9 Michigan Natural Wonders You Need To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List

If you’re a lifelong Michigander, you likely have fond memories of exploring the great outdoors. After all, our state is home to some of the most marvelous natural attractions in the country, from the shorelines of our Great Lakes to plenty of lush forests and everything in between. While you might have checked out a good number of Michigan’s top natural attractions, there’s always more to see, you know. Here are nine incredible natural gems that belong on your Michigan bucket list ASAP:

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Address: Thompson, MI 49854, USA
Address: 6131 Arch Rock Rd, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, USA
Address: Porcupine Mountains, Carp Lake Township, MI 49953, USA
Address: W State Park Rd, Golden Township, MI 49436, USA
Address: Bond Falls, Haight Township, MI 49912, USA
Address: 8391 Sand Point Rd, Munising, MI 49862, USA
Address: Isle Royale, Michigan, USA
Address: Sleeping Bear Dunes, Glen Arbor Township, MI 49636, USA
Address: St Clair River
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Michigan Bucket List

May 02, 2021

Where are some natural wonders in Michigan?

Believe it or not, there’s more to Michigan than fields, grain silos, and corn. We’ve got our own assortment of intriguing natural wonders just begging to be explored! For example, we’re home to places like Tahquamenon Falls, over which 50,000 gallons of water cascade every second, and Kitch-iti-Kipi, which is our largest natural spring (10,000 gallons bubble up from the bottoms every second or so). Sleeping Bear Dunes are so impressive that they can be seen and identified from space, and honestly, any of the beautiful beaches around Lake Michigan are perfect for a nature lover to admire. Of course, most obviously, there is also the incredible Great Lakes, where Michigan really shines. 

What are the most beautiful places in Michigan?

Well, does “all of it” count as an answer? No? Okay, fine. Luckily for us, Michigan is full of gorgeous places that’ll take your breath away. If you’ve never seen the Pictured Rocks cliffs, you’re missing out; they’re stunningly beautiful sandstone cliffs jutting up out of Lake Superior, and they’ve got to be seen to be believed. We also have some unusual places of interest, like Turnip Rock, which is a strange geologic feature known as a stack that sits right on the tip-top of the “thumb” of our mitten. Sunrise and sunset over the Great Lakes are breathtaking, too. 

What kind of Michigan adventures can I get into? 

Any and all! We’ve got everything you can think of; hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, fishing, hunting, swimming, and more – no matter what you’d like to go out and do, you can probably find it in beautiful Michigan. Our state is also just big enough for some fun and interesting road trips if you’d ever like to kill an afternoon that way, and our long, intriguing history in the auto industry makes for some really cool tours for those who are so inclined. Want to try your hand (or gas pedal) on a road trip? Check out this list for some inspiration. 

Address: Thompson, MI 49854, USA
Address: 6131 Arch Rock Rd, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, USA
Address: Porcupine Mountains, Carp Lake Township, MI 49953, USA
Address: W State Park Rd, Golden Township, MI 49436, USA
Address: Bond Falls, Haight Township, MI 49912, USA
Address: 8391 Sand Point Rd, Munising, MI 49862, USA
Address: Isle Royale, Michigan, USA
Address: Sleeping Bear Dunes, Glen Arbor Township, MI 49636, USA
Address: St Clair River