Do you remember Fenimore Cooper? Are you familiar with Chingachgook, the last of the Mohicans, Huron and Leather Stocking? The action of the book happened in Michigan: the house on the raft, scalps, evil Indians and noble hunters…
Just a few people planning the trip to the United States, say: “Let’s go to Michigan.” Outside the country, Michigan is known exceptionally for its well-developed automotive industry. Anyway, if you want to try fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, you can find the corresponding facilities here. We want to help you choose wisely with our Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Michigan.
10. Lake Huron
Lake Huron is the part of the five Great Lakes of North America. Its shores are divided between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of Michigan. This body of water is remarkable, since it binds a single water system with three other lakes.
The lake system is named in honor of the Lake Huron Indian tribe, which at one time was the most powerful tribe in North America and employed over 30 thousand people. The word huron comes from the French word “Gora”, which refers to the severed head of a wild boar, which the French compared with the hair of the Indians.
9. Warren Dunes State Park
With three miles of shoreline and six miles of hiking trails, the Warren Dunes State Park is a must see. Open year-round, the park also has a dune formation that rises 260 feet above the lake and features a plethora of spectacular and breathtaking views.
The impressive fact is that Warren Dunes has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round. It also has a dune formation that rises 260 feet above the lake with spectacular views and 1,952 acres of recreational opportunity. The place has 221 modern & rustic campsites and three modern mini cabins.
8. Isle Royale National Park
The national park is known for its populations of moose and wolves, by which scientists study the interaction between the predators and their victims in a confined space. The island is also unique in that it is only known to science as the place where moose and wolves exist without the presence of bears.
Typically, the island is the home to approximately 25 wolves and elk in 1000, but the number of animals varies depending on the year. Ironically, the physical isolation of Isle Royale and its unspoiled wilderness, with which people fought for centuries, today constitute the main value of the national park. You can reach it only by boat or seaplane.
7. North Island
North Island is the artificial peninsula area of 370 thousand square meters, which is located on Lake Michigan in Chicago. It is connected to the main part of the city along the narrow isthmus Solidarity Drive.
In the northern part of the island you can find Adler Planetarium, which is the part of the Museum Campus. Before this place was a park as well as the open concert hall with 7,500 seats. Today, it is expected that the island would serve as a living museum and a biology lab that will allow students and researchers to study the habitat and behavior of those creatures who lived in the area for hundreds of years.
6. The Kalamazoo River/City
The true pearl among Michigan beauties is the Kalamazoo River. The first settlers in the area were the Indians Potawatomi Kalamazoo, and the name of the district comes from the Indian word “kikalamazu” – boiling water. Bronson Park, the historic center of homonymous Kalamazoo City, is named in honor of Titus Bronson, who in 1831 founded a small village for trading.
If you want to experience the river from closer distance, you are welcome to bring your own boat and equipment or check out the website as several trips are offering rentals this year.
5. The Lake Michigan
The Lake Michigan is the largest freshwater lake in the United States with the area of over 57,000 km2 that covers the entire eastern part of the city. Complete size of the coastal line, including the line of the islands North and South Manitou and Beaver, is about 2500 km.
At the beginning of the last century, white sandy beaches of the lake similar to the Pacific coast were actively chosen by the wealthy residents of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The rest on the Lake is considered elite and very expensive. But as time passed, the lake resort expanded and made camping offers affordable and varied holiday for every budget.
4. Mackinac Island
At the end of the XIX century, Mackinac Island became incredibly popular among tourists from all over the world. Most of its attractions were providing a historical monument. Currently, Mackinac is listed as a National Historic Landmark in the list of the US events.
The island is known due to its cultural events, beautiful scenery, a wide range of architectural styles represented here (particularly noteworthy legendary Victorian hotel) and a ban on almost all motor vehicles. More than 80% of the island protected by the state (Mackinac Island State Park).
3. Sleeping Bear Dunes
This is the name of the National Park on the east coast of the Lake Michigan with sand hills up to 180 meters, surrounded by dense coniferous forests.
There is a beautiful Indian legend that the lake froze all three bears – Great Bear and her two small bears. Bear Mountain was left alone on the shore, and the Bears turned into islands. It happened because the animals were rescued from the fire. When the mother swam across Lake Michigan, she looked back and saw her cubs. Great Spirit spared mother, who was in despair and gave it to fall on the spot, which is so fond of the travelers, and her children were frozen in the spot where they had left her mother.
2. St. Joseph’s Lighthouse on Lake Michigan
St. Joseph Lighthouse was built in 1907. At that time, Pierce had two sources of signal light to provide a better navigation on the lake in bad weather. The round stone tower was built in 1859. Cast iron design of 35-foot tower is topped by a circular room in which the lights come. An external visible light beacon turns around in the range of 180 degrees.
The lighthouse located near the coast, was originally built in 1898 and rebuilt in 1907. The steel frame of the inner lighthouse crowns the beacon that serves as a navigation point during the fog. Its light is visible from 270 degrees. From the distance, the lighthouse looks like frozen monster in cold weather!
1. Mackinac Bridge
The tourists call the bridge in various ways similar to “Big Mac”, and “Mighty Mac”, but its official name is Bridge Mackinac (Mackinac Bridge). Every tourist, buying the cheapest flights and being in these places, is committed to be photographed on his background.
The total length of this incredible construction is 8038 m, and the length of the suspension of its parts – 2626 m, with the main span of the bridge connecting the two towers, stretches for 1158 meters. This is the largest and the most beautiful bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
Thus, if you consider yourself a globetrotter, you are welcome to visit Michigan as one of the most beautiful states in the US. We hope our Top 10 rating of the most amazing places in Michigan will help you choose among the abundance of outstanding tourist attractions.