A good five hours drive and a million miles or so from the Motor City lies another Michigan, one that time happily forgot - a peninsula of small hamlets (and one bona fide town) that ends in the hushed splendor of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Leelanau Peninsula, which juts out into the hypnotic inland seas known as Lake Michigan is a paradise of outdoor activities - swimming, hiking, fishing and canoeing - give it a 9 on our Activities scale. But it is the dunes at Sleeping Bear, which range in color from pale champagne to burnt sienna and which roll and spike to 400 feet in. . .
The Detroit Zoo consists of 3 facilities with 125 acres of naturalistic habitat in Royal Oak, and the Belle Isle Zoo and Belle Isle Aquarium. Listed below are some of its most treasured attractions!
Arctic Ring of Life
The most unique feature of the Arctic Ring of Life is the spectacular 70-foot-long Frederick and Barbara Erb Polar Passage, a clear tunnel that winds through a vast underwater marine environment. This 12-foot-wide, eight-foot-tall tunnel takes visitors underneath diving and swimming polar bears and seals!
A unique environment for the celebration of this oft. . .
A ferris wheel. A mammoth water feature in center field that can be choreographed to any music. A decade-by-decade pedestrian museum enveloping the main concourse. But wait, there is also a field with a game being played as well. Comerica Park is one of the many highlights of Downtown Detroit.. . .
Although most of the 500,000 annual visitors come to this 45,000-acre wilderness gem to see two of Michigan's most beautiful waterfalls, the park has many other places for you to explore and experience.
For example, did you know that Tahquamenon Fall State Park has more than 40 miles of hiking trails, 13 inland lakes, 24 miles of the Tahquamenon River and approximately 20,000 acres of natural area?
Besides spectacular waterfalls, this park is a great place to have fun year-round. Camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing and photography are popular activities in the spring and summer. Anglers . . .
"One Town. A Million Ways to Enjoy It" is the slogan for this unique little Bavarian town in Michigan.
Frankenmuth draws over three million tourists annually to its Bavarian-themed shops and restaurants. The most well known of these are Zehnder's and Bavarian Inn restaurants, and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. Frankenmuth also attracts tourists with festivals and other events throughout the year.. . .
Lake Michigan is the third largest of the Great Lakes and the sixth largest lake in the world. Bordered by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin it is the only one of the Great Lakes that lies completely within the borders of the United States. Lake Michigan's surface is approximately 580 feet above sea level, with a surface area of 22,300 square miles.
Michigan has about 146 kinds of fish, ranging from tiny minnows to giant lake sturgeon.
Charters listed on website will take you out onto Lake Michigan from ports located in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois.. . .
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is the only one of its kind dedicated to the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes. It is fittingly located at Whitefish Point, Michigan, site of the oldest active lighthouse on Lake Superior.
Throughout the museum gallery visitors see dramatic shipwreck legends come to life. Artifacts and exhibits tell stories of sailors and ships who braved the waters of Superior and those who were lost to her menacing waves. The bell of the famous Edmund Fitzgerald is displayed in the museum as a memorial to her lost crew. Whitefish Point marks the critical tu. . .
Nestled in the straits of Mackinac where the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan meet, Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark bustling with top attractions, fine dining and boutique shopping.
A grand summer vacation awaits you at Mackinac Island!. . .
The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and it is still the largest waterway traffic system on earth. Your boat will travel along the international shoreline of the lower harbor letting you experience all the sights, sounds, and excitement of Michigan's oldest city, Sault Ste Marie. Soo Locks Boat Tours is one of Michigan's top attractions, and is recognized by AAA as a GEM® Attraction. Many departure times are available.. . .
Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four season outdoor opportunities abound. The Lakeshore hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles. Lake Superior is the largest, deepest, coldest, and most pristine of all the Great Lakes.. . .
Treetops Resort & Spa is home to 81 holes of championship golf — five distinctly different courses by renowned designers Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Tom Fazio and Rick Smith. Dramatic views, contours and rolling terrain provide a beautiful setting for world-class golf. Treetops is truly the Midwest's “Must Play” resort and arguably the best collection of golf anywhere in the country.. . .
Sheltered within the rolling hills of Cascade Township, Cascade Hills Country Club offers championship caliber golf along with peaceful serenity. Designed by golf professional Jack Duray under the tutelage of noted Scottish golf course architect Willie Park, each of our 27 holes has been designed to take full advantage of the beautiful, natural topography. The harmony and interplay between the course and terrain makes it playable for the beginner as well as challenging for the experienced golfer.. . .
Golf at Kent Country Club is truly a unique experience. Our course is a true classic which features unmatched conditions during the playing season. We are proud to offer a no-starting-time policy and a golf operation that is full service - allowing you the flexibility to play the course on your own time - and never having to worry about being held up or pushed by other golfers. We like our members to feel right at home and like they have the course to themselves.. . .
The golf course has magnificent tree-lined mature fairways with challenging rough and exceptional greens. Our 9-hole executive course is great for tuning up your short game and playing with young family members. The practice facility and learning center is renowned nationwide as one of the best. . . .
The Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club includes 38 acres of gently rolling terrain. The nine holes are played from two sets of tees (white/black) to make up a course of eighteen holes. For the men, par is 66 with a course rating of 65.0 and a slope rating of 106. For the women, par is 72 with a course rating of 69.9 and a slope rating of 125.. . .
The great rolling hills design at Ridgeview Golf Course is exemplified with large open fairways and bountiful tree lines. A player friendly course that is suitable for all ages and abilities, Ridgeview Golf Course has indulgent scenery surrounded by great golf.
If you haven't played Ridgeview in the last couple of years, it's time you come out and give the course another try. This value course offers plenty of natural areas that facilitate wildlife activity and create a more natural setting. With four sets of tees on every hole, Ridgeview is the perfect course for players of every level —. . .
If you're looking for the Best Value in Midlands Golf, you've found it at Indian Trail Golf Course. We'll be the first to admit Indian Trail is not a five-star resort, but neither are our prices! We take pride in offering midlands golfers a beautifully maintained and challenging course at a price they can afford.. . .