4 Hidden Gems in Michigan That You Need to Explore This Summer
Michigan has always been a state with a lot to offer, and it seems that TravelLemming.com agrees! In their annual '150 Best Things to Do in the United States 2023 summer edition, Michigan is featured multiple times, showcasing the unique experiences the state has to offer.
1. Traverse the Halls of the Historic Traverse City State Hospital in Michigan
The Mitten State makes its first appearance on TravelLemming.com's list at 20, with the former Traverse City State Hospital, now known as The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. This building, which once housed a psychiatric hospital, now is home to local shops, restaurants, and guided tours. The asylum twilight tour is a must-try as it grants access to underground steam tunnels and creaky asylum "cottages" while knowledgeable guides share authentic accounts of the patients who once lived there. So, if you're looking for a unique way to experience Traverse City, be sure to check out this former insane asylum.
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2. Detroit's Craft Breweries are Hidden Gems in the Heart of the City
If you're looking for a taste of Detroit's best-kept secret, head over to the Motor City Brewing Works. this downtown brewery serves up delicious brick-oven pizzas and a great selection of craft beers. But it's not just the Motor City Brewing Works that makes the D stand out. The Jolly Pumpkin and Detroit Beer Co. are also worth a visit, make it a day. Don't know where to start? Check out the Detroit Brew Trail to discover other locals' go-to spots.
3. Experience Holland's Charm and Beaches in Michigan
For a "Charming Great Lakes Getaway", as it's referred to in TravelLemming.com's 150 Best Things to Do in the USA This Summer, look no further than Holland. With its beach town vibes, local shops, and live street entertainment, this little town is perfect for a family road trip. And if you're looking to soak up the sun, Holland is a great beach vacation destination.
4. Get Lost in the Magic of Michigan's Electric Forest Musical Festival
Finally, if you're in the mood for some music and...magic, check out the Electric Forest music festival in Rothbury. From June 22-25, the festival grounds come alive with music, art installations, and a palpable energy that is hard to find anywhere else. This year's lineup includes performances from Illenium and Odesza, and upcoming stars like Channel Tres and SG Lewis. But be sure to plan a hefty budget in advance, as this enchanting music experience doesn't come cheap. However, for the right person, this is worth every penny!
It's incredible to see these 4 Michigan 'hidden gems' spotlighted for the entire country to see on TravelLemming.com's Annual 150 Best Things to Do in the United States This Summer list. Even if you're a native Michigander, chances are 1 or all 4 of these may be a bucket list item to cross off this summer.