Let Me Convince You To Add These 10 Must-See Michigan Places To Your Bucket List

Let Me Convince You To Add These 10 Must-See Michigan Places To Your Bucket List

Who doesn't want to go to a festival called "Cheeseburger"?


Whether you're visiting for a day or have lived in Michigan for your whole life, there are many must-see locations including Mackinac Island, Turnip Rock, and Grand Haven. This list of locations will open your eyes to the many adventures lying ahead of you. So grab your luggage, hop in the car, and check out these places!

​1. Turnip Rock (Port Austin)

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The waters of Lake Huron have eroded a piece of land to form a unique turnip shape, which is why it is known as Turnip Rock. Over the years, turnip rock has gotten a lot of publicity and has been featured in several Michigan based magazines.

The water is shallow around the rock and often times you are able to walk around and even explore the nearby caves. This piece of land can only be accessed by water, so grab a kayak and start paddling!

2. Caseville

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Caseville is a town located right on the "tip" of the thumb that offers beautiful views and lots of family fun. Every year Caseville holds an annual festival called "Cheeseburger". The festival brings games, music, and great food to the area. You can relax at Caseville's several campgrounds or lay out on the beach. Visit during the fourth of July and you're sure to see tons of fireworks. This place is truly paradise!

Boyne Highlands (Harbor Springs)

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Boyne Highlands ski resort is known for amazing slopes, snow tubing and much more! If you reach the top of the mountain, you can catch a view of the Mackinac Bridge! Don't feel like skiing? Take a break and visit the on-site spa for a massage. During the warmer months you can gaze at the beautiful mountainous views and play a game of golf.

4. Frankenmuth

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Frankenmuth is a town that will take you back in time. This town looks like an old German village and has a very unique architecture. Want to know what Frankenmuth has to offer? Visit the worlds largest Christmas store and hop on the riverboat for a ride down Cass river. Enjoy the famous chicken dinner at Zehnder's and don't forget to go for a horse-drawn carriage ride!

5. Grand Haven


Grand Haven is located on the western side of the state and borders Lake Michigan. This town offers tons of things to do such as fishing, visiting the many beaches and lighthouses, festivals, parks, and much more. During the summer months you can take a Trolley and tour the town. There's so much to do you will not be bored visiting Grand Haven.

6. Belle Isle (Detroit)

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Belle Isle is an island located right off of Detroit. The island offers views of the riverfront as well as contains the Nature Zoo, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Aquarium, and much more! Take a ride down the giant slide in the summer or catch a break barbequing on the riverfront... you're bound to find something to do!

7. Dow Gardens/Whiting Forest (Midland)

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Dow Gardens stretches 110 acres and is filled with flowers, plants, forests and water features. A day trip here will cost you $10 per person ($20 for an annual pass) and also allows you access to Whiting Forest, home of America's longest canopy walk (also ADA Accessible)! View the blooming flowers in the spring, or walk the canopy in the fall, any season is bound to be drop-dead gorgeous. There is a play scape for the kids and on-site Café so you can relax, grab a sandwich, and drink a hot cup of coffee.

8. Brockway Mountain Drive (Copper Harbor)

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Brockway Mountain Drive is located in Michigan's upper peninsula. The drive stretches about nine and a half miles and offers views of lake Superior and the surrounding forest. There are a few reserves within the drive that allow you to get out of your car to enjoy the view. No matter what time of year it is, this drive will blow you away with its beauty. In the winter the drive is closed, but you can snowmobile on the property.

9. Mackinac Island/Mackinaw City

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Much like Frankenmuth, Mackinac Island and Mackinaw city are packed with things to do and things to see! Take a ferry to Mackinac Island, where no motorized vehicles are allowed! Bikes and horses are your only mode of transportation on the island, but stop by in the winter and ride your snowmobile to the few bars that are open year round. Mackinaw city has lots to offer including stunning views of the Mackinac Bridge and lighthouse.

10. University of Michigan Museum of Art (Ann Arbor)

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The University of Michigan Museum of Art is located right in the heart of Ann Arbor. This museum is free and filled with art ranging from paint on canvas to neon signs. The well-known "love is what you want" sign is Instagram heaven and great for photos. The museum is within walking distance of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (also free),several restaurants, stores, and even the graffiti alley (filled head to toe with beautiful spray paint art).

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As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

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15. Talk about your best friend...

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17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

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19. I volunteer at...

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20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

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20 Things I'd Do If The Concept Of Time Was Abolished

If only our lives weren't limited by time.


Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

1. Live on a ship at sea.

2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

3. Apply as much makeup as desired without being late.

4. Retake my favorite college courses and participate as fully as I possibly can, including the completion of every single reading and film.

5. Take a non-stop trip through every country in the world.

6. Learn to play and fully master every single musical instrument in existence.

7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

8. Live by myself in a cabin at the edge of the woods a la Thoreau.

9. Reread every single book that shaped my childhood.

10. Have a brief conversation with every old friend.

11. Re-drink that first sip of the perfect cup of coffee.

12. Observe how the tides change with the lunar cycle.

13. Learn as many languages as possible.

14. Sit at the beach and listen to music for days.

15. Train for an Olympic event.

16. Write a detailed, thorough analysis of every track in my favorite movie soundtracks.

17. Take a photo of every interesting place I visit and every little nook I find peace in and make a physical photo album.

18. Cook food without burning it.

19. Watch a star's life cycle from birth to death.

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