There’s no end to the sights and sounds that visitors and longtime residents alike can experience throughout the Great Lakes State. While we’re overflowing with beaches, hiking trails, and plenty of museums, there are a few attractions here in Michigan that simply can’t be found anywhere else. Here are 10 of the most unique places to visit in our beloved state.
1. Tunnel of Trees (M-119)
Take a leisurely drive through a foliage wonderland when you embark on a journey along the Tunnel of Trees, which takes drivers from Harbor Springs to Cross Village. Along the way, you’ll encounter beautiful bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, stunning winding roads, and forested wonder that’s sure to delight.
2. Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn)
Located within the Henry Ford Museum, this fascinating village takes visitors on a journey back in time. When you set foot in Greenfield Village, you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with re-enactors, ride in a real Model T, visit a blacksmith shop, and so much more. You’ll wonder if you’ve stepped into a time machine.
3. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Munising)
Few spots in the country are quite so uniquely beautiful as Pictured Rocks. Hop aboard a tour boat to catch fantastic views of the cliffs as they jut out into the marvelous waters of Lake Superior. You’ll also find countless waterfalls, plenty of hiking opportunities, and a peaceful atmosphere that can't be matched.
4. Belle Isle (Detroit)
This island park in Detroit is well worth visiting, no matter what your age. Whether you opt for a trip to the Belle Isle Aquarium (which is completely free to explore), take a stroll around the grounds, or snap a few photos of the Motor City skyline, your trip to Belle Isle is one you won’t soon forget.
5. Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is one of Michigan’s most famous destinations for a reason. With no cars to be found throughout the island, an abundance of bicycles and horse-drawn carriages, plenty of tasty fudge, and natural wonders galore, there’s truly something here for everything. If you’re ready to splurge, book a night at the magnificent Grand Hotel, which overlooks the Straits of Mackinac.
6. The Soo Locks (Sault Ste. Marie)
If you’ve never visited the Soo Locks, you’re in for a real treat. Venture northward to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan’s oldest town, and take a walk along these powerful locks. The locks themselves are responsible for allowing water traffic to move between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes, so you might even catch a freighter or two during your tour.
7. Dinosaur Gardens (11160 US-23, Ossineke)
Ever wondered what it might be like to live among dinosaurs? Well, a visit to Dinosaur Gardens will give you a small taste of what it would have felt like had humans and dinosaurs coexisted. Check out dozens of massive dinosaur sculptures and structures, dine in the on-site cafe, and bask in the wonderful weirdness of the park itself. This is one trip you’ll never forget.
8. Kitch-iti-Kipi (Manistique)
Tucked away near the town of Manistique, this one-of-a-kind attraction is Michigan’s outdoor splendor at its finest. This natural spring boasts impossibly beautiful turquoise waters, forested surroundings, and an overall atmosphere of awe. You’ll absolutely be back to see Kitch-iti-Kipi again.
9. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Empire)
When it comes to waterfront views, Michigan offers some of the best in the country — and Sleeping Bear Dunes is no exception. Whether you’re journeying along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive or gazing in wonder at the seemingly endless blue waters of Lake Michigan, you’ll fall in love with Sleeping Bear as soon as you arrive. The Great Lakes State sure is gorgeous.
10. Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum (31005 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills)
No matter your age, you’re sure to have a blast at Marvin’s. This arcade and museum is overflowing with everything from vintage pinball machines to silly neon signs, and you could spend hours just perusing the many sights and sounds that abound within. Whether you’re nine or ninety, we guarantee you’ll enjoy your journey to this fun-filled locale.
Did we leave any of your favorite one-of-a-kind Michigan attractions off our list? We’re always eager to hear from you, so leave your suggestions and thoughts in the comment section below!