Make your family vacation a michigan classic. Whether you cherry-pick in Traverse City or bike through Mackinac Island, Michigan’s most breath-taking destinations are only a drive away and you don’t want to miss out.

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Traverse City

Climb the sand dunes, take a scenic hike, enjoy cherry treats, taste test your way through the wineries…and of course, don’t forget the crystal clear waters and beaches that the whole family is sure to enjoy – there’s so much to do in Traverse City! Stay up late and enjoy a movie under the stars at Cherry Bowl Drive-In.

Mackinac Island

Start your trip off right by taking the “Mighty Mac” ferry for a scenic detour under the Mighty Mackinac Bridge at no extra charge! While on the island, you’ll want to take a horse-led carriage tour where you can see all the sites, tour Fort Mackinac to learn the fascinating history of the military outpost, and taste test the famous fudge on Main Street. Don’t forget to grab a bike rental to take in the beautiful waterfront views of Lake Huron!

The ‘UP’

Wear shorts (or swim gear) and bring towels because Lower Tahquamenon Falls isn’t just to look at. The breath-taking waterfalls are beautiful to see and more fun to play in.

We will always find a playground -and the Chutes and Ladders Playground on the Houghton Riverfront is perfection. The board-game inspired structure has so many places to climb and slide, it kept the kids busy for hours.

The perfect #PureMichigan experience, Manistique is a must. The picturesque lighthouse is perfect for a family photo-op and located along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. Be sure to go to Palms Book State Park – Home to Kitch-iti-kipi or “The Big Spring”, visitors can hop on an observation raft and get a unique ride over the crystal clear water that is so clean, you can see to the bottom with your naked eye.

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