Michigan Bucket List ~ Southwest Region

Final region of Michigan today….then it’s onward to Indiana! Here we go!

Bellevue

  • Dyer Kiln Historical Site: Check out these historic limestone kiln ruins.

Saint Joseph

  • St. Joseph North Pier Outer Lighthouse: Set of range lights on the north pier.

Saugatuck

  • Saugatuck Dunes State Park: Dune area along Lake Michigan.

Sawyer

  • Warren Dunes State Park: Explore large sand dunes and the shoreline of Lake Michigan in this park.
  • Warren Woods State Park: Wooded recreation area filled with trails.

South Haven

  • Kal-Haven Trail State Park: This trail runs through 33 miles of old railway.
  • South Haven Lighthouse: Adorable red lighthouse at the end of the pier.
  • Van Buren State Park: Park on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Stevensville

  • Grand Mere State Park: Great beach area along Lake Michigan.

Wayland

  • Bysterveld Park: Beautiful park that contains 2 miles of nature trails.

All attractions found on http://www.michigan.org

Michigan Bucket List ~ Southeast Region

Moving into our second to last region of Michigan today and hitting up the Detroit area!

Ann Arbor

  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens: Gorgeous gardens owned by the University of Michigan.

Dearborn

  • Arab American National Museum: First museum in the world dedicated to Arab history and culture.
  • Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane: Estate of Ford Motor founder.
  • The Henry Ford Museum: Visit this museum of innovation.

Detroit

  • Detroit River Light: Light located on the south pier.
  • Ford Field: Home of the Detroit Lions.
  • GM Renaissance Center: Set of 7 skyscrapers that form the Detroit skyline and are home to GM headquarters.
  • Historic Fort Wayne: Old fort located along the Detroit River.
  • The Parade Company: Take a tour of the floats used in Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • William Livingstone Memorial Light: This lighthouse was built on the east end of an island near Detroit.

Grosse Ile

  • Grosse Ile North Channel Front Range Lighthouse: Two lights work together to protect this channel.

Lansing

  • Malcolm X Homesite Marker: First memorial marker for a public figure in Lansing.
  • Michigan History Center: Learn all about the history of the state.
  • State Capitol Building: Tour the state’s capitol building.

Monroe

  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park: Only National Battlefield to mark a site from the War of 1812.

Royal Oak

  • Detroit Zoo: Explore all the fun species of animals that call this zoo home.

All attractions found on http://www.michigan.org

Michigan Bucket List ~ East Central Region

Moving over to the Lake Huron side of Michigan today.

Au Gres

  • Gravelly Shoal Lighthouse: Lighthouse built to help mariners navigate Saginaw Bay.

Bay City

  • Saginaw River Lighthouse: Range lighthouse system built in the 1840’s.

Caseville

  • Albert E. Sleeper State Park: Protects a stretch of beach along Lake Huron.

Cass City

  • Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park: Contains the largest collection of Native American petroglyphs in Michigan.

Croswell

  • Croswell Swinging Bridge: Longest suspension footbridge in the state.

Flint

  • Stepping Stone Falls and Picnic Area: Where the Flint River becomes a lake, this area offers lots of hiking trails.

Harbor Beach

  • Harbor Beach Light: Cute lighthouse located on Michigan’s thumb.

Mount Pleasant

  • Meridian Park: Picturesque park along a river.

Port Austin

  • Port Austin Reef Light: Lighthouse off the shore of Lake Huron at the tip of Michigan’s thumb.

Port Hope

  • Point Aux Barques Lighthouse and Museum: One of the ten oldest lighthouses in Michigan.
  • Stafford Park Historical Chimney: Old saw mill chimney.

All attractions found on http://www.michigan.org

Michigan Bucket List ~ West Central Region

Moving further south in the Mitten, today we check out the West Central Region.

Grand Haven

  • Grand Haven South Pier and Lighthouses: Take a walk along this pier and explore two lighthouses.
  • Grand Haven State Park: This park is located on the south side of the harbor and is filled with sandy beach land.

Grand Rapids

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park: Huge botanical garden, art museum, and outdoor sculpture park.

