Best Summer Vacations in Michigan
These gems in the Upper Peninsula offer some of the best scenery in the entire state. There are hundreds of waterfalls, miles of hiking trails and even a “Lake of the Clouds”. If you’re an outdoors type person this is basically paradise.
Traverse City Wine Tour
The battle of Old Mission Peninsula vs. Leelanau Peninsula. Discover the great history of Michigan Made wines right in the beautiful vacation mecca of Traverse City. There are tons of wineries in this verdant tip around Michigan’s “pinky finger”. Roll the windows down and follow the signs, and make sure you have a few days to relax and explore because you’ll need at least one day in each spot.
Woodward Dream Cruise
Muscle Cars are a rich part of Michigan’s history. People come from all over the world to celebrate this history along the nations first paved road. On the third Saturday in August, more than 30000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles cruise down Woodward Avenue. But don’t worry about it being a one day event, cruisers are rolling along the street all week long and Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Avenue is packed with dream cars and the sidewalks filled with onlookers (and food vendors!)
Michigan Renaissance Festival
The Michigan Renaissance Festival (MichRenFest) is a Renaissance fair, an interactive outdoor event that focuses on recreating the look and feel of a fictional English village called Hollygrove during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the latter half of the 16th Century. A large number of patrons also regularly attend the festival in costume further fleshing out the streets with nobles, pirates, Vikings, wizards, rogues, wenches, and an assortment of fantasy characters. The festival also includes many nationally known Renaissance festival stage acts, juggling shows, sword fighting shows, lane acts, a two-hour feast performed twice daily, three full contact joust shows performed daily, and activities and games for children of all ages. The festival is owned by Mid-America Festivals.
Grand Rapids Art Prize
Art Prize is one of the most community focused events the art world has ever seen. Unlike traditionally juried competitions, ArtPrize contestants are juried by the public. Artists and venues (exhibition locations) negotiate and coordinate during a process called Connections. During the event, installations are voted upon by the public using modern networking technology. In addition to that the prizes awarded are huge in comparison to other art focused events. Some winners receive awards and grants in the $100,000+ range.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. A boutique music and arts festival, the three-week gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, comedy, film, circus and street arts, and family entertainment.
Dark Sky Park
No entrance fee. Dazzling night sky for photographers, astronomers and dark-sky enthusiasts! In May 2011, the Headlands became the sixth International Dark Sky Park in the United States and the ninth in the world. This 600-acre parcel of old-growth forest sits on more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline in Emmet County. Here you will find the darkest of skies, undiluted by light pollution and preserved in perpetuity by Emmet County.
Movement Music Fest \ DEMF
Movement Electronic Music Festival is an annual electronic dance music event held in Detroit each Memorial Day weekend since 2000. Old-Schoolers know it as DEMF, and many people still refer to it as such. The festival last all weekend plus Monday and there’s always after parties going on until the early morning hours every night. People complain that it used to be free and now you have to pay for admission, but the quality of the event has skyrocketed over the past decade.
Backpacking the Manitou Islands
Looking for an island getaway right here in Michigan? Get on up to North and South Manitou Islands off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Hiking and designated camping are allowed on the islands, which can be accessed by the Manitou Island Transit ferry service from Leland or upon private watercraft with limited docking. Park passes and camping fees are required, and can be purchased in Fishtown or from the island Ranger Stations. North Manitou is considered a Wilderness Area, and no campfires are allowed.
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