Over the years I’ve watched our Girl Camper Facebook group page fill with posts about traveling to epic locations. Most often these dream trips include a handful of national parks or visits to the coasts. What if I let you in on a little secret? Michigan is a dream destination!
The Great Lakes State brings the beauty of the coasts with some other great features. Michigan is home to 4 of the 5 Great Lakes. We are surrounded by the largest supply of freshwater in the world! Our lake shores are also varied depending on where you are in the state.
Lake Michigan on the western side of the state brings sand dunes and bright blue water. Lake Superior has a rocky coast line full of treasures for the rock collectors among us from Yooperlite to Petosky stones, you could spend hours combing the waterline to find your very own lake tumbled, smooth stones for souvenirs.
Lake Huron brings the sunrise and more traditional sandy beaches with some rocky overlooks. Lake Erie cradles farms and wineries along the mostly flat terrain.
Michigan offers a wide array of history as well as natural beauty. We are known for The Motor City and Motown worldwide. A visit to Detroit could fill your days with a trip to the oldest aquarium in the United States located on Belle Isle as well as the gorgeous greenhouse located adjacent to the aquarium. A trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts to see Diego RIvera’s mural in person or to have tea at The David Whitney House would give you a sense of how the city shines.
Along the way you could stop at dozens of locations to learn about Native American history, the Underground Railroad or the lumber and mining industry in the Upper Peninsula as well as the automotive industry and unionization. Our state is filled with rich history and beautiful vistas.
The next time you are dreaming of a future camping trip you should consider Michigan where locals use their hand as a map.
Girl Camper Michigan Guide and Contributing Editor