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 was recently named one of the best places in the world to travel. The TripSavvy ranking listed the Great Lakes State as the “best place to travel for outdoor enthusiasts,” WXYZ reports.
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”).
As for Michigan, it earned its spot for being an “underappreciated outdoor playground” with more than 19 million acres of forest and 3,000 miles of shoreline.
“In the mitten of lower Michigan, hike the sky-high dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and race down to Lake Michigan’s turquoise waters for a dip. Take a coastal detour as you head north towards the Mackinac Bridge winding along the lakeshore beneath the dense canopy of The Tunnel of Trees on MI 115,” the site explained.
Sounds about right to us. Ready to explore the outdoors here in your home state? Consider these five suggestions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.