10 Best Michigan Vacation Spots,Ideas To Inspire Your Next Family Trip (2024)

10 Best Michigan Vacation Spots

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Are you looking for a fantastic Michigan getaway to relax and explore? Or maybe a perfect romantic getaway? How about a kid-friendly trip to make lots of family memories?

We've got you covered!

Our unique Michigan vacation destinations and ideas will help inspire your next trip! Get ready to make lots of memories with these 10 Best Michigan Vacation Spots!

Saugatuck Michigan

10 Best Michigan Vacation Spots,Ideas To Inspire Your Next Family Trip (2)Saugatuck Chain Ferry. Photo by Elizabeth of the Fearless Foreigner

By Elizabeth of the Fearless Foreigner

Saugatuck is a lakeside town in southwestern Michigan. With a mix of quaint shops lining the streets and fancy yachts along the boardwalk, Saugatuck is the perfect combination of charm and luxury. The town is small, but there are a lot of different things to do.

Tasty chocolate shops and ice cream parlors are dotted in between the many boutique shops that fill the streets. Along the water there are some delicious seafood restaurants that offer great views of the boats on the lake. You can go for a boat ride or take the chain ferry across the lake to Mt. Baldhead Park. At the park, climb up the stairs for a scenic view or check out the Pump House Museum to learn more about the area.

Although the town is lovely, make sure to save some time to explore Saugatuck Dunes State Park. It's only a few minutes outside of town and offers a pristine beach to walk along and forest trails to explore. I can't forget to mention the giant sand dunes of course. They provide a fantastic view of the lake and an even better work-out! Compared to other beaches in the area the beach and park are not crowded at all.

The lakeside location makes Saugatuck the perfect summer destination for a family or romantic getaway!

  • Find more Saugatuck adventures here!

Marquette Michigan

Marquette Michigan. Photo: Emily Hines of Em's on the Road

ByEmily Hines of Em's on the Road

Marquette, Michigan is a quaint college town on the coast of Lake Superior and a must-visit for any adventurous travelers.

If you're thinking theUpper Peninsula is only for summer, think again. Winter is justas busy as the summer in terms of visitors and things to do. Marquette is one of the snowiest places in the country and people visit from all over to take advantage of the extraordinary snowfall.

There are miles of ski, snowmobile, and fat biking trails in and around town. If you love rock climbing, come to Marquette to try your hand at ice climbing (February is the best month for this). If you're not ready for those adventures try downhill skiing at Marquette Mountain or hit the trails with some snowshoes for a snowy hike.

Summer in Marquetteis all about Lake Superior. If you've got the guts, take the famous plunge of the prehistoric Blackrocks rock formation into the crystal clear water at Presque Isle Park. After a day on the water, head to one of the breweries for a great local beer and dinner from one of Marquette's food trucks.

Marquette Michigan. Photo: Emily Hines of Em's on the Road

In the fall, the colors are truly incredible and the best way to experience fall is to go hiking. If you want to hike off the beaten path, head to Echo Lake, a Nature Conservancy property just outside of town. There are two loop trails that are perfect for all hiking levels and offer peaceful views of the pristine lake.

Don't forget to explore downtown Marquette and visit the local breweries, restaurants, and boutiques for some fun off the trail.

Holland Michigan

10 Best Michigan Vacation Spots,Ideas To Inspire Your Next Family Trip (5)Holland Michigan. Photo: Anjali Wadhwa of Cheerful Trails

By Anjali Wadhwa of Cheerful Trails

Holland is one of the prettiest and most popular holiday destinations in Michigan. The town finds its inspiration from the Dutch's history and culture. Vibrant, cosmopolitan, and steeped in Dutch culture, Hollandgreets visitors with fabulous floral farmlands, museums, beaches, lakes and greenness.

Holland Michigan is well known for hosting the delightful Tulip Time Festival during the spring season. Millions of blooming tulips, bulb fields and various colorful flowerbeds make the festival a magnificent spectacle of colors and scents. In addition to admiring the gorgeous floral landscape, visitors can also enjoy various flower shows, games, rides, food scenes and parades held here throughout the festive season.

