5 Vacation Spots In Michigan That Everyone Should Visit

5 Vacation Spots In Michigan That Everyone Should Visit

Five vacation spots in Michigan that everyone should visit one time in their life.

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Do you live in the state of Michigan? I hear all the time from Michiganders that there is literally nothing to do in the Great Lakes state. Today, I will be talking about five exciting vacation spots that everyone should consider visiting because you just may be surprised at how much fun you and your family will have.

1. Mackinac Island

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Mackinac Island is such a beautiful place to visit especially in the spring / summertime. You will need to travel by boat in order to get to and from the island because it is not accessible by vehicle. As a side note, you can use horses, bikes, and/or walk to get to your destinations on the island. There are a variety of restaurants with great food, gift shops, and my favorite, fudge shops (yum!) to explore and find wonderful items made in Michigan.

You must visit the Mackinac Island State Park to view its beautiful scenery which is a paradise for all nature lovers out there. To learn about a piece of Michigan's history, you don't want to miss out on site seeing at Fort Mackinac. It has a museum that has become a well known tourist attraction. One little fun fact about Fort Mackinac, and that is, the fort was a former British and American military outpost that has exhibits dating back to the 18th-19th century.

2. Mackinac City

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Your next adventure should include a stop in Mackinac City. Mackinac City is another well known tourist attraction from people all over the world. There are main attractions for the whole family to enjoy. You can have tons of fun at the Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park where you can go ziplining, learn about and witness how things were done back in history by watching a sawmill demonstration, and don't forget to get your exercise on by climbing a rock wall.

Mackinac City is also known for the famous Mackinac Bridge which is honestly a beautiful sight day or night. There is a nostalgia feeling about Mackinac City when you go to the Bellaire Theatre Courtyard Cinema and visiting all of the other attractions surrounding it. It's definitely a piece of history.

3. Ludington, MI

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Ludington is a very busy vacation destination especially in the summertime. The city is located in Mason County and has beautiful beach scenery in their Stearns Park and Beach. Stearns Park and Beach also has an stunning lighthouse named the Ludington Light which is a 57-foot tall steel-plated on Lake Michigan. It can be assessed by walking down the pier while surrounded by water on both sides. The Ludington Light has become a popular tourist attraction. In town there is a graffiti wall with breathtaking art. I would definitely recommend taking some time to visit this beautiful to relax and soak up the atmosphere. I promise that you will not regret it!

4. Grand Haven

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Grand Haven is an absolute beauty when you are searching for an amazing vacation spot in northern Michigan. The Grand Haven State Park has a picture perfect beach with miles of sandy shores. And, since Michigan is famous for having lots of lighthouses, Grand Haven has a red, but unique lighthouse that is so breathtaking whether you see it during daylight hours or at sunset. I truly enjoyed myself when I visited Grand Haven; we were able to walk out onto the pier and take pictures with the magnificent view of the waves, the sunset, and lighthouse in the background.

In addition, there is a spectacle event that draws thousands of individuals to Grand Haven during their summer night light show called the Grand Haven Musical Fountain. This event starts on Memorial Day and goes until Labor Day, it includes the musical fountain contains a synchronized display of multicolored lights and water with a particular theme. When you visit Grand Haven, there is no shortage of local gift shops, restaurants, hotels, and condominiums around the city which make everything convenient, and also make Grand Haven an awesome place to visit. Enjoy your stay because I sure did!

5. Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore

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Last but not least, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore is located in Empire, Michigan. It's a definite "must do" vacation spot where everyone should visit and cross off their bucket list. Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes is one of the main attractions up north which makes Michigan famous. Another attraction is the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive which I would recommend one hundred percent for all nature lovers!

Because the view is spectacular, you get to see parts of Lake Michigan at a high level while driving through the trail. You also have the opportunity park your car alongside the road and explore the wonderful surrounding looking down at the awesomeness of the beautiful blue water. The sand dunes itself is another unbelievable sight for sore eyes because it has a picture perfect scenery. You can take your shoes off and walk in the sand while climbing the tallest sand dunes. Once you reach the top, the view of Lake Michigan is so beautiful that it actually brings tears to your eyes because you will be at peace with nature. Take a trip here, and let the sand run between your toes!

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9 Reasons Why Topsail Island is the Best Beach in NC

North Topsail, Surf City, South Topsail, it’s all part of the best beach in North Carolina.
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1. The sunsets.

Topsail has the best sunsets out of any beach in North Carolina. Hands down.

2. The shark’s teeth and seashells.

You can always find a large amount of cool shells and shark’s teeth every beach trip. I have found that it is not like this at every beach, only at Topsail. Shell hunting tip: check out the point on the south end of the island every morning for the best shell selection. You might even come across a hidden mailbox with notes in it while shell hunting down there.

3. The food.

From Max’s pizza with the pepperoni under the cheese to the seafood at Breezeway and even having the experience of eating outside at Sears Landing, Topsail has some of the greatest restaurants any beach in NC has to offer. The best part about the food in Topsail is that the restaurants are all local. Also, there is a brand new doughnut shop in the Surf City part of the island...what could be better than doughnuts and the beach?

