Ranking Michigan's top 5 summer road rip destinations

Michigan, famed for its Midwestern charm, offers a plethora of enchanting road trip destinations ideal for vacations. Based on numerous personal experiences, here’s the compilation of the top 5 road trip destinations within the state:

  1. Mackinac Island, Mackinac County: Known for its horse-drawn vehicles, Mackinac Island is auto-free, providing a unique encounter with the past. Cycling enthusiasts can explore the picturesque settings around the island in just about one hour. Mackinac’s pristine beaches, signature fudge, and rich history culminate in an unforgettable experience.

  2. Pictured Rocks, Alger County: Lake Superior, with the incredibly clear and refreshing water it harbors, is a prominent feature of Pictured Rocks along with its breathtaking coastal rock formations. Swimmers, boaters, and cliff divers alike find delight in this Northern Michigan destination.

  3. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leelanau and Benzie County: These distinctive sand dunes soaring around 460 feet above Lake Michigan provide a mesmerizing view across the water. Perfect for picnics, climbing, relaxation, and photography, the Sleeping Bear Dunes never fail to impress visitors time and again.

  4. Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven: A popular family spot, Grand Haven State Park embodies a vibrant atmosphere during summers, with a beautiful sunset on Lake Michigan horizons and relaxing warm day beaches. The city offers a wonderful blend of local shops, restaurants, and cozy buildings.

  5. Boyne Mt. Sky Bridge, Boyne City: Though renowned for wintertime skiing, Boyne City has its summertime charm – specifically the 1,200 ft long, 118-ft high SkyBridge offering panoramic valley views. Post-visit options include dining at welcoming restaurants such as the Boyne River Inn, Lake Street Pub, and Café Sante, all within beautiful surroundings like Lake Charlevoix and nearby Walloon Lake.

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