There is quite a lot to do in Michigan and there is truly something for everybody in the Great Lakes State. Museum lovers will find unique spots to revel in automotive and musical history, and the outdoor enthusiast will find treasures waiting to be explored in the state's great outdoors. Here you'll find a list of some of the Michigan attractions that will make your Michigan vacation a memorable one.
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn is definitely one of the top Detroit attractions, and for good reason. Here you'll find unique exhibits and items that you can't find anywhere else. From JFK's limousine, to the Wright brother's restored home and bicycle shop, this place is a trip rich in Americana. See the Rosa Park's bus and the chair Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in. Take a look at Edison's Menlo Park laboratory and Ford's childhood home. At the Ford Rouge Factory witness the modern process of automobile manufacturing.
Motown Historical Museum
Founded in 1985, the Motown Historical Museum is one of the most popular Detroit attractions, and every year thousands of visitors come to see where the hits of Motown were made. Among the exhibitions here, you'll find historical photographs, artwork, music and costumes from this time-treasured musical hotspot where some of the most notable American songs were produced. There is a fully restored apartment that was once the home of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr., and you can stand in "Studio A", where Motown greats like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, the Supremes, and the Jackson Five stood and recorded their hits.
The Detroit People Mover and Riverwalk
For downtown Detroit sightseeing, hitch a ride on the automated People Mover. The People Mover runs a one-way loop around the city and at its 13 stops you can find different Detroit attractions and shopping and dining options. You can access the Detroit Michigan casinos, the Joe Louis Arena, and Comerica Park from the People Mover, and exit to some of the city's most treasured theatres and skyscrapers. At various People Mover stops you'll find the new Riverwalk where you can stroll along the Detroit River and take in views of the city and across the water to the Windsor, Ontario skyline.
The only Great Lake within the country's borders, Lake Michigan is a major tourism draw and its numerous opportunities for recreation make it one of the top attractions in Michigan. Swim at renowned Michigan beaches with their towering dunes, hire one of the Lake Michigan charters for some of the best Michigan fishing, or watch beautiful sunsets over the lake's horizon.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Arguably the most beautiful nature-scape in all the lower peninsula of Michigan, this is one of the Attractions in Michigan where you'll want to make sure you have fresh batteries for the camera. Here you'll find incredible Michigan hiking, picturesque drives, and stunning picnic spots. Visit the Maritime Museum and take a ranger-guided walk, or explore the North and South Manitou islands. Simply one of the best Michigan attractions for nature lovers.
The Soo Locks at Sault Ste Marie
The Soo Locks, found in the historic city of Sault Ste Marie, are the busiest locks in the world, and visitors from all over come to see them. One of the top attractions in Michigan, and virtually the most popular in the upper peninsula, here you can witness ships pass from Lake Superior to Lake Huron. Some of these ships are gigantic, measuring up to 1,000 feet in length. Watch the ships rise or drop the 21 feet between the levels of the St. Mary's River. With so many other Michigan attractions to be found nearby in Sault Ste Marie and the outlying region, you can make a great vacation out of your trip to the Soo Locks.