Hidden Gems in Michigan Worth the Travel

Hidden Gems in Michigan Worth the Travel
Posted on 05/31/2019

Are you planning summer vacation ideas for you and your family?

Are you trying to think of ways to keep the kids occupied and having fun when school is out of session?

If a big multi-state road trip or trip flying across the country isn’t in the cards for your family this summer, consider exploring your own backyard! Some of the coolest places in Michigan lie along rural backroads and in the heart of the state’s biggest cities.

There’s a chance you’ve never been to these places, even if you’ve lived in the state for years!

Chapel Rock and Beach Trail – The UP’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has over 100 miles of walking and hiking trails, but according to PureMichigan.org, many visitor overlook Chapel Rock because it’s not as easily accessed as Miners Castle. “Those willing to drive the gravel access road to the Chapel Rock trailhead are rewarded with remarkable beauty – and small crowds. Follow the trail 3 miles each way, through sandstone gorges and past scenic Chapel Falls to the Lake Superior Beach and its namesake Chapel Rock, a sandstone, water-washed pinnacle topped by a lone fir tree.”

Old Town Lansing –
Even if you’ve been to the state capitol before, consider checking out Old Town, the site of Lansing’s original Grand River settlement. This mid-19th century town is home to art galleries and independently-owned restaurants, antique shops, and live music.

Ocqueoc Falls State Forest Campground –
Want to spend a few nights reconnecting with nature? 40 miles down the Lake Huron shoreline from Cheboygan is home to one of the largest waterfalls in the Lower Peninsula. Hikers and bikers can hit the trail to explore the state forest and wrap up the day around the campfire. Heads up: campsites here are first come, first served – no reservations available.

Meyer May House –
In Grand Rapids, this home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and commissioned by Meyer S. May in 1908. This prairie-style home with stained glass windows and honey-colored woodwork is in the historic Heritage Hill district.

Detroit’s “Little Venice” –
Did you know the Detroit River canals actually slice through a section of Detroit’s eastern neighborhoods? Hook up with the Riverside Kayak connection to paddle through this area of Michigan history, where you can get a glimpse of the historic Fisher Mansion and the Prohibition-era neighborhood styles. You can rent a kayak on location, or bring your own.

Catch Up with Your Favorite Orthodontists in Ann Arbor Before Your Trip!

Make time to schedule an ortho checkup before you hit the road! We have convenient hours to fit your busy schedule while you’re juggling work, kids, errands, and planning a vacation. We’ll make sure you don’t have any issues while traveling, and we can even give you some tips for taking care of your braces or Invisalign while you’re away from home.