Holland's real charm, however, lies in the relaxed atmosphere, which together with its gloriously preserved medieval old center and lakeside beaches makes for an unforgettable romantic getaway.

You can also spot the historical landmark, the Big Red Lighthouse that dates back to 1872, from the shores of Lake Michigan from the Holland State Park. You can also enjoy some mesmerizing views of Lake Macatawa at the Kollen Park located in the downtown area of Holland.

The picturesque and well preserved windmill, located on the Windmill Island Gardens, adds more to Holland's Dutch inspired traditional landscape. This picturesque windmill is around 250 years old!

The Nelis Dutch Village, which is another must-visit in Holland, combines the charming medieval decors with wonderful displays of world-class Dutch cheese and vendors wearing traditional costumes. A trip to this Dutch village is like an authentic journey through the Dutch culture and traditions.

The best time of the year to visit Holland is during spring which falls in the month of May, when the tulip fields are in full bloom and can be admired in their entire splendor.

Midland Michigan

Midland Michigan, Tridge. Photo: Margarita Ibbott from DownshiftingPRO

ByMargarita Ibbott fromDownshiftingPRO

Midland Michigan is a small town that is home to one of the largest companies in the world – The Dow Chemical Company. Dow was founded in Midland in 1897 by Herbert H. Dow. You can see the benefits bestowed on this area as you drive around and see the many parks, a baseball field and outstanding Botanical Gardens and Canopy Walk.

You will LOVE the beautiful flowers, greenery and gardens beds throughout the downtown area and the walking trails that start at the Tridge (a unique three way walking bridge).

Main Street invites you to wander into quaint boutiques, sit outside at the patios and enjoy a co*cktail or indulge in an outstanding meal at a high-end restaurant at The H Hotel.

There aremany things to do in Midlandbut a highlight would be The Dow Botanical Gardens, Whiting Forest and Canopy Walk (all in the same area). It's a relaxing place to spend a hot summer afternoon.

Visit The Canopy Walk, the nation's longest canopy walk, at 1,400 feet in length. It ascends 40 feet above the ground and provides spectacular views of Whiting Forest. Whiting Forest - located within The Dow Gardens - features 54 acres of woodlands, ponds, apple orchard, meadows and stream.

Insider's Tip: if you stay at The H Hotel, admission and transportation to Dow Gardens is free!

Later on, take in a baseball game at The Dow Field where the minor league team - The Midland Loons - provide great family fun. There is a playground for when the kids get restless and a fire pit at the back of the field for a place to have a beer and a chat with your buddies.

Petoskey Michigan

Petoskey Michigan. Photo by Theresa McKinney of Fueled by Wanderlust

By Theresa McKinney from Fueled by Wanderlust

Petoskey is a lovely small-town destination for a pleasant Michigan vacation. Located up north, right on Lake Michigan in Little Traverse Bay, there is plenty to enjoy in this quiet town. From trails, to wineries and quaint shops, Petoskey is perfect for a relaxing getaway.

The most ideal time of year for visiting Petoskey is during the summer, in order to best enjoy the beaches and cool breezes along Lake Michigan. However, fall is also a nice time to catch the last few hot days of the year and comfortably stroll through Petoskey's little downtown. There is also some beautiful foliage to see in northern Michigan during autumn.

If you choose tovisit Petoskeywhen it's cooler outside, there is still plenty to enjoy. You could visit a nearby winery, such as Maple Moon, which touts itself as "America's first maple winery". If wine isn't your thing, there is also some great craft beer nearby. Right in downtown Petoskey, there is Beards Brewery and TAP30, both of which also serve good food.

If it's a pleasant day for a stroll, take some time to explore the adorable shops in downtown Petoskey. A couple highlights include, first, American Spoon, where you can taste a number of tasty jams and preserves. There is also Grandpa Shorter's for home décor and other unique finds, including cute socks, decorative coasters, beautiful picture frames, and more.

If you are searching for a low-key destination to escape to for some quiet time among beautiful scenery, then Petoskey is your perfect choice.

