Michigan March 10, 2018
Here Are The 9 Most Colorful Places To Visit In Michigan This Spring
There’s nothing quite like springtime in the Great Lakes State. Michigan is beautiful throughout the year, but its vibrancy truly emerges when warmer weather rolls around and flowers begin to bloom. When you’re ready to experience the colorful splendor of Michigan, look no further than these fantastic springtime attractions.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Munising)
There’s something absolutely stunning about exploring the brilliant cliffs of Pictured Rocks as they meet the blue waters of Lake Superior. Each cliffside appears to be painted (hence the lakeshore’s name) with splashes of red, brown, and even hints of yellow. Add in the green gorgeousness of surrounding forestland and you’ll be absolutely mesmerized.
2. Downtown Holland at Tulip Time
Holland’s annual Tulip Time Festival might just be the most colorful event in the entire state. Each May, thousands of tulips bloom throughout the city, creating a brilliant experience for visitors young and old. As if that weren’t enough, Tulip Time also features vibrant parades, a fireworks display, carnival rides, and more. This year’s festival will take place from May 5th through the 13th.
3. Fernwood Botanical Gardens (13988 Range Line Road, Niles)
This lush botanical garden comes to life each spring with greenery, countless flowers, and a peaceful atmosphere that will calm even the most stressed-out Michigander. Whether you’re checking out the Japanese garden, strolling through massive natural art exhibits, or admiring the pastel hues of the fern garden, you’re sure to be absolutely delighted.
4. Kitch-iti-Kipi (Manistique)
When you arrive at Kitch-iti-Kipi, you’ll immediately be taken aback by the beauty of its brilliant turquoise water. This natural spring is tucked away among lush forests and can be accessed via a short trek from the parking lot. As you marvel at its hue, you’ll find yourself falling in love with this stunning spring.
5. Frederik Meijer Gardens (1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids)
This Grand Rapids destination is overflowing with sights throughout the year, but its true magic emerges each spring when hundreds of tropical butterflies make their home in the gardens’ on-site greenhouse. Through April 30th, visitors can stroll through the butterfly gardens and enjoy a whimsical experience at this one-of-a-kind sculpture and flora center.
6. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Paradise)
If you’re hoping to marvel at impossibly blue waters, look no further than Sleeping Bear Dunes. You won’t believe your eyes as you survey the expanses of Lake Michigan from atop the dunes themselves, which offer some of the most unforgettable views in the state. The shoreline seems to continue forever, and the waves of our Big Lake will make you wonder if you’ve landed in a tropical paradise.
7. Chartreuse (15 E Kirby St D, Detroit)
Who says colorful destinations can’t be found indoors? This delightful eatery in the Motor City is an homage to all things green, and you’ll feel bright and springy no matter when you visit. Each wall and bit of decor here is overflowing with charm, and its mouthwatering menu is just the icing on the cake.
8. Porcupine Mountains (Ontonagon)
Venture northward to Michigan’s very own mountain range, which offers fantastic opportunities for springtime hiking and camping. Stroll through blossoming forested areas and catch breathtaking views of Lake of the Clouds from atop lookouts in the region. No matter how many times you’ve explored this locale, you’re sure to be absolutely amazed by its beauty.
9. Nichols Arboretum (1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor)
Wildflowers, green grass, and a flowing river: can you imagine a more peaceful scene? This Ann Arbor fixture is the place to be when you’re ready to embrace the fresh air and freedom that accompany springtime in Michigan. Bring along your camera as you peruse the trails at "the Arb:" there’s no telling what sorts of flora and fauna you’ll encounter!
Tell us, fellow Michiganders: are there any other colorful locales in the Great Lakes State that are worth exploring this spring? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below!