What to See and Do in Michigan
Guide to What To See & Do in Michigan
Michigan if full of fun activities for everyone young and old. With one mile of lakes or waterways for every 5 miles of land you cannot help but find the fun. Michigan is a full four season state and here every season brings another version of attractions and activities! The hardest part is to know where to start.
What to Do and See in Michigan
Experience the beauty of fall in the Porcupine Mountains. When the leaves change, the Porcupine Mountains is where you want to be! Located on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Porcupine Mountains are home to the largest tract of old-growth hardwood forests west of the Adirondacks.
Each Fall visitors flock to the Gaylord Michigan area for the intense colors of red, yellow or orange! Beautiful pines are the backdrop of autumn foliage. The city of Gaylord has identified two perfect tours for you to take and enjoy this season.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. The centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls.
Wild Beauty on the Lake Superior Shore. Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four season outdoor opportunities abound. The lakeshore hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles.
The Saginaw Valley Rail Trail covers 9.55 miles of abandoned rail corridor in Saginaw County, stretching from St. Charles to Saginaw. It incorporates a number of natural features including: seven bridges over various rivers and creeks, The Shiawassee State Game Area and many wetland areas.
The West Tour is another scenic fall tour as travelers drive south from Marquette on US-41 and turn in at the entrance of the Nordic Bay. Stay to your left on the Cliff Tower Road and follow the signs up Mount Marquette for a panoramic look of Marquette.
THOMAS ROCK VIEW
Directions: From the intersection of Presque Isle Avenue and Hawley Street (CR 550), go approximately 23.5 miles to CR 510 (about 2.5 miles before Big Bay), turn left (south) onto CR 510, go approximately 1 mile on CR510 for parking on the right.
Directions: Sugarloaf Mountain is 6-7 miles north of downtown Marquette on CR 550. Get there by taking Front to Washington, turn west and go to Fourth Ave. Turn north onto Fourth, which becomes Presque Isle Ave. At Hawley turn west. It turns into CR 550. Look for sign by parking lot. Free. Handicap accessible: no.
What to See and Do in Michigan by Region
- REGION 1: Detroit Area
- REGION 2: Battle Creek Area
- REGION 3: Kalamazoo Area
- REGION 4: Grand Rapids, Grand Haven and Holland Areas
- REGION 5: Lansing to Saginaw Area
- REGION 6: Michigan Thumb Area
- REGION 7: Central Lower Peninsula
- REGION 8: Muskegon to Newaygo Area
- REGION 9: Traverse City Area
- REGION 10: Gaylord Area
- REGION 11: Charlevoix Area
- REGION 12: From the Mackinac Bridge North
- REGION 13: Menominee Area
- REGION 14: Marquette Area
- REGION 15: Northwestern Upper Peninsula