Warren Dunes and St. Joseph Michigan

Warren Dunes State Park, Photo: Kelly Johnson of Snap Travel Magic

ByKelly JohnsonSnap Travel Magic

St. Joseph is a city nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan. Quaint homes, great food, fun breweries, and amazing outdoor activities make this city the perfect choice for a summer vacation.

The crowning jewel of St. Joseph is the beaches. Visit St. Joseph in the summer so you can enjoy the water activities. Silver Beach County Park is a wonderful place to enjoy the water, play some volleyball, or take a stroll with your dog on the walkways. There is also playground equipment for kids, as well as an old-fashioned restored carousel.

Near Silver beach stands the St. Joseph lighthouse and pier-a great place for an evening stroll. Other great parks to visit include Jean Klock Park, Lion's Park, and Grand Mere State Park.

If hiking is your thing, visit Warren Dunes State Park. This park boasts miles of coastline and even more miles of hiking trails. The best part is the 260-foot dune that you can climb with spectacular views of the lake. Other outdoor activities include stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking on the St. Joseph River.

In the afternoons, check out the city's many attractions like the Curious Kid's Museum and The Box Factory for the Arts.

For adults, there are great wineries and breweries in the area. Among the favorites are White Pine Winery, Baroda Founders Wine Cellar, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, and Buck Burgers and Brew.

At the end of the day enjoy great food and a view at Plank's Tavern on the Water, a rooftop deck experience at RyeBelles Restaurant & Bar, train views and whistles at Silver Beach Pizza, or Arriba! Taqueria for some quick and delicious Mexican.

Mackinac Island Michigan

Photo: Mackinac Island, Kimberley from Two Travelling Toques

By Kimberley from Two Travelling Toques

Definitely my most favourite vacation spot that I've visited in Michigan isMackinac Island. Situated in the northern part of Lake Huron is this tiny, summer resort island that's simply incredible. Part of the charm of the island is your ferry ride over. You get a great view of the Mackinac Bridge in the background as your boat zips through the water. Then once you land, you feel like you've stepped back in time. No cars are allowed on the island, so your choice of transportation is cycling, walking, or taking a horse and buggy.

Because of Mackinac Island's location, you'll want to visit this gem in the summer. Any time from May to October is perfect. The ferry is running, all the quaint shops are open, and the weather is warm enough for any outdoor activities. You don't need to book the ferry ahead of time, but I'd recommend booking any hotels, bnb's, or condo's early since many vacationers visit here each summer.

Once on the island, you should definitely rent a bike. It's an easy couple hour ride around the whole island with gorgeous water views everywhere. You can even take a picnic lunch with you since there are picnic tables and benches along the way.

The island also has a fort at the top of a hill which is very interesting to visit. There are lots of different shops in the main village to browse. Fudge is the specialty here. And who can resist all the tempting flavors.

I've been here twice now celebrating an anniversary. Just rent a place with a hot tub, breakfast included, and a horse and buggy ride through the village, and you've got the perfect romantic getaway!

Northport Michigan

Northport Michigan

By Sherry Trautman of Traveling Michigan

We absolutely love spending time in Northport Michigan. The marina and beach are so pretty and worth the visit! Also take the time to wander the downtown shops.

What is there to see? Boardwalk, coastal town, marina and downtown shopping.

Northport is a great hidden gem that we just recently discovered. We absolutely love walking along the boardwalk and looking at all the bobbing boats in the marina.

Restrooms are located between the beach and the marina.

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The cherry industry that is prevalent in Northport today had just begun in 1853 on Reverend Smith's farm. Farmers began producing cherries so much within those first few years that cherries were being shipped to nearby cities for their markets. The cherry industry in Northport and Leelanau County remains one of the largest in the world.

Northport is becoming famous for being an area where the rich and famous can live quietly and secretly.

According to the Leelanau Visitors Guide: "Chef Mario Batali lives north of town at Cathead point, and comedian and actor Tim Allen routinely spends summers in Northport. Mark Spitznagel, who manages a multi-billion dollar hedge fund, owns a 150 acre ranch in Northport. He summers in Northport Point, a posh community just outside the village."(Batali's and Spitznagel's Northport home and farm, respectively, both were featured in The New York Times.)

