Traveling throughout Michigan during the summertime is breathtaking. The sand, water, boats and small town shopping throughout the mitten state is something that just cannot be missed. If you have not traveled to Michigan, especially Northern Michigan, you’re missing out on history, relaxation and beauty.  And yes, charm.

Dark Sky Park:  In northern Emmet County you can visit the International Dark Sky Park, the sixth park in the United States and the ninth in the world! It is free of charge and open 24 hour a day with nearby camping and hotels.

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Kilwins® Chocolate Factory:  It’s like visiting Willy Wonka and for free! Watch the world’s best Mackinaw Island fudge being made, smell the delicious candy and taste the chocolate treats that will melt in your mouth. As you head north on US 31 you won’t want to miss this stop and again, tours are FREE! Something the whole family can enjoy!

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Light House Tours:  Light houses are fascinating and throughout Michigan you can tour the historical light houses to learn of their history and how their light was a beacon for ships on the Great Lakes. It’s fascinating and if you pack a picnic and grab a map you’ll have an eventful and inexpensive road trip the whole family will enjoy!

For light house tours and stops throughout Michigan click here>>>>>

Mackinaw Island: It’s not cheap to shuttle over to Mackinaw Island but worth the pennies! One of the top 10 islands to visit and from personal experience I can understand why. Horse drawn carriages, bikes throughout, a haunted theater, butterfly conservatory, charter fishing, vintage baseball games, skulls cave, an arched rock and so much more – everyone in the family will have fun!

For details on where to stay and how to get to Mackinaw Island click here>>>>

Sleeping Bear Dunes:  Climb miles of soft sand and bluffs that tower 450 feet above Lake Michigan! A sight to see and experience but be warned you will go home with sand in every crack and crevice of your body! Make sand castles, roll down the sand hills, play in the crystal clear water and relax. A place where you can truly play and relax for hours and hours!

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As a Michigan girl, I can tell you first hand why we have never moved and if you visit northern Michigan I promise you, you’ll understand too!


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