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Top Sites to See in Michigan

As any longtime Michigan resident will tell you, Michigan is a place where you don’t have to go far to see a lot. If you’re relocating to our great state, or if you’ve just moved here, you’re probably looking for a way to save some money now that your move is finally over. Once you’ve unpacked your boxes, you’ll need to relax and unwind.

Here are some of our favorite places to see and ways to have fun without having to go very far from your new home.

  1. Manistee – With a population of just over 6,000, this quintessential small town is home to the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, the Manistee Riverwalk, and Orchard Beach State Park, to name just a few. Need a place to stay in Manistee? TripAdvisor has a list of accommodations to fit any budget and lifestyle.
  2. Charlevoix – Want something even more picturesque? Charlevoix, with a population of only 2,500, is home to such attractions as Fisherman’s Island State Park, Charlevoix South Pier Light Station, and, believe it or not, the World’s Largest Cherry Pie. The unspoiled beaches of Charlevoix will captivate the heart, and while you’re visiting, be sure to check out the North Point Nature Preserve, only a stone’s throw away.
  3. The Upper Peninsula’s Mount Bohemia Adventure Resort is sure to be on the top of the list for outdoor enthusiasts. With biking, kayaking, and honest-to-goodness log cabins, a weekend (or a week) spent enjoying its forests, water, and blue skies are sure to help you rest and rejuvenate.
  4. Fancy a cruise? There’s nothing like a Great Lakes cruise to help you unwind after you unpack. Three cruise companies, Blount Small Ship Adventures, Pearl Sea Cruises, and Victory Cruise Lines offer day and weekend expeditions that will help you explore the place you now call home.
  5. Another Upper Peninsula favorite is Manistique. From Kayaking to Kitch-iti-kipi (The Big Spring), Manistique has it all. For a night out, be sure to check out the Kewadin Casino located nearby, where you might get lucky.
  6. Michigan’s beach towns, located along a 200-mile stretch of sandy Lake Michigan wilderness, are a great way to spend a few days without breaking the bank. Be sure to check out Holland, with its pet-friendly approach to life and world-class microbrews.
  7. Cheboygan is another Michigan favorite. Boasting three rivers and three lakes, boat lovers will enjoy their time exploring miles of unspoiled waterways. Cheboygan’s deep-water harbor and inland waterway are another dream-come-true for boating enthusiasts. Hikers, trail runners, and bikers will appreciate Cheboygan’s North Central State Trail and its North Eastern State Trail.
  8. Saugatuck is a destination that art lovers will come to call home. When the Art Institute of Chicago founded its Ox-Bow School in Saugatuck, it paved the way for dozens of art galleries, films, and cultural events to find a home there as well.  

Your move may have been stressful, but Michigan’s plethora of options to relax and unwind have put you in the center of one of America’s undiscovered gems. So, take a day, a weekend, or even a week and enjoy some of what Michigan has to offer. You’ll be glad you did!

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