Attractions To See -Lake Ann Michigan
Lake Ann Michigan is the home of many splendid things — we know it, because we live here. Beautiful scenery, majestic lakes, fabulous food, quirky locales and hidden gems just barely scratch the surface of what Lake Ann Michigan has to offer.
We asked staff members of the Lake Ann Press to share some of the best things to see and do in Michigan, based on our personal experiences. Here are 50 ideas you may want to add to your bucket list if you visit Lake Ann, MI.
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Visit North West Michigan for popular vacation spots like Petoskey, Traverse City, Manistee and Cadillac to enjoy a family-fun vacation or short weekend getaway.
Petoskey Michigan - Enjoy Your Vacation With The Most Beautiful Scenic View
The City of Petoskey is an established, longtime community located on the shore of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay, well-known for its scenic beauty. Found in the heart of one of the mid-west's most popular four-season resort areas, it is the county seat of Emmet County, as well as the home to the historic Gaslight Shopping District. Attractions include Petoskey stones, harbor springs, resort and winery, farm market, fun center and family water-park. Vacation home rentals are also available with easy access to lakes and rivers.
Cadillac Michigan - A Family-Fun Yet Affordable Vacation Getaway
Cadillac of Northwest Lower Michigan, situated in Wexford County on Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell, is the perfect choice for an affordable family-fun vacation getaway with a large variety of beaches and parks, hotels and restaurants and casino gaming.
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The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is open all year round with collections of old cars which includes a 15 Millionth Model T, a 1948 Tucker, a 999 Racer, a Bugatti Royale, a Ford Mark VI Racer, a Ford Mustang #1 and many more.
There are Presidential Limousines such as the Ronald Reagan limousine, the John F. Kennedy limousine, the Dwight D. Eisenhower "Bubbletop", the Franklin D. Roosevelt "Sunshine Special" and many more. There's the Heroes of the Sky exhibit which brings to life the first forty years of aviation. In this exhibit you'll see the Douglas DC-3, the Sikorsky Helicopter, and the Wright Flyer Replica. There's an Agriculture exhibit which features the first Fordson Tractor, Massey-Harris Model 20 Combine, and the Oliver Chilled Plow.
There is a collection of old timepieces, a display of four kitchens from different eras, a large collection of American-made jewelry of the last three hundred years, and a silver and pewter exhibit.
The best thing to see in Michigan is the Renaissance Festival in Holly, Michigan. Inside the gates you will see a festive marketplace with friendly merchants everywhere. You will be entertained by belly dancers, sword fighters, musicians, and comedians. There are jousting tournaments where knights on horses battle each other.
Everyone is dressed in renaissance costumes even the visitors. There's all kinds of food from a tasty soup in a bread bowl to a roasted turkey drumstick. Everyone has a good, old time there. Bring a camera so you can recapture the sites of the day. It's open on weekends August 18th through September 30th.
There's a lot more to see in Michigan so please come and visit. You'll be glad you did!
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Michigan, affectionately known to all as the mitten shaped state, provides 3,200 miles of fresh water shoreline, 3.9 million acres of DNR managed land and dozens of cultured cities with museums, upscale restaurants and extraordinary shops. Michigan is a four-season state. Visitors have everything from fishing, boating, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing and much more. Michigan is most commonly known for its Upper and Lower Peninsula's. Below are just a few places to visit throughout the state.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a nature-lover's paradise. Visitors should plan plenty of time to visit the 384-mile-long peninsula. The Upper Peninsula is home to the highest mountains in the Midwest and to all but two of Michigan's 152 waterfalls. Here are just few places you may want to make sure you visit during your stay in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Mackinac Island - Take a beautiful ferry ride to the island of Mackinac. A place that will take you back in time to horse-drawn carriages, quaint shops, and historical exhibits. Fort Mackinac was built by the British in 1782 during the American Revolutionary War to control the strategic Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. During the summer months, you can transport yourself back in time with reenactments and tours of the historical buildings on the Island.
Pictured Rocks - An awe-inspiring sight of multicolored sandstone cliffs lining Lake Superior. This 15-mile stretch of shoreline received its name due to the pictures that seem to appear on the rocks from multicolored sandstone and mineral stains on the rock surface. This stretch is known for its hiking trails, beaches and glass bottom boat tours.
Isle Royale - Wander freely with the wolves and moose in this North Woods sanctuary. 99% of this land mass is federally designated as wilderness. This archipelago is composed of ridges resulting from lava flows, which were tilted and glaciated. Isle Royale has 165 miles of scenic hiking trails, excellent fishing, paddling, shipwrecks and plenty of places for observing wildlife.
Houghton/Copper Harbor - Observe fantastic views from Lake Superior's rugged shoreline to the top of Brockway Mountains. Here you can take a scenic drive up the mountain (hopefully you'll see a black bear in the woods), do some mountain biking, kayak the Keeweenaw Water Trail or just relax along the beach. If you are looking for a white covered, snowy retreat than Copper Harbor gives you great snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Southeast Michigan, a region of seven counties, revolves around metropolitan Detroit. Southeast Michigan is home to many of the large corporations and businesses throughout Michigan.
Detroit - Detroit, like other Downtowns, has great things to offer. From cool nightclubs, to great restaurants, to awe-inspiring museums, Detroit has something for everyone. Looking for a sporting event? Detroit has two brand new stadiums in the heart of downtown. How about catching a play? Detroit's theatre district offers nightly shows you won't want to miss. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at the black jack table at one of three downtown casinos.
Ann Arbor - Centered on the Big Ten College, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor offers all who visit great restaurants, shops, museums and plenty of outdoor activities. Spend your day hiking the Waterloo Recreation area, one of the largest state parks in the Lower Peninsula. Explore nine unique galleries containing more than 250 interactive exhibits at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.
Lexington and The Thumb - Gorgeous sunrises, rich landscapes, sandy shores and playful beaches are hallmarks of what makes Michigan's "Thumb" area an excellent choice for vacations and day trip visits. Boating, beaching and fishing are the highlights of this wonderful area. Close to Metro-Detroit, it offers its visitors the ability to swim in the clear waters of Lake Huron and to spend your days catching fish like Salmon, Trout, and Perch. Don't have your own boat? No problem, many charter-fishing companies are available in this area.
Michigan has so much to offer its visitors. This guide only touched on a few of the many wonderful cities throughout this grand state. From outdoor recreation, to fine restaurants, shops and museums, there is something for everyone. When planning your next Michigan vacation getaway, make sure to visit Rentalbug.com, your connection to Michigan lodging. Rentalbug specializes in cabins, cottages, bed and breakfasts and much more. No one knows Michigan like we do.