Leelanau State Park and Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Leelanau State Park and Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Address: 15310 N. Lighthouse Point Road, Northpoint, MI

Restrooms: Pit Toilets across from the gift shop

Leelanau State Park and Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Definitely take the time to visit Leelanau State Park as you can tour the lighthouse! (but check their website to insure tours are going on). Generally the lighthouse tours are until 5:00 p.m.

The grounds are absolutely breathtaking with wonderful views of Lake Michigan.

Leelanau State Park offers 1519 acres to explore!

Leelanau State Park and Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Take the time to wander the short trails along the water and enjoy the exquisite views from several of the benches. Oh, and skip some rocks just because it’s fun!

Just for a moment, breathe in the natural beauty of the area. At beautiful places like this, I always realize just how lucky we are to enjoy views like this in Michigan!

Leelanau State Park also offers lots of great photo ops too!

Leland Michigan

Leland Michigan

Time Allotment: 1.5 hours + depending on your interests, shopping, lunch!!

Restrooms: Public restrooms are at the top of the hill just as you arrive at the shanties.

Parking: Free, along the streets and there is a lot near the docks.

There are several shops and restaurants along the main road, but the charm begins along the water.

Must Sees:

  • For something completely different, pop into Carlson’s, located at 205 River St, Leland, MI, for smoked Michigan whitefish or Lake Trout. Many people say this is the only place to get it!
  • The Village Cheese Shanty, located at 199 W River St, Leland, MI, is a favorite of visitors! They offer over 60 different types of cheese with sandwiches and lunch offerings.
  • Be sure to pop into the shanties that now house tiny boutiques and shops! Parking is free.

Leland Michigan

The Cove is a super popular Leland restaurant that is right along the water with cool views of the dam. The thatch roof “umbrellas” visible in the photo above is one of the draws of the fun restaurant. Or try the Riverside Inn for river views while dining!

As you stroll along the docks, check out the nets hanging to dry. It really adds such a cool vibe to the fishing village, don’t you think?

More Leland photos, history and information is here!

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How do I choose my next family vacation? ›

Jan 19, 2020

How do I choose my next vacation? ›

How to Choose a Vacation Destination
  1. Decide Who's Going. ...
  2. Pick a Time to Travel. ...
  3. Also read: Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day by Using All Your Vacation Time.
  4. Estimate a Budget. ...
  5. Decide Where to Go. ...
  6. Decide on Accommodations and Activities. ...
  7. Share Your Travel Plans. ...
  8. Book Your Trip and Consider Travel Insurance.

Are there quick trips in Michigan? ›

(WFRV) – Michigan residents will now be able to enjoy all the amenities only found inside a Kwik Trip without having to cross state lines.

How often should a family of 5 go on a vacation? ›

Families should take vacations at least once or twice a year for at least one to two weeks. While it's common for families to visit relatives or a beach, there are also less expensive vacation options available. All families can get a well-earned rest no matter their budget.

How much should a family spend on vacation per year? ›

How much should I budget for a vacation? Many people set aside 5-10% of their net yearly income for leisure travel, but this can vary greatly based on the type of vacations they're planning. Another popular budgeting option is the 50/30/20 rule: 50% of net income is spent on things you need.

How to get the most vacation days in 2023? ›

How to Maximize Your Vacation Days
  1. The Presidents' Day Weekend: Book 1 Day Off for a 4-Day Vacation.
  2. The Easter Escape: Book 4 Days Off for a 9-Day Vacation.
  3. The Memorial Day Getaway: Book 4 Days Off for a 9-Days Vacation.
  4. The Big Summer Trip: Book 9 Days Off for a 16-Day Vacation.

How do I choose a last minute vacation? ›

Tips to get the best last-minute travel deals
  1. Search lots of booking sites.
  2. Check different hotel dates before booking a flight (and vice versa)
  3. Check bundle deals.
  4. Don't forget about vacation rentals.
  5. Know your airline's 24-hour cancellation policy.
  6. Don't assume award redemption rates mirror cash rates.
Oct 17, 2022

What is a mystery trip? ›

A Mystery Tour is one which people take with no clue about destinations or attractions they will be seeing.