Holton

  • Blue Lake County Park: Fun place to swim and camp along the lake.

Ludington

  • Big Sable Point Lighthouse: Black and white striped lighthouse on the edge of Lake Michigan.
  • Ludington North Breakwater Light: Steel plated lighthouse on the pier.
  • Ludington State Park: Beach area along Lake Michigan.
  • Waterfront Park and Sculpture Garden: Park along the harbor filled with sculptures.

Mears

  • Little Sable Lighthouse: Classic lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • Silver Lake State Park: Park that features dunes along Lake Michigan and a smaller lake that gives the park its name.

Montague

  • World’s Largest Weathervane: Built by factory workers, this is the largest functioning weathervane.

Muskegon

  • Lakeshore Museum Center: Hands on exhibits about local history and science.
  • Muskegon South Pierhead Light: Iconic red lighthouse that marks the harbor channel.
  • P. J. Hoffmaster State Park: Features 3 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
  • Pere Marquette Park: Swim in Lake Michigan in this certified “clean beach” area.

Newaygo

  • Newaygo State Park: This park overlooks a pond formed from a flooding of the river.

North Muskegon

  • Muskegon State Park: Explore the shorelines of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake.

Paris

  • Eiffel Tower: Visit this replica in the town that shares the famous name.

Whitehall

  • Duck Lake State Park: This park features a towering sand dune.
  • White River Light Station Museum: Sits on a thin peninsula separating White Lake from Lake Michigan.

All attractions found on http://www.michigan.org

Michigan Bucket List ~ Northwest Region

Today we move into the other upper corner of the Mitten. Exploring the northwest corner today!

Bellaire

  • Grass River Natural Area: Beautiful area to hike among trails and boardwalk areas.

Clarlevoix

  • Fisherman’s Island State Park: State Park located along 6 miles of Lake Michigan.

East Jordan

  • Raven Ridge Nature Preserve: Explore cliffs and caves at this nature area.

Empire

  • Robert H. Manning Memorial Light: Lighthouse surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Explore the dunes for which this area is named.

Frankfort

  • Port Betsie Lighthouse: Picturesque lighthouse along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Harbor Springs

  • Stutsmanville Bog Nature Preserve: Hike through the trails along the bog.
  • Thorne Swift Nature Preserve: Hike through this wooded area near the lake.

Interlochen

  • Interlochen State Park: Michigan’s first state park that is nestled between two lakes.

Manitou Islands

  • South Manitou Island Light: Visible from the mainland, this is a well known landmark.

Northport

  • Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum: Lighthouse that marks the Manitou Passage.
  • Leelanau State Park: Park encompasses the entire tip of the Leelanau Peninsula.

Petoskey

  • McCune Nature Preserve: Hike along this river area.
  • Petoskey State Park: Located on Little Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan.

Traverse City

  • Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park: Popular urban park and campground area.
  • Mission Point Lighthouse: Lighthouse located at the end of Old Mission Point.

All attractions found on http://www.michigan.org

Michigan Bucket List ~ Northeast Region

Today we move into the “mitten” of Michigan and hit the Northeast corner!

Afton

  • Agnes S Andreae/Banwell Nature Preserves: Hike some fun trails in both locations!

Alpena

  • Alpena Light: Small lighthouse on the shore of Lake Huron.
  • Treaty of Saginaw Marker of 1819: Marks the final treaty between the Native Americans and the state of Michigan.

Atlanta

  • Clear Lake State Park: Park along spring fed Clear Lake.

Harrisville

  • Negwegon State Park: Park located along the shores of Lake Huron.
  • Sturgeon Point Lighthouse: Lighthouse along Lake Huron.
  • Sturgeon Point State Park: Undeveloped park along the rocky shore of Lake Huron.

Onaway

  • Onaway State Park: Located on the shore of Black Lake.

Ossineke

  • Dinosaur Gardens: Explore prehistoric life with a dozen home made sculptures.

Presque Isle

  • New Presque Isle Lighthouse Park and Museum: Tall new lighthouse that sits on a peninsula that juts into Lake Huron.
  • Old Presque Isle Lighthouse: First lighthouse that was built in the area.

