As someone who’s lived in Michigan for quite a few years, I’d say the natural attractions are the most beautiful ones of all. The Great Lakes State boasts not only the Great Lakes, but also 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, 11,000 inland lakes, 4 national parks, 20.3 million acres of forests, one of the world’s top freshwater fisheries, 103 state parks and recreation areas, 6,500 miles of snowmobile trails, 1,300 miles of designated mountain bike and bicycle trails, more than 600 campgrounds, the second highest number of ski areas in the nation, and an international dark sky park.
You can travel on foot, by boat, by bike, by kayak, by ORV, by skis, horse, or snowmobile to discover the northern state’s outdoor delights.
The Upper Peninsula
When it comes to beauty, the UP takes the cake. It offers extreme adventure too, from fat tire biking and snowmobiling in winter to mountain biking and sea kayaking in summer. Feast your eyes on the miles of sandy beaches and pristine waters along the Lake Michigan coastline or go snorkeling along the shipwrecks of Thunder Bay.
You can also play golf or explore urban escapes such as Belle Isle or the Tridge. The only limit is your imagination.
West Michigan Pike – US 31
This is the most beautiful route in the state. Connecting Lake Michigan towns from Mackinaw City to Michigan’s southern border for the first time via US-31, this route features some of the state’s loveliest scenery as it passes through beach towns like Holland, St. Joseph, Muskegon, South Haven, and Grand Haven.
Wine County and its Wineries
On the way to St. Joseph, don’t miss the gentle hills of Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country. Fall is harvest time, offering the unique chance to sample wine at award-winning venues like Free Run Cellars and Tabor Hill Winery.