Michigan State is the 9th most popular state and is situated in the Midwestern region of United States. Placed in the Great Lakes region, the state is known for its longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world.
Michigan serves as a great place to spend your vacations with a number of museum, zoos, water parks and many more places to visit. And when it comes to accommodations, the state has several cozy and sophisticated holiday cottage rentals available. Amongst the many cottage rental houses offering excellent lakefront view & comfortable cottages, one popular cottage is the Blue Lakes Vacation Rentals at http://blvr1.tripod.com.
With a maximum accommodation of 12 people, the Croker’s Cottage along the bank of Ford Lake, Fountain presents a beautiful panoramic view of the lake. Situated close to the lakeshore, the wooded cottage is very spacious with 4 bedrooms. A fire pit and swings on the yard makes the place a perfect spot to hang out with family. Pet-friendly cottage provides a cozy deck with picnic table, swings and chairs. Other activities offered in and around the cottage are boating, fishing hiking etc. found at http://rentalsinmichigan.com/crocker-cottages-4br.htm.
Come spend a family vacation on the shores of the Higgins Lake that was once voted as the 6th most beautiful lake in the World by the National Geographic magazine. With 2 bedrooms that can shelter maximum number of 6, the cottage is located around the woods. This pet-friendly cottage is situated just at a distance of 0.5 miles from the Higgins Lake. Local activities available are Skiing, ice fishing bike trails etc.
Harbour Springs Cottage rentals is beachfront house situated in North Michigan. The splendid lake side view can be enjoyed from any of the rooms spread over 2600 square feet area. Maximum occupancy of 10 is allowed with 4 bedrooms and three bathrooms. Rates vary from $2,800-$3,800/ week. A staircase leads to the 100 feet sandy Lake beach frontage.
Hiking and other Activities
Michigan State has plenty of state parks and other hiking trails where tourists and visitors from around the globe come and enjoy its lush green environment. P.J. Hoffmaster State Park located at the 6585 Lake Harbor Road is just the right place to commune with nature and enjoy the several miles of hiking as well as skiing.
Apart from the 3 miles of shoreline of Lake Michigan, the Park offers facilities like beach-side cottages, picnic shelter, beaches and much more. Tourists get the chance of camping and hiking in regions that surround the Lake Michigan region. Certain activities such as cross country ski, swimming and exploring Wildlife are also available in the park. Adding fun to your visit are the other exiting features of the Hoffmaster State Park such as Gillette Visitor Centre, modern Campground and Lake Michigan sand dunes.
Covering an area of over 1,165 and positioned on the shore of Lake Michigan is the Muskegon State Park. With 247 modern and semi-modern campsites, the Park includes a mile stretch of shoreline on the Muskegon Lake and 2 miles on the Michigan Lake. Outdoor activities are plenty such as fishing, hiking trails, swimming and metal detecting.
Facilities available in Muskegon Park are its beaches, mini cabins, Beach side cottages etc. Tourists can enjoy the 12 mile hiking trials out of which 5 miles are marked for cross country skiers. Rest of the trails takes tourists across the park along the rugged and wooded dunes.
With the Grand River to the north and fascinating beaches to the west, the 48 acre Grand Haven State Park has the world’s largest musical fountain located in 1001 Harbour Avenue. Although no pets are allowed, the sandy beaches of the park present a scenic view of Lake Michigan. Facilities like Beach side cottages, lighthouses, Campground and Picnic areas are available for visitors. Cross country Ski, Hiking, Fishing etc. are among the outdoor activities that the park has to offer.
Museums and Monuments
One of the famous museums in Michigan is the Hendry Ford Museum. The man himself along with 11 other associates formed the Ford Motor Company in 1903. The museum currently has preserved many portions of the building that Ford originally planned. Main purpose of the museum is to exhibit the impact of Ford Motors in the Life and Society of America.
After a decade and half of opening the company, ford inaugurated the museum that was considered as a spirit of innovation in America. The site is surrounded by several fast food restaurants, gas stations, highway billboards and several other attractions.
The Air Zoo is an aviation museum and home to the world’s fastest air breathing aircraft- the SR-71B Blackbird and also the Xp-55 Ascender. Apart from providing amusement rides and full-motion flight simulators, the museum also features the 180o theatre, paratroopers Jump and Mission theatres. Situated in Portage, the museum was initially founded in 1977 as the Kalamazzo Aviation History Museum.
Formed with a motive of displaying historic & rare artifacts, the museum is now one among the top 10 list of largest non-government aviation museums in United States. The Air Zoo was voted as the ‘’Best Place to spend a Day with your Family” and “Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners’’ three years in a row.
Located at the Whitefish Point Light Station and 18 km beyond the town of Paradise, lies the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. As from the name, the museum puts into display artifacts from shipwreck of prominent ships that met with such tragic fate. Some famous exhibits of the museum are the bell recovered from the SS Edmund Fitzgerald and the ‘Whitefish Pint Underwater Preserve’ shipwreck.
Its untamed weather and unpredictable nature of the water has earned the Lake its nickname as ‘’Graveyard of the Great Lakes’’. The waters are known to have claimed more than 300 vessels till date. Other than exhibits of shipwrecks, the museum also features tours of the historic buildings and knowledge on the US Life-Saving Service history.