Michigan rocks. And I’m just going to get straight to the point here with my epic 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

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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


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


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


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


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 and what ones are next on your list? I want to hear below in the comments!

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  1. Matthew Jordan Mayer on October 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    4, 14, 18, 26, 28, 35, 36, 41, and 44

    • Aliza miller on April 22, 2015 at 5:01 AM

      I feel so appreciative to Jason Kirkwood, from Marquette, Thanks to him I can check off at least 4 or 5 from that list we visited together from Oregon.
      Aliza Miller

      • Sharon on January 6, 2016 at 4:06 PM

        How about Kite sailing/surfing off of Tawas Point, Visiting Lumberman’s Monument,
        watching the Port Huron to Mackinac race from the shores of Lake Huron, watching the sunrise over Lake Huron?

    • Pamela McKessy on April 20, 2016 at 7:37 PM

      4,6,7,13,18,21,26,28,30,31,35,38,39, 40,41,43,44,45 #lovepuremichigan ❤️

  2. libby on October 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    7, 13, 15, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 35, 37, 38, 40, 44 and 45

  3. Laura Strom on October 23, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    A third of these aren’t in “the mitten” ( the lower peninsula), but they’re in ” the fox” (the upper peninsula).

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Nice catch, Laura. Thanks for the correction! Both parts are equally beautiful.

    • Carrie on June 6, 2016 at 7:07 PM

      Never heard the UP as described as the fox. Been up here all my life!

  4. Karl Nurmi on October 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Awesome list ! These 45 and many more are waiting for those with a sense of adventure in our beautiful state! In my short 50 some years I;ve done all but; 37, 25, 23,16,11, 5, and 3 so I will add them to my todo list! We live in the UP , off grid, and every day is a new adventure here in our beautiful north woods.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Wow! Nice completion ratio. Thank you!

    • K. Binkley on November 16, 2017 at 9:43 PM

      Wow, that’s fantastic! I live downstate and have only done 17 things on the list. I’m 67, but I can do a few more!!

  5. Lindsay Trameri on October 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Love this! Definitely saving this! (Personally think Holland’s windmill and Tulip Time festival should be on there, along with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, but I guess it just proves how many great things there are to do in the mitten!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Thank you! Definitely agree that Holland’s Windmill and Pictured Rocks are stunning. It was extremely hard to narrow down the list!

  6. Pat Holzinger on October 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Have quite a few checked off the list myself but was disappointed the list didn’t include the mighty Mac!!!!

    • krissylyn on October 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Yet, how else are you going to get to the Porcupine Mountains, cliff jump in Marquette, or see Tahquamenon Falls…..? Go through Wisconsin?

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Sorry to disappoint! But the bridge is also one of my favorite spots in the state–especially at night.

  7. Jill on October 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Rent a pontoon boat and cruise the Pictured Rocks.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Must try this, thanks for the idea!

      • Carol on December 11, 2015 at 11:18 PM

        Or kayak up at Pictured Rocks!

  8. Anthony on October 23, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    You forgot the winter fest in frankenmuth

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Never have been, but I bet it’s amazing!

  9. Ione Louise Lake on October 23, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    7 13 17 21 22 26 28 30 31 35 39 41 42 44 And I have stayed in the Royal Suite at the Grand Hotel

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Jealous!! How was the Royal Suite?

  10. Chandra on October 23, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    4,7,9,17,21,22,28,30,31,38,39,41,43, and 45.

  11. Sandy on October 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    i definitely think the list should include Kitchitikipi Springs in the U.P. google this and have a look, its another natural beauty.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Beautiful!! Thanks for the suggestion

  12. Stites, P. on October 23, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    2,3,4,13,18,21,22,26,28,30,31,35,38,39,43, and 44. Love my state!

  13. Anne mMiller on October 23, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Walk the Bridge on Labor Day

  14. Karin on October 23, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Take a tour of Michigan’s beautiful Capital in Lansing and enjoy Silver Bells in the City with the Electric Light Parade, the state Christmas tree is lit, tons of activities simutaneously occur, and the fireworks go off.
    Visit Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn MI, especially on the 4th of July with the band, picnics, and fireworks.
    Walk the Mackinaw Bridge and visit Mackinaw Island…eat pasties.
    See the Winter Carnival ice sculptures at MTU’s Winter Carnival.
    Go down into the copper mine in Hancock.
    Drive up Brockway Mountain in the Keewenaw Penninsula.
    Visit Hartwick Pines, the largest trees in Michigan.
    Visit Saugatuck, Holland, Petosky, and even little Leeland.
    Enjoy Frankenmuth.
    Art Prize in Grand Rapids.
    Visit one of the many cider mills and drive through the covered bridges in Ada, and south by Kalamazoo.
    Participate in Talons Out Honor Flights in Kalamazoo which honors WWII vets, Korean Vets, disabled vets by sending them for free to Washington DC for a day and celebrating them back.
    The list is endless!
    Magnificent Michigan!

