One-Tank Trips in Michigan

June 14, 2011

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Where will a tank of gas take you? In Michigan, with its 11,000 inland lakes and 3,200 miles of Great Lakes coastline, you can reach the beach or float your boat. Or tee up at a choice of nearly 900 golf courses, hit the hiking and biking trails, drop a line in the waters of 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and picnic at one of 97 state parks or four national parks. Cities of all sizes have museums, zoos, and historic sites to explore, and the growing wine industry counts 81 wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms for sipping Michigan’s vintages.

Family friendly fun can start at the beach building sand castles, swimming in fresh clear water, climbing sand dunes or flying a kite. You can take in one of the dozens of festivals and events that fill the calendar, or check the free Michigan Farm Market and Agricultural Tourism Directory External Link for places to learn what produce is in season and where you can pick your own bushel of fruit, visit a working farm, and buy locally produced honey, jams, jellies, maple syrup and baked goods. At the end of the day let the kids sprawl on a blanket at a free concert under the stars.

Within each of the eight regions of this two-peninsula playground it’s easy to find things to do and places to go that are free and low-cost---even special deals on lodging packages. It all adds up to an affordable and memorable Pure Michigan experience that is never further than a tank of gasoline will take you.

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