Michigan is a land of natural wonder, manmade beauty, and historic sites. But there are a handful of spots in the state that simply exist on another level of splendor – places that really must be seen to be believed. Here are some Michigan attractions that have certainly earned the right to be called “marvels.”
1. Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sleeping Bear Dunes absolutely must be seen to be believed. When you reach the top of each steep bluff, you’ll feel like you’ve landed on another planet — one where the sparkling water reaches on for eternity.
2. Michigan State Capitol Building (Lansing)
No trip to Michigan’s state capital would be complete without a stop at the majestic state capitol building, which boasts a long history, an intricate cast iron dome, and breathtaking interior design.
3. Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale National Park gives Michiganders the chance to relax, take in amazing natural beauty, and explore the land around them in all sorts of fun and adventurous ways. The rocky ridges, clear waters, and towering treescapes are a sight to behold.
4. Detroit Institute of Arts
If you’re looking to marvel at fantastic art from all eras, the DIA is the place to be. Upholding its reputation as one of the United States’ most extensive and impressive art collections, this museum will captivate you for hours as you peruse its 65,000+ works.
5. Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor
Sometimes the most marvelous attractions come in small packages. On your next visit to Ann Arbor, keep your eyes peeled for the “fairy doors” that are placed throughout the city. These tiny doors have been appearing around town and inspiring mythical excitement since 2005.
6. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
With its crystal blue waters, towering rock formations, and gorgeous waterfalls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a true Michigan treasure. This breathtaking area will keep you oohing and ahhing around every turn.
7. Frozen Lakes
Michigan’s beaches are the place to be in the dead heat of summer, but they’re equally breathtaking during wintertime. Michiganders have the unique opportunity to visit and explore the otherworldly landscapes offered by the frozen Great Lakes each winter.
8. Tahquamenon Falls
No other spot in Michigan is quite as enchanting as Tahquamenon Falls. An afternoon hike through the forest and a stop at either the Upper or Lower Falls will inspire and charm visitors of all ages.
9. The Big House
The first time you set foot in Michigan Stadium (affectionately known as The Big House), you might need to stop and catch your breath. Whether or not you’re a Michigan football fan, there’s no denying the overhwelming experience of entering a stadium that holds upwards of 110,000 people at once.
10. Mackinac Bridge
Not only is the Mackinac Bridge the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere - it’s also a magnificent sight to be seen. It stretches across the Straits of Mackinac and easily maintains its nickname as the “Mighty Mac.”
11. Tulip Fields of Holland
If you find yourself visiting West Michigan in springtime, prepare to be blown away by the lovely tulip fields of Holland. Colorful flowers seem to stretch on in every direction at Veldheer Tulip Gardens, which contributes heavily to the city’s annual count of six million tulips.
12. The Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island)
This historic manmade marvel has been exciting visitors to Mackinac Island since 1887. One look at its stately exterior will have you feeling as though you’ve been transported to a different time.
Is there a “Michigan marvel” that takes your breath away, no matter how many times you visit it?