Michigan August 09, 2017
10 Incredible Places In Michigan That Never Ever Change
The Great Lakes State is constantly shifting and changing. With the growth and modernization of our cities, the ever-expanding tourism industry, and all sorts of new attractions popping up across the region, Michigan is always evolving. But there are some spots throughout our beloved state that have stood the test of time. No matter how many times you visit, these places never lose their charm.
1. Mackinac Island
One of the major draws of Mackinac Island is its timeless sense of calm, and there’s no better place in Michigan to step back in time and appreciate the simple pleasures of life. This car-free paradise has welcomed visitors since the late 19th century, and we hope it will always retain its delightful atmosphere.
2. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Whether you’re eight or 80, there’s something amazing about staring out at Lake Michigan from atop a lookout at Sleeping Bear Dunes. For generations, families have traversed across the state to this gorgeous area in Empire, which boasts some of the most steadily impressive views in the nation.
3. Belle Isle Aquarium
Did you know that Michigan is home to the country’s oldest continually operating aquarium? That’s right: Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit has welcomed kiddos and adults alike since 1904. While it has been slightly modernized throughout the years, the aquarium maintains its unique design, fascinating collection of marine creatures, and free admission. What’s not to love?
4. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Every Michigander should experience the beauty of Pictured Rocks at least once during their lifetime — luckily, this marvelous natural attraction in the Upper Peninsula never seems to lose its appeal. Whether you’re looking back at photos from 1950 or 2015, there’s a magical air about the towering formations at Pictured Rocks.
5. Michigan State Capitol Building
Most Michiganders remember touring the State Capitol Building during childhood. The building itself opened in 1871 and it retains a fascinating sense of history to this day. While the political climate has certainly shifted throughout the years, the beauty of this Lansing gem has always managed to inspire excitement in visitors of all ages.
6. Tahquamenon Falls
Nothing compares to the stunning sight of Tahquamenon Falls as they rush past scores of enamored visitors. No matter how many years separate your trips to the falls, there’s nothing quite so mesmerizing as the scenery surrounding both Upper and Lower Falls — this is one Michigan destination that’s remained a fixture for generations.
7. "Up North"
The phrase "Up North" means something slightly different to each Michigander, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: our memories of going Up North are undeniably timeless. When you set foot in the same cottage that your family’s been frequenting for decades or dip your toes into the waters of your favorite inland lake, there’s a sense of beautiful nostalgia that simply can’t be ignored.
8. Holland State Park
For visitors to Michigan’s West Coast, a trip to Holland State Park to marvel at Big Red Lighthouse is a time-worn tradition. Since the late 19th century, visitors have flocked to the Holland Channel to appreciate the ambiance of Lake Michigan’s lovely shoreline. Few spots along the coast are quite so charming.
9. The Soo Locks
Venture northward to Sault Ste. Marie and experience one of the most fascinating manmade marvels here in the Great Lakes State. These legendary locks have played a major role in Michigan’s maritime history for over 150 years, and they provide a fantastic attraction for visitors of all ages.
10. The Great Lakes
Our Great Lakes are our ultimate pride and joy, and their timeless beauty is absolutely one-of-a-kind. You could spend a lifetime exploring Michigan’s shorelines and never truly get your fill of these freshwater wonderlands. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived here: the Great Lakes will steal your heart over and over again.
It’s your turn, Michiganders: which timeless attractions did we leave off our list? Are there spots in the Great Lakes State that draw you in time and time again? Share your thoughts in the comment section!