Covered bridge on a scenic drive Traverse City in autumn

Several Michigan travel attractions have been named among the 150 best things to do in the United States. This list is from Travel Lemming, and one Michigan travel spot is even No. 20 on the tally. That spot is an unlikely one, to say the least.

The annual list from Travel Lemming “aims to help Americans discover unique attractions around the country and in their own backyards. It emphasizes human-curated recommendations over AI chatbots,” according to a statement. “A diverse array of attractions made the article’s top 10 designation, including a wild animal sanctuary in Colorado, a Bavarian Village in Washington, and the world’s largest musical instrument in Virginia,” they add.

Travel Lemming is an “online travel guide with more than 10 million annual readers. It publishes guides written by local and expert travelers who have first-hand experience in destinations across the United States and the world.” That’s according to their official website.

So, which Michigan travel spot made the cut? Lots, actually. No. 20 on the list is to “wander the halls of the former Traverse City State Hospital.” Honestly, I think that’s a strange one. But, it’s cool to see such a different travel option. Travel Lemming states, “What was once a historic psychiatric hospital is now a buzzing local community with shops, restaurants, and engaging tours.” A few other Michigan options include to “Quench Your Thirst with a Craft Brewery Hop in Detroit,” which is No. 26 on the list. Also, experience Holland at No. 36, which I totally agree is a great spot. Finally, No. 65 is to attend the Electric Forest festival in Rothbury, Michigan. It’s quite a list, and I appreciate that it has unique options. For the full list of 150 of the best things to do in the United States this summer, go here.

Gorgeous Michigan Parks You Need to Visit

  • Sleepy Hollow State Park

    Sleepy Hollow State Park

    Sleepy Hollow State Park contains over 2,600 acres including a river winding its way through the woods, fields and trails. Lake Ovid nestled in the middle of it all was developed by damming the Little Maple River and covers 410-acres. The park offers a year-round opportunity for recreation with 181 modern campsites.

  • Fayette Historic State Park

    Fayette Historic State Park and Harbor

    Find unmatched scenery and take a walk back in time at Fayette Historic State Park. The park is located on the shores of Big Bay de Noc - on Lake Michigan between Snail Shell Harbor and Sand Bay - on the southern side of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

  • Hartwick Pines State Park

    Hartwick Pines State Park, Visitors Center & Logging Museum

    Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, is one of the largest state parks in the Lower Peninsula. It is named for its 49 acres of old-growth pine forest, some of the last remaining in the state. The park's rolling hills overlook the valley of the East Branch of the AuSable River, four small lakes and unique timber lands.

  • Harrisville State Park

    Harrisville State Park

    Harrisville State Park is set along the sandy shores of Lake Huron. The park is home to a day-use area nestled in a stand of pine and cedar trees, a modern campground, a designated swim beach, trails, overnight lodging options and more. Great Lakes beach safety.

  • Bald Mountain State Recreation Area

    Bald Mountain Recreation Area

    This 4,637 acre recreation area has several picnic areas, a modern accessible shooting range, large hunting areas, several fishing lakes, two trout streams, a sandy swimming beach and 15 miles of marked hiking and biking trails. Immensely popular for its eight miles of groomed cross-country skiing trails and snowmobiling, sledding and ice fishing.

  • Hiawatha National Forest

    Hiawatha National Forest - Home

    Located in Michigan's wild and scenic Upper Peninsula, the Hiawatha National Forest's dramatic shorelines lie nestled up to Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan -- three of the five great lakes. Our lakeshores, lighthouses, islands and abundant snow create a place of respite and play within a day's drive of urban and rural areas of Michigan, Wisconsin, other nearby states and international locations.

  • Yankee Springs Recreation Area

    Yankee Springs Recreation Area

    The rugged terrain, bogs, marshes, lakes, streams and unique beauty of the park's 5,200 acres lend itself to many forms of recreation--metal detecting, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing are popular winter activities. Nine lakes are located within the park boundaries providing fishing and water sports of all kinds during warm weather.

  • Wilderness State Park

    Wilderness State Park

    Wilderness State Park, located just 11 miles west of Mackinaw City, is home to 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, 20-plus miles of trails, a designated swimming and pet-friendly beach and unique camping opportunities. The park is also a designated dark sky preserve offering stellar views of the sky and is just 9 miles from Headlands Dark Sky Park (an Emmet County park).

  • Warren Dunes State Park

    Warren Dunes State Park

    Warren Dunes State Park provides 1,952 acres of recreational opportunities along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan. Its rugged dune formation, rising 260 feet above the lake, offers spectacular views and is excellent for hang gliding (permit is required). The park is home to 3 miles of shoreline, 6 miles of hiking trails and two popular campgrounds.

  • J. W. Wells State Park

    Wells State Park (J.W. Wells)

    Wells State Park is located on Green Bay about 30 miles south of Escanaba. Its 678 acres include a three-mile shoreline with a beautiful sandy beach for swimming, a large picnic area, a modern campground, a modern lodge that sleeps ten, and rustic cabins.

  • Van Buren State Park

    Van Buren State Park

    Van Buren State Park is set along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The park is home to high dune formations, a modern campground, 1 mile of sandy beach, woodland trails and a day-use area. The day-use area offers picnic tables and grills, a picnic shelter and two modern restroom buildings.

