Whether you’ve traveled across the world or just down the road, nothing beats the feeling of coming home. Here in the Great Lakes State, we’ve got healthy (if not above average) levels of state pride – so we’re especially delighted when we find ourselves back on familiar ground. One incredible sight that marks the return home is a “Welcome To Pure Michigan” sign and accompanying Welcome Center that most of us have checked out at least once. If you love living in Michigan, this spot undoubtedly fills you with a dose of comfort.

My love affair for Michigan continues in this YouTube video by touropia listing the 10 best places to visit in our state. 

Have you snapped a photo of the “Welcome to Pure Michigan” sign, honked your horn while passing under, or stopped at the New Buffalo Welcome Center during previous travels? What were your impressions? We’d love to hear from you, so drop us a line in the Facebook comments or recommend another unique roadside stop in the Great Lakes by completing our official nomination form.

Once you’ve passed the welcome sign, you’ve got loads to discover. Here are three family-friendly nature centers in Michigan that you’ll want to explore during your next outing.

Are you searching for a staycation in Michigan? If so, here are some incredible rustic cabins that are perfect for a quick getaway.

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What are some of the best things to do in Michigan?

There is no shortage of attractions in the Great Lake State. So, if you’re searching for the best things to do in Michigan, you’re in for a treat. Here are a few of the best attractions in Michigan that we recommend: 

To learn more about these attractions, be sure to check out our previous article highlighting 11 of the
best things to do in Michigan

What are some of the best state parks in Michigan?

If you’re searching for outdoor adventure, then the state parks in Michigan are the perfect places to explore. Here are 10 of the best state parks in Michigan for fun in the great outdoors:

  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Paradise
  • Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling
  • Ludington State Park, Ludington
  • Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer
  • Seven Lakes State Park, Holly
  • Port Crescent State Park, Port Austin
  • Maybury State Park, Northville
  • Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Holland
  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon
  • Palms Book State Park, Manistique

Discover more by reading our previous article about the
best state parks in Michigan.

What are the best beaches in Michigan?

We have so many great beaches in Michigan and it would be difficult to choose the best ones. But, here are some of the beaches that you should add to your list:

  • Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven
  • Van’s Beach, Leland
  • Harrisville State Park, Harrisville
  • Grand Haven City Beach, Grand Haven
  • South/North Beach, South Haven
  • Oscoda Beach Park, Oscoda
  • Warren Dunes State Park, Bridgman
  • Michigan Beach Park, Charlevoix

Be sure to read our previous article highlighting some of the
best beaches in Michigan.