Rogers City

  • Forty Mile Point Lighthouse: Lighthouse that marks no specific harbor or mouth.
  • Thompson’s Harbor State Park: Hike along this wooded area and shoreline of Lake Huron.

All attractions found on http://www.michigan.org

Michigan Bucket List ~ Eastern UP Region

Today we tackle the final region of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula before heading into the “Mitten” later this week.

Beaver Lake

  • Whiskey Point Light: Small light tower in the harbor.

Bois Blanc Island

  • Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse: Historical lighthouse located on this island in Lake Huron.

Brimley

  • Point Iroquois Lighthouse: Lighthouse named for the Iroquois warriors that were massacred in the area.

Carp Lake

  • Wilderness State Park: Wilderness area along Lake Michigan.

Cedarville

  • Martin Reef Lighthouse: Old lighthouse out in the middle of Lake Huron.

DeTour Village

  • DeTour Reef Light: Restored offshore lighthouse.

Mackinaw City

  • Alexander Henry Park: This park is located just at the tip of the “Mitten.”
  • Colonial Michilimackinac: Explore this reconstructed fort and trading post.
  • Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum: Explore this vessel specifically designed for ice breaking in the Great Lakes.
  • McGulpin Point Lighthouse: Overlooks the Straits of Mackinac.
  • Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse: Part of Colonial Michilimackinac.

Mackinac Island

  • Fort Mackinac: 18th century fort that served as a trading post.
  • Mackinac Island State Park: Michigan’s First State Park.
  • Mackinac State Historic Parks: Take in various historic sites around the island.
  • Round Island Lighthouse: Located along the Straits of Mackinac that connect Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.

Paradise

  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park: Two different waterfalls located along the Tahquamenon River.

Saint Igance

  • Bridge View Park: Overlook two Great Lakes and the Mighty Mackinac Bridge.
  • Father Marquette National Memorial: Pays tribute to the life and work of Father Jacque Marquette.
  • St. Helena Island Lighthouse: Located near the Mackinac Bridge.
  • Straits State Park: Located on the Northern shore on the Straits of Mackinac.
  • Wawatam Lighthouse: Modern lighthouse that guards the harbor.

All attractions found on http://www.michigan.org

Michigan Bucket List ~ Central UP Region

So many fun things to do in the Central portion of the Upper Peninsula!

Beaver Island

  • Beaver Head Lighthouse: Located high on the bluff of Beaver Island.
  • Squaw Island Light: Located just a few miles north of Beaver Island.

Escanaba

  • Cedar River Lighthouse: This lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Cedar River.
  • Sand Point Lighthouse: Located in a park on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Garden

  • Fayette Historic State Park and Harbor: Visit this old “ghost town” preserved within this park.

Gladstone

  • Boney Falls Basin: Man made falls and lake area.

Grand Marais

  • Au Sable Light Station: Active lighthouse within Pictured Rocks Lakeshore.
  • Grand Marais Harbor Range Lighthouse: Small light located along the coastline.

Gulliver

  • Seul Choix Point Lighthouse: Lighthouse located in the northwest corner of Lake Michigan.

Manistique

  • Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park: One of many impressive waterfalls in the area with several different observation decks.
  • Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse: Small red lighthouse located in the harbor.
  • Palms Book State Park: This park is known for it’s gorgeous “Big Spring.”
  • Rainey Wildlife Area: Check out some hidden gem hiking trails in this area.

Marquette

  • Black River Falls: Huge Waterfall with viewpoints.
  • Granite Island Lighthouse: Gorgeous lighthouse located on the island.
  • Little Garlic Falls: Small waterfall along the river.
  • Marquette Harbor Lighthouse and Maritime Museum: Picturesque red lighthouse located on a bluff above the lake.
  • Marquette Presque Isle Lighthouse: Small breakwater light.
  • Morgan Falls: Small falls along Morgan Creek.
  • Reany Falls: Another set of falls along a creek.
  • Unnamed Falls and Carp River Falls: Spectacular views of these roaring falls.
  • Warner Falls: Waterfall that can be viewed from the road.
  • Yellow Dog (Hills) Falls: Easy access falls.