What is the number one tourist destination in Michigan? ›

The team at vacation site Family Destinations Guide ranks the Mackinac Bridge ahead of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the U.S., like Central Park and the National Mall.

What month is best to visit Michigan? ›

The best time to visit Michigan is between the months of May and October. Michigan observes its spring and autumn seasons during this time, making it ideal weather to enjoy the host of outdoor activities that Michigan has to offer.

What is the most isolated place in Michigan? ›

The City of Omer, Michigan holds the title of the most isolated town here in Michigan. There are only around 284 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The city of Omer was first settled back in 1866, and then incorporated into Michigan later on in 1903.

What is the perfect vacation? ›

A perfect vacation is the one that includes perfect people, plan and destinations, a plan that gets executed in time i.e. no rescheduling. There are certain things such as place, weather, mood, activities, and etc, that could contribute to a perfect vacation.

What is the perfect vacation length? ›

The eight-day sweet spot

According to the Tampere study, it takes the average person eight days to forget about work and let go of responsibilities and stress. The first day of a vacation almost doesn't count. After a stressful work week, it takes a minute to wind down and acclimate to vacation.

How much money should you take on a 7 day vacation? ›

The general consensus is that you should have $50 to $100 in cash per day for each traveler. However, this amount could vary considerably depending on where you are vacationing. Some destinations are more cash-friendly than others.

What is the 50 30 20 rule? ›

One of the most common types of percentage-based budgets is the 50/30/20 rule. The idea is to divide your income into three categories, spending 50% on needs, 30% on wants, and 20% on savings. Learn more about the 50/30/20 budget rule and if it's right for you.

How to afford expensive vacation? ›

How to afford travel step one – increase your earnings
  1. Earn travel rewards points. ...
  2. Sell what you don't need. ...
  3. Rent your place on Airbnb. ...
  4. Take on a side hustle. ...
  5. Get a second job (even temporarily) ...
  6. Don't have, or delay, having children. ...
  7. Cook more than you eat out. ...
  8. Cut out unnecessary expenses.
May 18, 2023

What is the biggest vacation week of the year? ›

More specifically, the second week of July was the most popular week for summer travel. Just 7% of respondents said they took vacations during May. 11% took vacations during June. And 36% plan to take vacations in August.

How many vacations a year is normal? ›

However, most studies agree that at least two vacations a year can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Two vacations a year might seem like a lot to some and not enough to others, but that's truly the minimum number of vacations we're talking about here.

Where is it riskiest to go on holiday in 2023? ›

Afghanistan has been identified as potentially the most dangerous country in the world to visit in 2023 according to recently published Risk Map 2023. Medical and security specialist International SOS named Syria the second-most dangerous destination to visit this year, followed by Ukraine, Mali and Iraq.

Is it cheaper to book a vacation closer to the date? ›

Timing plays an important part. Specifically, plane tickets usually don't get cheaper closer to the departure date. Instead, flights tend to be the most inexpensive when you book between four months and three weeks before your departure date. According to CheapAir.com, you can expect rates to go up after that period.

Is it cheaper to book a vacation last minute or in advance? ›

Flights obviously become a bit tighter in peak time, but you should be able to get what you want by booking reasonably close to the time — within a week or so — and the prices shouldn't vary too much. Long haul is a little different, and we've always found booking early by a month or more gets the cheapest prices.”

What are the three types of vacation? ›

Here is a guide of different types of vacation you can have;
  • Staycation. Do you feel that you need a break but don't have enough coins to pay for a vacation? ...
  • Sports Vacation. ...
  • Volunteer Vacation. ...
  • Beach Vacation. ...
  • Cruise Vacation. ...
  • Camping vacation. ...
  • Road Trip Vacation. ...
  • Sightseeing Type of Vacation.
May 17, 2021

What is a blind trip? ›

With Blind Booking with hotel and flight, you only have to take care of the way from the airport to your vacation residence yourself upon arrival. If you prefer to organize your own travel, but want to be surprised at the hotel, you can in turn book only a surprise hotel without an associated flight.

