Whether you are a fan of art, nature, or a good Chardonnay, Michigan has the perfect destination location for your next road trip. Check out these suggestions of ways to enjoy your stay in the Great Lakes State.
Artprize: Grand Rapids
This radically open, independent organized international art competition takes place annually in Grand Rapids. For 19 days in early fall, nearly half a million attendees arrive in the downtown area to view unique art works. Every inch of town, including 160 venues—museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, laundromats, and auto body shops—becomes pop up galleries for the duration of the event. Entrants include “traditional” artists, street art, sculpture, installations, and performance and many other mediums.
Tunnel of Trees: Harbor Springs
The Tunnel of Trees, on the M-119 Heritage Route from Harbor Springs to Cross Village, is one of the most beautiful displays of northern hardwood in the state of Michigan. The planting of the trees along the roadside are so close together that they form a natural tunnel canopy of leaves above travelers. The route is known for its dramatic twists and turns and for the views stunning vistas experienced along the ride. The drive is particularly picturesque during the fall when the colors change. However, the 27.5 mile drive, which is designated as a state Scenic Heritage Route, is beautiful no matter the time of year.
The Vineyards and Craft Breweries: Multiple Locations
Over the last couple of decades, wine production has become a major enterprise throughout Michigan. The northern half of the state, in particular, has become a mecca for those who are seeking locally made wines. Many of the vineyards are now known for their world-famous and award-winning stock. Made with locally grown apples, pears, cherries and berries, these wines are well worth sampling.
If wine is not your thing and you prefer your alcohol a little more on the hoppy side, the state has a number of craft and local breweries to check out as well. The state ranks fifth in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs in the nation. The rich soil and access to the pure water of the Great Lakes assist brew keepers in producing countless varieties of styles and tastes to appeal to any beer aficionado.