  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park

    Tahquamenon Falls State Park

    Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses nearly 50,000 acres and stretches 13-plus miles in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The park is home to multiple campgrounds, overnight lodging facilities, a boat launch, more than 35 miles of trails and multiple overlooks to the Upper and Lower Falls.

  • Holland State Park

    Holland State Park

    Holland State Park is best known for sugar sand beaches, beautiful sunsets and views of the iconic "Big Red" lighthouse. The park is home to two large campgrounds, an accessible playground, opportunities for paddling and fishing, and connections to nonmotorized trails.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (U.S. National Park Service)

    Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450' above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park's rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.

  • North Higgins Lake State Park

    North Higgins Lake State Park

    North Higgins Lake State Park, located on the north shore of Higgins Lake, is home to 449 acres of lakeside recreation in a natural wooded atmosphere. The park is situated on the site of what was once one of the world's largest seedling nurseries and features a museum dedicated to telling the story of that nursery, Michigan forestry and the Civilian Conservation Corp's efforts in Michigan.

  • Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

  • Petoskey State Park

    Petoskey State Park

    Petoskey State Park, situated on Little Traverse Bay, is home to 1 mile of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan, two modern campgrounds and trails. Located just 3 miles northeast of Petoskey and 6 miles south of Harbor Springs, the park is a popular destination for those wanting to find Petoskey stones.

  • Seven Lakes State Park

    Seven Lakes State Park

    An endless variety of topography and ecosystems form the area called Seven Lakes. Its land was a combination of farmland, rolling hills and forests. About 230 acres of water with several miles of shoreline await the park user. The dam, formed one large lake from seven small lakes. Metal detecting area.

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (U.S. National Park Service)

    Sandstone cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, sand dunes, inland lakes, deep forest, and wild shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The power of Lake Superior shapes the park's coastal features and affects every ecosystem, creating a unique landscape to explore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four-season outdoor opportunities abound.

  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park

    River Raisin National Battlefield Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    River Raisin NBP preserves, commemorates, and interprets the January 1813 battles of the War of 1812 and their aftermath. Battles that resulted in the greatest victory for Tecumseh's Confederation and the British and the greatest defeat for the U.S. The aftermath led to U.S.

  • Muskegon State Park

    Muskegon State Park

    Muskegon State Park is home to 3 miles of breathtaking shoreline (2 miles along Lake Michigan and 1 mile on Muskegon Lake), Snug Harbor, forested dunes, two campgrounds, picnic areas, multiple trails and more. One of the park's popular features is the blockhouse that was originally built by the CCC in the 1930s to provide opportunities for visitors to see in all direction.

  • Muskallonge Lake State Park

    Muskallonge Lake State Park

    Muskallonge Lake State Park is located 28 miles northwest of Newberry in Luce County. The 217-acre park is situated between the shores of Lake Superior and Muskallonge Lake and the area is well known for its forests, lakes and streams. Great Lakes beach safety.

  • Isle Royale National Park

    Isle Royale National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    Explore a rugged, isolated island far from our connected communities. Isle Royale offers adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, paddlers, and divers. Cross Lake Superior and make a commitment: Become a part of this island, and let it become a part of you.

  • Maybury State Park

    Maybury State Park

    Maybury State Park, a busy day-use park, is home to an oasis of lush, green forest amidst developed land. The park contains 1,000 acres of gently rolling terrain, open meadow and mature forest. The park offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, including an extensive trail system for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, youth organizational camping, fishing, educational programming and a working farm.

  • Keweenaw National Historical Park

    Keweenaw National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    From 7,000 years ago to the 1900s people mined Keweenaw copper. Native peoples made copper into tools and trade items. Investors and immigrants arrived in the 1800s in a great mineral rush, developing thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities. Though the mines have since closed, their mark is still visible on the land and people.

  • Ludington State Park Beach

    Ludington State Park

    Ludington State Park, situated between the 5,000-acre Hamlin Lake and 7 miles of sandy Lake Michigan shoreline, features scenic sand dunes, three campgrounds, the iconic Big Sable Point Lighthouse, 21 miles of marked trails and more. A 1-mile stretch of the Big Sable River runs through the park and provides excellent opportunities for fishing, paddling and tubing.

  • Lake Gogebic State Park

    Lake Gogebic State Park

    Lake Gogebic State Park covers 360 acres and nearly a mile of lake frontage on the west shore of Lake Gogebic, the largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula. About a quarter of the 127 campsites are located directly on the lakefront and the rest are nestled among the trees, not more than 100 yards from the lake.

  • William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor

    William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor

    William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor is located in the heart of Detroit, just east of downtown, along a portion of the city's Detroit Riverwalk, which provides easy access for fishing, biking, walking and rollerblading. The park is divided into three areas, including the harbor, the picnic shelter area and the popular berm area.

  • Fisherman's Island State Park

    Fisherman's Island State Park | Visit Charlevoix, Michigan | Charlevoix the Beautiful!

    Address 16480 Bells Bay Rd.,Charlevoix, MI 49720 Located just a few miles south of the City of Charlevoix, Fisherman's Island State Park is not actually just an island, but a 2,678-acre park with five miles of unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline. The park encompasses a tiny island, Fisherman's Island, currently not accessible to the mainland, due to high lake levels.

  • Burt Lake State Park

    Burt Lake State Park

    Established in 1921, Burt Lake State Park is situated on the southeast corner of beautiful Burt Lake. The park is home to 2,000 feet of sandy shoreline, a shallow designated swim area, modern camping, boating, fishing, sightseeing and much more.

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