Michigan Vacation Ideas

December 25th, 2018

Families with children of all ages have access to a wealth of vacation ideas in the Great Lakes state of Michigan. From enjoying the locally grown produce and exploring the vast freshwater coastline to walking across one of the longest suspension bridges in the world and touring a decades-old American auto plant, Michigan has something to offer beach lovers and museum aficionados alike. Because of Michigan’s shape similar to that of a mitten, tourist can explore in the “thumb” all the way to the “pinky” area and beyond.Michigan Vacation Ideas

Cherry Festival

Held in July each year, the Traverse City National Cherry Festival is an eight-day celebration that supports the local cherry industry with a parade, musical entertainment, a Blue Angels air show and food sampling and races, as well as vendor booths that feature everything from cherry-related souvenirs to cherry-mustard pretzel dips. Most of the activities are free, especially those for kids, but there are fees to enter the competitive running races, see the indoor music concerts (prices starting at $35). A driver’s license is needed to enter the beer tent.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

One of only four national lakeshores in the United States, Pictured Rocks is an expansive 40-mile stretch of shoreline that boasts waterfalls, rolling hills of sand dunes, beaches and sandstone cliffs. It is located on the edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior, making it quite a lengthy car drive. It’s 400 miles from Detroit and 500 miles from Chicago, Ill. There is no fee to enter the park and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Visitor Center is open all year, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., everyday except Sunday.

Michigan Vacation Ideas

The Mackinac Bridge Walk

The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk is held the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. For one time each year, participants can walk the five-mile span on the world’s third-largest suspension bridge. The Governor starts the walk at 7 a.m. and the bridge remains open to walkers until 11 a.m. Bridge walkers cross from north to south, as they start in St. Ignace and end in Mackinac City. It doesn’t cost money to cross the bridge on foot but if you take a bus back to your car, the fee is $5 per person. Upon finishing, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Ford Rouge Factory Tour

One of many exhibits at the Henry Ford Museum, the Rouge Factory tour is an up close experience for car buffs, historians, native Michiganders and all those who are interested in the technological innovations that make up a car and an industry. Adult nonmembers pay $15.00, youth nonmembers $11, and senior nonmembers $14; members of the museum generally pay about $2 less per ticket. Guests can spend anywhere from two hours to five hours exploring the tour in its five parts: two movies, guided tour, observation deck and gallery. The plant is open everyday except Sunday. They run tours around the clock starting at 9:30 a.m. and the last tour departs at 3 p.m.

Tours leave from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Call (800) 835.5237 or visit http://www.thehenryford.org/rouge/index.aspx for help with planning a tour.