One of the best things about Michigan is that it’s got tons of year-round destinations. But there’s really no better time than summer to enjoy everything Michigan has to offer. The laid back vibe and gorgeous weather brings people from all over the country to Michigan’s festivals, parks, wineries and museums. Get ready to activate summer mode with our picks for the best of the Wolverine State!
Toast To Summer
Michigan’s thriving wineries offer a variety of experiences that go far beyond the usual stop at a tasting room. You can choose your route and take a self-guided bike ride through vineyard trails, enjoy gourmet meals paired with the perfect vintage, or plan a wine and food vacation that includes cooking classes with top chefs.
Treat Yourself to Some Beach Time
When you think of Michigan, beach towns may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But the state is home to hidden and not-so-hidden gems along the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. With over 200 miles of shoreline, you can take it as easy or exciting as you want in towns like Saugatuck, Grand Haven and Holland. And if you’re looking for a totally unique “only in Michigan” experience, travel to Bete Gris and spend some time on Lake Superior’s mile-long “Singing Sands” beach.
Add Some Culture
If you’re looking for a change of pace from the parks and beaches, want to enjoy a rainy day activity or just need to mix it up with a little bit of culture, plan a museum tour of Grand Rapids. The downtown area features six museums within just a few blocks of each other, including the must-see Grand Rapids Public Museum. Just a few minutes away is one of the world’s top 30 must-see museums: the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, a breathtaking 200-acre display of nature and art.*
If the idea of camping brings to mind leaky tents and sandy sleeping bags, you need to discover glamping. A glamping vacation lets you experience all the scenic beauty and relaxation of Michigan’s great outdoors without the hassles you might associate with camping. Get away from it all in cabins, yurts, and even luxury tents for an extra touch of glam.
*(Due to ongoing and changing restrictions, be sure to check any indoor spot’s open hours before your visit.)