Michigan Tourist Attractions

By | January 3, 2023

Big celebrations and events

Holiday Balloon Fest
The Holiday Balloon Fest has been held annually in August in Battle Creek since 1998. While it initially attracted around 5,000 spectators, today almost 25,000 spectators flock to the small town to enjoy ballooning. If you dare, you can book an FGrize ears with the hot air balloon or find out about their technology on safe ground.

Lansing Jazz Fest
The Lansing Jazz Fest is a free music festival that has been held in the state capital since 1995. While it started as a rather small and local music festival, around 15,000 people come to Lansing every summer to hear and celebrate regional and national jazz musicians and bands.

National Blueberry Festival in South Haven
The National Blueberry Festival takes place every year in the small town of South Haven in the southwest of the state. For four days, everything revolves around the blueberry. For example, there is a competition in blueberry cake baking, but also other activities and fun for the family

Zoos, parks and amusement parks

WJ Beal Botanical Garden in Lansing
The WJ Botanical Garden in Lansing is the oldest botanical garden in the USA. It was established in 1873 and has more than 2000 plant species. It belongs to Michigan State University and is used by the university for research purposes.

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Muskegon Winter Sports Complex in North Muskegon
Located right on Lake Michigan, the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is the largest winter fun park in western Michigan. It includes e.g. B. three different ice rinks, cross-country ski trails, hockey rings and a skiing area that is illuminated by artificially created northern lights.

Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo is located 3 km north of downtown Detroit. It was founded in 1833 after a circus went bankrupt and some animals were taken over. Today, the Detroit Zoo is home to almost 3,000 animals and around 280 different species. Special attractions include the following:
Arctic Ring of Life: Largest man-made habitat for polar bears, seals and arctic foxes in the USA.
African Grasslands: Home for countless animals of the African savannah, such as. B. zebras, giraffes, rhinos and other species
African Forest: Particularly known for its large number of monkeys living in Africa such as. B. Silverback mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, the Great Apes of Harambee and other great apes
Asian Forest: home to the rare animals of Central Asia, Nepal and Myanmar such as B. the panda bear and the endangered Siberian tiger
Australian Outback: The exhibition specializes primarily in the habitat of kangaroos and wallabies and provides information about their natural habitat in Australia

National parks

Isle Royale National Park
The Isle Royale is the largest island in Lake Superior, 80 km long and 9 km wide. It is home to the Isle Royale National Park of the same name, one of the smallest national parks in the United States. There are no cars or roads here and the number of visitors is limited. So you want to hike in peace, camp, experience pure wilderness and z. B. Watching wolves in the wild, the manageable Isle Royale Park is the right place for you.

North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country Trail is a long distance hiking trail approximately 7,400 km in the northern part of the United States. This makes the North Country Trail the longest of the 11 National Scenic Trails in the United States. The North Country Trail was inaugurated in 1980 and to date around 3,400 have been certified as a paved and managed hiking trail. The North Country Trail runs from the small town of Crown Point in northeastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota. On this course, the North Country Trail passes a total of 7 states. From east to west, these are: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. When the trail begins in northeastern New York, it initially runs westward, then crosses northwest Pennsylvania. In Ohio, he joins the Buckeye Trail and makes a circular motion that swings him north-west in Ohio. In Michigan, the trail also runs from south to north until after crossing the “Straits of Mackinac” (Mackinac Strait, connects Michigan and Lake Huron) it turns west again, along the southern coast of Lake Superior (Upper Lake) respectively. After crossing Northern Wisconsin, the North Country Trail divides into two sections. One runs north along the coast of Lake Superior and represents a huge “detour”. The other part basically continues in a westerly direction and both reunite northeast of Minnesota. Finally, the trail runs through North Dakota where it ends in the central part of the state. On this trip, 10 National Forests (Finger Lakes, Allegheny, Wayne, Manistee, Hiawatha, Ottawa, Chequamegon, Superior, Chippewa and Sheyenne National Grassland) are hiked. Other highlights include the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Wisconsin’s St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, New York’s Fort Stanwix National Monument and Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Tamarac Wildlife Refugee, Audubon Wildlife Refugee. In total, the North Country Trail runs through 57 state parks and 47 state forests. So the trail should offer something for everyone who has enough time.

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Other natural beauties

Keweenaw National Historical Park
The Keweenaw National Historical Park was established in 1992 and is managed by the National Park Service of the United States. It is located on the lower peninsula of Michigan not far from the city of Calumet. The oldest and largest lava deposits in the world can be found on the Keweenaw Penisula and in the park of the same name. In the museum and on guided tours, the high copper volume, which is special for the area, is particularly discussed. It is the only area where 97% pure and economically viable copper can be mined.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, also Porkie Park, is located directly in the mountains of the same name in Ontonagon. It is the largest untouched natural area in Michigan and is often used for recreation. You can explore the idyllic area on countless small paths, on foot but also on water.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
On the east shore of Lake Michigan are the Sleeping Bear Dunes, a National Lakeshore near Traverse City. The area stretches over approx. 288 km², of which approx. 60 km run along the coast. Of particular beauty are the 140 m high and approx. 2000 year old sand dunes, which give you a great view of Lake Michigan. These were created in the last ice age. The crystal-clear water of the lake also magically attracts visitors.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
On the lower peninsula of Michigan is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a protected area near the coast of Lake Superior. The area is around 300 km² and is spread over 67 km of coast. The huge red rocks and cliffs made of sandstone were created around 500 million years ago and today offer visitors an unforgettable nature experience. They can be climbed and discovered on foot and water and include numerous waterfalls and sand dunes.

National Forest
In 1946, the two state forests Huron and Manistee were merged for administrative reasons. They are located on the lower peninsula of Michigan and consist of 3,960 km² of land and 23 km² of marshland. 44.8% belong to the Huron Forest, while Manistee Forest occupies 55.2% of the area. The area is particularly popular with anglers, hikers, campers and other sports enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts. The clear and untouched streams are also particularly popular.

Ottawa National Forest
The Ottawa National Forest is located in five different Michigans counties on the upper peninsula near the Wisconsin border. It was built in 1931 and covers an area of ​​4,020 km². The largest part consists of coniferous plants such as fir and other types of pine. The Black River flows from the approx. 60 m high Copper Peak in five different ways down to Lake Superior, which has created numerous breathtaking waterfalls in the nature reserve.

Ottawa National Forest