Munising

  • Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse: Old abandoned wood lighthouse.
  • Grand Island North Lighthouse: Lighthouse located high on the bluffs of the lake.
  • Munising Fall Visitor Center: Located within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
  • Munising Range Lighthouse: Two lighthouses work in tandem to guide boats.
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Hike along this lakefront area known for it’s multi colored rock formations.
  • Wagner Falls Scenic Site: Beautiful waterfall on Wagner Creek.

Negaunee

  • Michigan Iron Industry Museum: This museum is built atop an iron range to help share the history of the industry.

Newberry

  • Crisp Point Light Historical Society and Lighthouse: Lighthouse located along the shores of Lake Superior.
  • Muskallonge Lake State Park: Explore this area along Lake Superior.

Rapid River

  • Peninsula Point Lighthouse: Located at the tip of the Stonington Peninsula.
  • Rapid River Falls Park: Small flat rock falls.

All attractions found on http://www.michigan.org

Michigan Bucket List ~ Western UP Region

Today we head into a new state that contains 9 regions! Michigan is split into two distinct Peninsulas, but we are going to explore the Upper first which contains three of the nine regions.

Baraga

  • Baraga State Park: This park sits on the shores of Keweenaw Bay in Lake Superior.

Chassell

  • Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light: This lighthouse marks the entrance to the Portage River.

Crystal Falls

  • Bewabic State Park: This park sits along the shores of Fortune Lake.

Ironwood

  • Miners Memorial Heritage Park: Built on the reclaimed site of an old iron mine.

Kenton

  • Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness: Wilderness area known for Sturgeon Falls.

Marensico

  • Lake Gogebic State Park: Sits on the shores of Lake Gogebic, the largest inland lake on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Ontonagon

  • Fourteen Mile Point Lighthouse: Unique abandoned lighthouse.
  • Ontonagon Lighthouse: Tour this historical lighthouse.
  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: Gorgeous state park with varied trails and landforms. Hike in the woods, among waterfalls, and along Lake Superior.

Paulding

  • Bond Falls Scenic Site: Popular waterfall site in the western UP.

Trout Creek

  • Agate Falls Scenic Site: Roadside waterfall park just off the state highway.

All attractions found on http://www.michigan.org.

Wisconsin Bucket List ~ Northwest Region

Today we head into our final Wisconsin region before heading into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Today’s focus is the Northwest Regions, a region Andrew and I spent some time a few years back!


Ashland

  • Copper Falls State Park: This gorgeous park has a great loop trail that gives some nice views of the falls!
  • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center: Visit this small museum for some tips about the area and take in the view from their observation deck.

Bayfield

  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Take a trip out to Madeline Island and explore this beautiful area along Lake Superior.
  • Bayfield Maritime Museum: This unique museum features the nautical history of the Apostle Islands.

Chippewa Falls

  • Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company: Take a tour of this famous brewery.

Danbury

  • Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park: Living history site dedicated to fur trading.

Hudson

  • Willow River State Park: State park known for the beautiful Willow Falls.

La Pointe

  • Big Bay State Park: Located on Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands.

Ogema

  • Timm’s Hill County Park: Timm’s Hill is the highest point in the state of Wisconsin.

Phillips

  • Wisconsin Concrete Park: Sculpture park filled with over 200 concrete statues.

River Falls

  • Glen Park: Beautiful city park with a nice walking trail.
  • Kinnickinnic State Park: Enjoy this park located where the Kinnickinnic and St. Croix Rivers meet.

South Range

  • Amnicon Falls State Park: Explore this park that has several waterfalls. Lots of fun short trails lead to them!

Spooner

  • Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum: Museum dedicated to the history of the canoe.

Spring Valley

  • Crystal Cave: Take a tour of this gorgeous cave.

St. Croix Falls

  • Interstate State Park: Hike along trails in this park that straddles the Wisconsin/Minnesota border and features unique geological formations.
  • St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Center: Stop by the Headquarters of this scenic riverway and learn about the history and culture of the river.

Superior

  • Pattison State Park: Features the highest waterfalls in Wisconsin.
  • SS Meteor Maritime Museum: This maritime museum features an 1896 freighter ship.

All attractions found in the Travel Wisconsin Travel Guide.