The Michigan Bucket List - Lake Michigan


Perhaps the most underrated state in the United States. For those that live here, we know how special it is. I’m just going to get straight to the point here with my Michigan Bucket List. These are the top 45 must do's in the Mitten before you die. 1. Hike the Porcupine Mountains

2. Hot air balloon at sunset

3. Complete the Michigan “Shore-to-Shore” trail

4. Sleep on the beach

5. Zipline Boyne

6. Transport to the Sahara at Silver Lake Sand Dunes

The Michigan Bucket List - Silver Lake Sand Dunes

7. Road trip M-22

8. Witness the galaxy at the International Dark Sky Park

9. Visit the National Holocaust Memorial

10. Cliff jump in Marquette

11. Get lost at Nordhouse Dunes

12. Explore Grand Island in winter

13. Soak in the beauty of Tahquamenon Falls

14. Surf Lake Michigan

The Michigan Bucket List - Surf Lake Michigan

15. Check out a Grand Rapids Brewery

16. Urban Explore the Detroit Packard Plant

17. Go sailing

18. Spend the day on Torch Lake

19. Dog Sled in the U.P.

20. Visit Isle Royale

21. Conquer Sleeping Bear Dunes

22. Go on a fall color tour

23. Experience Electric Forest Music Festival

24. Kayak to Turnip Rock

The Michigan Bucket List - Turnip Rock

25.Visit the Toy Museum on Beaver Island

26. Climb a lighthouse

27. Explore ‘The Ledges’ in Grand Ledge

28. Catch a sunset

29. Ice Climb a frozen waterfall

30. See the Soo Locks

31. Enjoy a day in Saugatuck

32. Camp in a hammock

The Michigan Bucket List - Hammock

33. Road-trip around “The Thumb”

34. Spend the night at Big Bay Point Lighthouse

35. Go mushroom hunting

36. Sled at the Highlands Castle in Canadian Lakes

37. Get stranded on South Manitou Island

38. Go to Hell

39. Bike around Mackinac Island

40. Bathe in a waterfall in Munising

The Michigan Bucket List - Waterfall

41. Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

42. Tour the historic ghost town of Fayette

43. Snowboard/ski at a town resort

44. Rent a cottage “Up North”

45. Spend a weekend off-the-grid



So there you have it, folks! What numbers have you completed? What is on your Michigan Bucket List? I want to hear below in the comments!

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The Michigan Bucket List - Hot Air Balloon

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  1. Keaton on July 17, 2016 at 5:50 PM


  2. marcia wilbur on March 11, 2017 at 7:57 PM

    i guess seeing the cascades in lackson, mich. is too old fashioned..

  3. marcia wilbur on March 11, 2017 at 7:59 PM

    i guess seeing the cascades falls in jackson is too old fashioned..

  4. Amanda on August 11, 2018 at 11:29 PM

    Add 46, Tip-Up Town. Houghton Lake end of January a full carnival on the frozen lake! It’s a blast.

  5. Michael B Hardy on April 13, 2019 at 6:54 AM

    For number 24, here are five things to know about Turnip Rock

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