As we get closer to the summer travel season in Michigan, there are a lot of options as you plan your trips around the state. Pure Michigan has some recommendations if you aren't sure where you want to go just yet.
Throwback to good times. Saugatuck has some awesome retro options, including the Saugatuck Retro Resort Motel and Saugatuck Retro Boat Rentals. You can easily go from your 1950s room to a vintage jet age era boat by just walking down the street.
You can check out some antiques in Allen, the antique capital of Michigan. The town only has 300 people but seven antique depots. It's along the US-12 Heritage Trail, and you can always take a break from searching through the antique offerings to check out the Pioneer Wine Trail.
One of the other things Michigan is known for is its state parks. The state's park system began 100 years ago with Interlochen State Park. Today, there are 103 state parks and recreation areas, over 300,000 acres of recreational land and 140 state forest campgrounds. Some recommendations from Pure Michigan: Lime Island and Hartwick Pines State Park.
Or, maybe food is your thing when you leave home. Battle Creek, home to Kellogg's, is hosting a National Cereal Fest on June 8, and the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival is August 23-25 this year. If you are looking for a drink, the 22nd Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival is happening in Ypsilanti July 26-27.
Of course, with a Michigan vacation, you can get where you want to be quickly, but that's no reason not to have a road trip soundtrack. This year, Pure Michigan released an ambient album. It's the first of it's kind for a U.S. travel brand, and features music by some of the state's most talented musicians, and sounds recorded at Michigan's parks. You can find out more about it, as well as links to the different tracks here.
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