Mackinaw Island and Agawa Canyon
Accessible only by ferry, Mackinaw Island is a step back into time!
This four square mile island, where the preferred mode of transportation is by horse drawn carriage, Mackinaw Island is often called the “Bermuda of the North.”
Agawa Canyon is a shallow canyon inside the Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park. Accessible only by hiking or by train, this breathtakingly beautiful canyon includes both many indigenous flora, fauna along with beavers, moose, red chipmunks, groundhogs and numerous species of birds including golden eagles.
Below are just a few of this area's top attractions.
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Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Holland has such small-town charm! Enjoy strolling the sandy white beaches, sailing on Lake Michigan, or exploring nature on the well-marked hiking trails. Take a tour of a quaint Dutch village, munch on Danish pastries, try on a pair of wooden shoes…the activities are varied, the food is amazing and the scenery is spectacular!
This little town has it all! Located on the shores of Lake Michigan there are great water sports along with quaint marinas and nautical shops to stroll through and explore. Enjoy the view from top of Mount Baldhead, hike the nature trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park or just spend some time checking out the art galleries, unique shops and great restaurants in downtown Saugatuck.
Henry Ford Museum
This museum covers over nine acres and includes all things automotive along with many historical treasures including a full-sized replica of the original Flight of the Wright Brothers. There are exhibits of the history of automobiles past and present, you can take a tour of the Ford factory, visit the Henry Ford Museum Store, and enjoy several different dining options including a hot dog from the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Café.
Bronner’s Christmas World
The world’s largest Christmas store stocks more than 50,000 Christmas ornaments, decorations and lights year round. Almost two football fields in size, you’ll find everything from Christmas Advent calendars, collectable figurines, pet gifts and wedding presents. Wear your best walking shoes and be prepared to be dazzled!
Known as Michigan’s “little Bavaria” Frankenmuth is warm and welcoming. Decorated for Christmas all year long, you’ll explore covered bridges while enjoying a horse drawn carriage ride. Take a riverboat cruise or stroll through the streets window shopping. Try on a pair of traditional wooden shoes, sample decadent treats at the locally owned fudge and candy shops, watch wool being processed, sausage being stuffed and pretzels being twisted all while marveling at the authentic Bavarian architecture.
Algoma Central Railway
Regular passenger service is available on the Algoma Central Railway between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ontario. Running through the heart of Algoma County, the 22,000 square miles is home to numerous lakes, rivers and a variety of lodging options. In many areas of Algoma County, the Railway is the only means of transportation to this remote region.
Experience the real Canadian wilderness of Agawa Canyon. There is a one day train tour that takes you over towering trestles, alongside crystal clear lakes and through breathtaking rock formations. You’ll see some of Canada’s most notable landscape and hear a GPS triggered commentary on the area’s history and upcoming points of interest.
Carriage Tour of Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is only accessible by ferry and once on the island, cars are banned. Other than walking, the two most popular modes of transportation are by bicycle or horse drawn carriage. A narrated carriage tour is best way to experience Mackinac Island! The tour stops by some of the most popular attractions on the island including the Surrey Hills Museum and the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory.
Lunch at the Grand Hotel
In operation since 1887, the Grand Hotel has over the years combined modern amenities while preserving the original charm, architecture and ambiance of an inn on an island where cars are not allowed and horse drawn carriages are the favored mode of transportation. Enjoy a luncheon buffet fit for a king while viewing the outstanding scenery surrounding the Straits of Mackinac.
Cherry Capital of the World
From Benton Harbor to Traverse City this is considered the Cherry Capital of the World! Producing over 250 million pounds of cherries a year, the cherry is now so indigenous to this area that the local airport is named the Cherry Capital Airport. Each year, Traverse City hosts the National Cherry Festival and bakes the “world’s largest cherry pie.”
Petoskey Stone Hunting
Petoskey stones are fossilized ancient coral that lived when Michigan was covered by warm seas, much like the waters surrounding Florida today. When the seas dried up, the coral fossilized and was scattered throughout the Lake Michigan area. These stones are gray and covered in little circles that have a distinctive honeycomb pattern. Many times you’ll see red flecks from red-colored coral. The best place to find these unusual stones are in the shallows at water’s edge since it’s easier to spot the distinctive honeycomb pattern when the stones are wet.