Father’s Day is coming – plan a trip for Dad and yourself to the sportsman’s paradise – Michigan.


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MICHIGAN – The Great Outdoors, and More

If you love outdoor sports – or just simply appreciate the joys of nature – Michigan is the place. And its rugged beauty makes it a family favorite — whether it’s a summertime golf vacation, an autumn visit to view the magnificent foliage, a winter sports trip, or a spring tour of the state’s beautiful shorelines. Michigan is a magical place, year-round.

The Many Faces of Michigan

When you think of Michigan, your first thought may be clear, clean water and why not? The state boasts coastlines with four of the Great Lakes (Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie) and is crisscrossed by rivers – plus more than 10,000 sparkling lakes. The fishing is superb, and natives and tourists alike enjoy rafting, water-skiing and more.

But this is also a state where you can find glittering nightlife – featuring everything from casinos to the beat of the Motown Sound. And there’s plenty of old world elegance in some surprising places. Let’s take a closer look.

Outdoorsmen will love the fishing in Michigan – and the choices are endless – Saginaw Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Holland St. Park, and the Upper Penninsula to name just a few. What do you want to catch? Michigan has it all: salmon, brown trout, lake trout, perch, bass, steelhead and walleye. Great hunting awaits you in Michigan as well – plus hiking, camping, and boating throughout the state.

For golfers, Michigan is a wonderland – it calls itself, “America’s Summer Golf Capital” and with good reason: the state is home to 800 public golf course, and numerous golf resorts including Bay Harbor Resort and Marina which also offers horseback riding and sailing.

Looking for a little grandeur? Try Mackinac Island – what Conde Nast Traveler has called “One of the Top 10 Islands in the World”. You can’t drive a car here – they are largely banned on the island – but you can ride in a horse-drawn carriage, just as they used to when the nation’s millionaires flocked here in the 19th century. You will still find that elegance of an earlier age at the Grand Hotel, and thrill to the spectacular lakeside scenery as you pedal along on a rented bike.

For nightlife, Michigan is home to several casinos – including the MGM Grand in Detroit. That city also offers fine dining, and eclectic nightlife from Detroit’s Greektown to Greater Lansing’s dining scene. For shopping, try Irish Hills Antiques just west of Detroit in Brooklyn, “specializing in brass cash registers” and other rustic collectibles including porcelain signs (and don’t miss their famous “garage sale” held each year on the second weekend of August).

And make time for the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn – it’s worth a visit in itself and features acres of Americana including everything from a working Model T to Edison’s original light bulb and Lincoln’s rocking chair.


Michigan boasts major airline hubs in cities like Detroit and has numerous other airports across the state – click here for more information on your destination city’s airport.



Published: June 8, 2009