Michigan Named a Best Place to Travel (Here’s Where to Go)

We already know our state is great, and after being named a best place to travel by two separate entities, we decided to find five of the best Michigan destinations for families.

A Michigan lighthouse

Jetting off to far-away lands is fun, but sometimes staying close to home is best – especially with young kids and tight budgets.

If that describes your family, you’ll be glad to know that Michigan has been named one of the best places to travel during fall and all year round.

Back in January, TripSavvy’s post, “Where to Go in 2020: The Best Places to Travel This Year,” included destinations around the globe, from New Orleans (“Destination of the Year”) to Rwanda (“Best for a Bucket List”) and named our mitten the “best place to travel for outdoor enthusiasts.”

Fast forward to September, and Michigan has been ranked a top travel destination, this time by LawnStarter.

In LawnStarter’s list of 2020’s Best & Worst States to Visit This Fall, Michigan took the number three spot based on key categories such as trails, entertainment and natural hazards.

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So, are you ready to explore the outdoors here in your home state this fall and beyond? Consider these five suggestions.

Photo via dowgardens.org

1. Canopy walk in Midland

Michigan is home to the country’s longest canopy walk, and it’s not too far from the Detroit area. Located at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland, the canopy walk has 1,400 feet of treetop bridges spanning 54 acres of forest. It’s open year-round, so check it out anytime.

Photo via Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

2. Mackinac Island

Sure, you could stay at a fancy hotel and sip tea once you get off the ferry and step onto Mackinac Island. Or you could pack the bikes and set off exploring the beautiful landscapes in every direction (or do both!). A family-friendly 8.2-mile bike trail goes around the island and you’ll find more than 70 miles of trails to check out.

Photo via Boyne Mountain on Facebook

3. Boyne Mountain Resort

Embrace the winter season with skiing or tubing, enjoy a bonfire or go horseback riding. There’s also “Fat Tire Snow Biking,” ice skating, snowshoeing and more. When you’re tired of the great outdoors, head to the indoor water park.

Photo via Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s Facebook page

4. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising

If you have the time, don’t let the distance put you off. Many Michiganders say the sights at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore are a must-see. Also in the area, check out Grand Island.

Photo via the Visit Ludington Facebook page

5. Ludington

What’s better than a beach vacation? If that’s your family’s travel style, you’ll love the 2,500 feet of beautiful beach in Ludington, which is about four hours from Detroit. Also explore Ludington State Park and check out the views from Stearns Park Beach.

This post was originally published in January 2020 and is updated regularly.

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