Top 10 Things Every Michigander Must Do, #5 Sounds Really Cool!

Nearly 8000 votes were cast in a poll conducted by MLive.Com titled The Michigan Bucket List: 25 Things Every Michigander Must Do. With this poll, readers voted their biggest Michigan must-do experiences and the top 10 results are as follows.

1. Soak up the scenery at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

This stunning park on the shores of Lake Superior took first place and won more than 10 percent of the votes in our bucket list poll. No wonder: there’s really no other place like it on Earth.

2. Explore the wilderness at Isle Royale National Park

Visiting Isle Royale – reportedly America’s least-visited national park – requires some prep but the beauty and solitude are worth it.

3. See the fall color in the Porcupine Mountains

Camp, hike, stay overnight in a yurt – whatever you do, bring a camera for the jaw dropping scenery at spots like Lake of the Clouds overlook and the Presque Isle river corridor.

Porcupine Mountains! By @northern_experience Ontonagon, MI.

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4. Behold the beauty of Tahquamenon Falls

This seris of impressive waterfalls owe its unique rusty colors to tannins from the cedar swamps where the Tahquamenon river originates.

5. See the ice caves on Lake Superior

Those who brave the epic cold of Lake Superior in the winter are treated to the magic of ice caves. Grand Island in Munising, near Pictured Rocks, is a great spot for frozen spectacle.

6. Do the Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Run-tumbling down the big dune at Sleeping Bear Dunes is about a classic “up-north” experience.

7. See a Lake Michigan sunset

Your Pure Michigan experience won’t be complete without seeing a Lake Michigan sunset.

8. Walk across the Straits at the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk

This free anual Labor Day weekend event drew an estimated 30,000 people last year.

9. Canoe, kayak or tube a Michigan river

Whether you prefer a lazy tube ride up the Platte or paddling the whitewater rapids of the Au Train, spending some QT with Michigan’s more than 300 named rivers is a must-do.

Winter float #darkroomapp #michigan #river #fishing #kayak #paddle #grandrapids #iphone

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10. Ride a ferry

In a state nearly surrounded by water, ferry rides are part of life here – a necessity to some, a novelty to others, but a part of Great Lakes experience.

Crossing #lakemichigan #dawn #goodmorning #ferry #lake #business #businesstrip #travel #roadtrip #michigan #usa #greatlakes

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For the complete list, visit this MLIVE webpage: The Michigan Bucket List: 25 Things Every Michigander Must Do

37 thoughts on “Top 10 Things Every Michigander Must Do, #5 Sounds Really Cool!

  1. I used to live in Michigan and they definitely have a lot of stuff to do. Their sunsets are some of the prettiest I have ever seen. There are many places that I need to explore the area that’s obvious by reading this blog post.

  2. I love nature, period. These areas are gorgeous! I have not been to Michigan before but I think a trip is in the near future!

  3. I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful place. I’ve never been to the Porcupine Mountains in fall or the Lake Superior Ice Caves but I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy the many other places on your list. We are truly blessed to have so much beauty around us.

  4. I have never been to Michigan, but it is on my list of places to visit. So many beautiful places to see…number 5 looks like a must see for sure!

  5. This list is great! It definitely highlights how many gems there are in the UP too. I live on Beaver Island and ride the ferry all the time, but it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden to Mackinac. I’d say spending time on Michigan’s awesome islands are a must do too! 🙂

  6. Yes, yes to all of this. I love living in Michigan. So many cool choices of things to do outdoors in the summer. Fun for the whole family.

  7. There really is no dull place in Michigan. Everything is picture perfect and really breathtaking. I would love to see all of these places when I find myself there someday. They are worth the trip.

  8. I have never yet visited Michigan, but after reading your post have put it on my “must visit” list!

  9. Those photos are so beautiful, those are perfect, the place activities and many more.I would love to visit and see beautiful places in Michigan one day.!

  10. Omg who knew there was so much fabulousness to be done in Michigan!!! I need to check these spots out!

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