Michigan November 26, 2016
10 Majestic Spots In Michigan That Will Make You Feel Like You’re At The North Pole
It’s no secret that our beloved Great Lakes State is beautiful all year long. But there’s a special sort of magic that comes about each winter when snow and ice coat some of Michigan’s top landmarks and natural sites. With a visit to these ten spots in the Mitten State, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported directly to the North Pole.
1. Sleeping Bear Dunes
No matter what the season, Sleeping Bear is a top destination for Michiganders and tourists alike. In the wintertime, make a stop to marvel at the frozen dunes and observe the crystallized lake before you.
Have you ever wanted to step directly into Santa’s workshop? Frankenmuth is the closest you’ll come without leaving the state. The town’s Bavarian charm is enhanced by sparkling snow and cheery shoppers, and a trip to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland will keep you occupied for hours.
3. Tahquamenon Falls State Park
There’s something absolutely breathtaking about a frozen waterfall, and Tahquamenon is a true Michigan classic. Visiting the falls in the winter will fill you with a sense of childlike glee and giddiness — and you’ll never want to leave.
4. The Straits of Mackinac
Stare in awe at the otherworldly ice formations that overtake the straits every winter in the shadow of our Mighty Mac. Photos will never do justice to the stunning sights of Northern Michigan in the cold months.
5. Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City
Step into this fun-filled destination in Traverse City for a holiday getaway that’s filled with hospitality only Santa and Mrs. Claus could provide. The lodge is decorated for the holidays, giving it a warm feel that’s straight out of a building in the North Pole.
6. Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls
Whether you’re skiing or simply taking in the scenery, this is one winter destination in Michigan that can’t be missed. There’s no better place to become one with the snow and ice — just make sure to bundle up!
7. Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron
Chunks of ice and snow float calmly under the Blue Water Bridge each winter, and it’s hard to look away. You might just wonder if you’ve somehow made the trek to a freezing body of water in the North Pole.
8. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks is a true winter wonderland, featuring all sorts of natural attractions — from frozen waterfalls to icy tundras that seem to stretch on forever. You’ll have to pinch yourself to make sure that this unique beauty is real.
9. Presque Isle, Marquette
Marquette’s crown jewel is Presque Isle, and its mesmerizing effect draws in visitors throughout the year. In wintertime, the park is blanketed in snow and ice, giving everything in sight a truly magical feel.
10. Holland State Park
When the temperatures dip below zero, the waves of Lake Michigan seem to come crashing to an icy halt. At Holland State Park, you can even (carefully!) venture out onto the frozen lake and explore the bumpy yet beautiful terrain.
Is there another favorite spot in Michigan that makes you feel as if you’re setting foot in the North Pole? Share your stories and photos in the comments below.