Explore the Best of Michigan
From Detroit’s glamorous automobile history to Traverse City’s charming cherry orchards, Michigan is gorgeous from top to bottom and the perfect destination for a Midwestern getaway. Featuring beautiful outdoor adventures, quaint college towns, beer trails, antique shopping and more, there is so much going on in the Great Lake State that a weekend away, if not a weeklong trip, is certainly in order. Read on for five of our favorite cities in Michigan.
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Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor’s college town atmosphere is only a fraction of what makes this city feel so charming. Visitors will love the highly walkable downtown area, with an endless amount of local bookstores, coffee shops, and pubs to stop into. Ann Arbor is known for its inclusive atmosphere with a thriving LGBTQ+ community, art scene, and of course, University of Michigan pride.
- Spend an afternoon at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, open year round.
- See a show at Hill Auditorium, designed by famed architect Albert Kahn.
- Cheer on the Wolverines at a sporting at event the University of Michigan.
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Explore the beating heart of the country’s once-thriving automobile industry, and see for yourself the incredible renewal process the city is currently undergoing. If there is one American city with a big story to tell, it’s Detroit. From incredible dining to hip downtown hangouts, be sure to carve out a few days to get to know the city.
- Get lost in the halls of the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the country’s best art collections
- Visit the Eastern Market for a taste of local cuisine, its weekly farmers market, restaurants, art installations and more rotating programming.
- Feel the weight of Detroit’s past at the Packard Plant, once a busy 3.5 million square foot factory, now an abandoned building awaiting renewal
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As recently as 2016, The New York Times listed Grand Rapids as one its top 52 Places to Go in the world. Michigan’s second largest city is famous for an incredible craft beer scene, outdoor recreation, thriving art scene, and more.
- Boasting more than 60 breweries such as the well-known Founders and HopCat, it’s no wonder why Grand Rapids is known as Beer City USA. There are countless beer tour operators, or you can go at your own pace and visit breweries as you please—most of which offer tours
- Find artistic inspiration all throughout the city, from museums to public art installations. The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park outdoor sculptures, indoor and outdoor gardens, the largest tropical conservatory in the state and a family-friendly children’s garden.
- Go on a hiking adventure at Wittenbach/Wege Center, open 365 days a year
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Besides being wildly fun to say, Kalamazoo has so much to offer you. From local shopping to outdoor trails, slow things down a bit in this lovely small town.
- Take a stroll or go for a bike ride at Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
- Peruse the wide array of gorgeously curated antique shops downtown specializing in everything from art to furniture, and take home a unique piece with a past.
- Make time to explore District Square, a 13,000 square foot outdoor beer garden featuring live music year round
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What do Traverse City and Europe have in common? Location. Located directly on the 45th parallel between the North Pole and the Equator, Traverse City is at the same locale as the regions in France and Italy, famous for their wine. Traverse City is also the Cherry Capital of the World, featuring countless u-pick cherry orchards and tons of natural beauty.
- Reconnect with nature at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a 64-mile curve featuring freshwater beachfront, forested wilderness, and superb hiking trails
- Tour the wine country of Traverse City, including the Leelanau wine trail and Old Mission wine trail, both of which extend to Lake Michigan
- Take a trip down America’s memory lane with an evening spent at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In, one of America’s last remaining drive-in theaters open since 1953
Plan your cozy weekend escape to Michigan today and see for yourself what makes Michigan so magical.