lake Michigan near Traverse City in the northern side of Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes is comprised of a long stretch of sand dunes on the shorelines of Lake Michigan and reaching through the islands of South Manitou and North Manitou. The mainland part of this park is subdivided into three regions by the villages of Glen Arbor and Empire. Exciting sites to see in this region include the Sleeping Beat Point Coast Guard Station and Maritime Museum, Port Oneida Farms and Treat/Tweedle Farms, the South Manitou Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station, and the Phillip A. Hart Visitor Center.
Located in the Straits of Mackinac and linking Lake Huron with Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island is a resort island that is notable for its Victorian era appeal. One of the main tourist spots in this island is the central village consisting of the Main Street and the Market Street both lined up with shops featuring seasonal tourist trade themes. The Main Street is home to vernacular commercial buildings with late 18th century theme while many of the Market Street buildings are built as early as 1812. Fort Mackinac is another interesting feature in this island which presents excellent views of Mackinaw Bridge, the village and nearby a shipping strait from the walls of the fort. Still another great feature of this island that would charm tourists who appreciate art is the Grand Hotel, a summer palace that provides upscale accommodation. Built in 1884, the Grand Hotel offers an attractive site to appreciate a pre-First World War environment. The film “Somewhere in Time” featuring Christopher Reevie was filmed in this site.
Situated only 40 miles away from Detroit, Ann Arbor is a sparkling town with interesting eateries, shops, sidewalk cafes, and cultural sites. Ann Arbor is in close proximity to other famous tourist spots such as the Michigan Theater, Kensington Beach, Planet Rock, Cobblestone Farm Museum, The Ark, The University of Michigan, Gallup Park, and many other scenic sites in Michigan.