4. The Fourth of July.

Every year Topsail and neighboring town, Holly Ridge, rotate between who does fireworks on the fourth and who gets to do them on the fifth. Basically this means two whole days of celebrating our great nation at the beach. The Fourth is also fun in Topsail because the beach is full of people decked out in red, white, and blue, blaring country music, and playing cornhole and swimming all day. Some parts of the town even have mini Fourth of July block parties (okay maybe that's just my family and our neighbors but it’s still pretty fun).

5. The small town atmosphere.

Topsail is a small island which gives it a small town, everybody knows everybody kind of feel. It’s really easy to make life long beach friends here because you have the opportunity to see the same people out on the beach every summer.

6. The ice cream.

Growing up, we went out to get ice cream EVERY single night and admittedly we still do. It often feels like the whole island has the same idea because the lines are always out the door at every ice cream place on the island. Don’t let this discourage you though. It’s an unspoken rule to wait in the line no matter how long it may be because ice cream always tastes better at Topsail.

7. The best of both worlds.

Because Topsail is an island, in most cases you can see both the ocean and the sound from wherever you are staying. This is pretty awesome because you can watch the sunrise over the beach and the sunset over the sound without having to go too far. You also can go from playing cornhole on the beach to jet skiing in the sound without having to walk too far so you really do get the experience the best of both worlds.

8. Outdoor movies.

On certain nights of the week Topsail this has cool thing called “Summer Movies in the Park” where they play movies on a big blow up screen at a park that sits on the sound. The best part about this is that the movies are FREE. Tip: if you are vacationing at Topsail with bae, I highly suggest going to an outdoor movie together, even if it is Cinderella and even if you have seen it 100 times already you should still go. But, if outdoor movies aren’t your thing then I suggest going roller skating or playing a game of putt-putt.

9. The memories.

Whether you go for a week or a weekend, I promise that you will make some great memories with the people you love at Topsail Island. After spending 19 summers on the island, I know I sure have. From Fourth of July block parties, running into friends from all over NC, adventuring with cousins and swimming during hurricanes, I can honestly say that spending my summers at Topsail Island has been one of the best things ever.



North Topsail, Surf City, South Topsail, it’s all part of the best beach in NC and I highly recommend planning your next beach vacation to Topsail Island.

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We Can't Make America Great Again If America Isn't Great To Begin With

Forget MAGA, it's time to just MAG.

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We will never forget Donald Trump's 2016 campaign slogan. Even though Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both used "Make America Great Again" as well, we all know Trump personalized it.

However, what Trump revealed to so many people is that America is not, and never was, that great. A lot of people dismiss criticisms of America as something one might say if they want to be edgy. People hate on America to rebel against their parents.

I am not trying to do that, I simply believe the very soul of America is tarnished, and if you take a minute to truly look at what America was built on and what it was meant to represent, you'll realize how disgusting it really is.

America is not great for one reason, and that is apathy. Now, when I say this, people immediately agree. They talk about how depressingly low voter turnout is, how young people do not register to vote, and so on. I tell them that they still miss the point. I believe the project, the entire system of America, was designed to induce apathy.

When civil rights protestors were having dogs set upon them and their skin peeled off from fire hoses, we claim to demonize the people that fired the hoses and the people that ordered it. However, have we really done anything to reform the police system since then? If anything, the police are now more easily able to do awful things to citizens with impunity. And so many politicians serving today condemn modern day Civil Rights protestors.

Yes it is true that in 1964, Lyndon Johnson was re-elected in a landslide, but Americans never reckon with the fact that Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, the Bushes, and now Trump were able to chip away at civil rights and the New Deal until now there's almost nothing left of some of the institutions and legislation that saved this country.

If you want a more recent example, look no further than at how federal employees were treated during the most recent government shutdown, when it was revealed that they were living paycheck to paycheck.

People immediately began blaming the workers' misfortunes on the workers themselves and demanded to know why they haven't been saving and budgeting properly. And I won't go in depth, but the bottom line is: people think they shouldn't care about their fellow citizens. Why do you think there is such militant opposition to Medicare For All?

Americans are terrified of the idea of their taxes going up, even if the money goes to help people. Why are we against helping each other? Americans are devout individualists, people claim this is what sets us apart. They call it "freedom."

One needs only to look at the high schoolers that protested gun violence. Their elders responded with "you can't come and take my guns!" When young people accurately point out how the system is already set up against them, you hear "pull yourself up by your bootstraps!" Everybody has bootstraps they need pulling up, but why?

It's because American laissez-faire capitalism has taught the citizens that everyone is inherently selfish, but that is a good thing because it drives the economy, and everybody is your rival. To white people, they say, "that black man got the promotion because of affirmative action." To the baby boomer, they say "that millennial wants your money."

When greed fuels the economy and people are put against each other, you're going to have a country full of people that hate each other. People always talk about how polarized our politics are and how divided we are.

The divide is deeper than Democrats vs. Republicans. It's about the entire system of hatred towards one another. If you want to heal the divide, America has to divorce itself from rugged individualism and reject the divisive nature of capitalism.

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