How do you plan a surprise trip? ›

9 Steps to Plan A Surprise Trip for your Significant Other
  1. Start planning well in advance.
  2. Find a few helping hands.
  3. Create a new email address.
  4. Use a payment option you don't share with your partner.
  5. Find out your partner's free time.
  6. Plan a budget for your trip.
  7. Pick a destination that you know your partner will love.

How do I plan a surprise visit? ›

Here's how to plan your surprise trip:
  1. Step 1: Clear Your Schedules. ...
  2. Step 2: Decide Where to Go. ...
  3. Step 3: Plan for Fun Activities. ...
  4. Step 4: Scope Out the Best Places To Eat. ...
  5. Step 5: Pack Your Bags. ...
  6. Step 6: Decide How You Will Reveal.
Mar 5, 2015

How long should you date before family vacation? ›

However, no matter how great things are going, you may want to hold off just a little while before buying two seats together for a long weekend getaway. According to a new survey, couples should wait until they've been happily together for seven months before going on vacation.

What age should you start family vacations? ›

Bringing young kids along while traveling is the perfect way to create memories that will last a lifetime. Kids between the ages of 6-9 are the ideal age for family trips. They are old enough to form lasting memories but still young enough to be excited by new experiences.

When should you plan a family vacation? ›

Destination: For international travel, we recommend booking flights farther in advance, ideally around 6 months prior to departure date. For domestic travel, 4 months should be generally enough time to secure and finalize travel. The longer and more important your trip, the earlier you should start planning.

What time of the year is best to take a family vacation? ›

Summer is one of the best times of year to plan a trip since there's beautiful weather and no school, and it's common for people to save up any paid time off and use it for an exciting vacation for a couple of weeks to enjoy the slow summer days.

What is the 222 rule vacation? ›

The 2-2-2 Rule involves going on a date night every two weeks, spending a weekend away every two months and taking a week-long vacation away every two years. The idea behind it is that prioritizing and planning to spend time together strengthens your relationship.

What is the 2-2-2 rule? ›

Relationship expert Dr. Laura Berman discusses the romance advice once again going viral: the 2-2-2 date rule. The guidance says committed couples should go on a date once every two weeks, spend a weekend away every two months and take a week-long vacation every two years.

What is the ideal vacation length? ›

The eight-day sweet spot

According to the Tampere study, it takes the average person eight days to forget about work and let go of responsibilities and stress. The first day of a vacation almost doesn't count. After a stressful work week, it takes a minute to wind down and acclimate to vacation.

What is the hardest age to travel with a child? ›

Experienced traveling families already know this, but in most cases the hardest time to travel with a child is from when they become squirmy and mobile by about 9 months old until they hit the age of reason bargaining/cartooning/snacking at about 18 months.

Are family vacations worth the expense? ›

The question of why you should spend more money on family vacations became quite clear: it benefits the entire family for years to come. Children love to spend time with their parents – both one on one time and family time. Time spent with our children pays off tenfold, and more studies prove it every day.

What is the difference between a trip and a vacation? ›

The Difference Between a Trip and Vacation

The difference is your expectation. Trips are something that you do and it often has a purpose. On the other hand, vacations are about the experience.

How far in advance should I book a vacation for the best price? ›

Travelers typically get the best value when they plan more than three months in advance or less than one to two weeks in advance.

Is it better to book a vacation early or late? ›

Waiting until the last minute can mean having to pick from what's left over rather than from what you actually had in mind. Booking early gives you much more freedom of choice and the opportunity to book the vacation you really want instead of the only one you can get.

What month is the cheapest to go on vacation? ›

Fall and winter travel are your best bets for airfare savings. But of the summer months, August is the cheapest time to go on vacation. To get the best deals, you'll want to buy tickets around four weeks in advance, as ticket prices — regardless of the date or destination — skyrocket close to departure day.

How much does the average family vacation cost? ›

Average International Vacation Cost

Plan to budget approximately $2,500 for one person, $3,700 for a couple, and $6,000 for a family of four for an international vacation. Of course, this will vary greatly depending on the destination and your hotel choices.


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