    • Daton on January 5, 2016 at 9:06 PM

      It’s missing many good things still. What about the Mystery Spot in St. Ignace? Or Whitefish Point? Or swimming in Lake Superior at Paradise???

  15. Michele on October 23, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    What about the AuSable Canoe Marathon? Walking the bridge on Labor Day? Lilac festival at Mackinac? Hartwick Pines?

  16. kait on October 23, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    backpacking/kayaking pictured rocks should be on here

  17. Dorene Staffen-Ridenour on October 23, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    ………..You missed some, Like swimming in Lake Superior in April/May/June without a wet suit ….What about Henry Ford Museum? Crossing the Mighty Mac on a high wind day? lol Surviving a Michigan winter… … But living in Michigan my whole life I have done several on your list…6,13,21,28,30,32,33,35,36,39,44 & 45.

  18. Deb Luurs on October 24, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    List also shoud include a trip aboard the Badger across Lake Michigan from Ludington!

  19. Sheri Bower on October 24, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    there;s also “visit Dutch Village”

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Great idea!

  20. m on October 24, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Spend the night in a submarine. In Muskegon.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Omg!! Great addition, I have been wanting to do that so bad.

  21. desmond hume on October 24, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Detroit International Jazz Fest (largest free jazz fest in world).
    Heidelberg Project aka Midget Town in Detroit
    A Michigan beercation (so many great breweries besides in the grand rapids area).
    The Paulding light in the UP

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Beercation…I like that!

  22. UnrestingSea on October 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    It’s sad that I’ve lived in MI my whole life and have only done a few of these things! BUT my Detroit Bucket List is very crossed off, so whenever you venture to this side of town I’ll help you cross a couple of must do’s in the D! 🙂 Mitten love!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Yes! I cannot wait! Eager to finally meet you!! 🙂

  23. David Fewless on October 24, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    1,7,15,22,28,30,31,32,38,41,43,44,and 45. Looking to do many more, Great article. Michigan is a great place to live. This is only a small sub set of what there is to do here in our great state. Thank you again.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Agreed, I absolutely love living here. Thanks for the compliment!

  24. CaptainK on October 24, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Shipwreck tours in Munising is Awesome! Add that to your Bucket list!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Added! Thanks for the idea!

  25. Beth Wheat on October 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM


  26. phil Sajtar on October 24, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Isle Royale should be #1, also, add ,Wilderness state park, in the winter. North Manitou island , backpacking. Cabela’s in Dundee. The “Thumb” area .

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Thanks for the additions, all great ideas! Explored the “Thumb” for the first time last month and had an amazing time.

  27. sharkbytes on October 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Done 1,4,6,7, 11(but it’s really impossible to get lost), 13, 15,17,21,22,26,28,30,33,35,38 (and Paradise too), 41,45. Nice list.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Thank you!

  28. krissylyn on October 24, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Stay away from the Packard Plant – It’s private property ON TOP OF not being safe for a bunch of hipsters to be “exploring”.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Hey! I refuse to be called a “Hipster”, more like “explorer” ;). Thanks for the tip! Good to know, I was unaware it’s on private property.

  29. Jan R. on October 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I’ve been able to enjoy the following things in Mich. 7, 9, 13, 15, 18, 21. 22, 26, 28. 30, 33, 35, 38, 39. There are still lots more to see and do in Mich. Like: Visit Greenfield Village, Go down in copper mines in Hancock, Visit Frankenmuth, Bike ride around Mackinac Island, See Pictured Rocks, Cross the ‘Mighty Mac’ bridge, Visit the Heidelberg project in Detroit, Tulip festival in Holland, Tour Capital in Lansing, visit Mich. cider mills, climb a ‘fire tower’ in northern Mich. etc. the list goes on and on!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      LOVE your list! Couldn’t agree with you more, there are so many amazing things to explore in Michigan.

  30. Bizz Lyons on October 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Every single post that refers to Michigan as the “mitten” is just so grossly idiotic. Being unnecessarily cutesy about geographic landmass simply reiterates why such a large portion of our state is underrepresented and disrespected, and does nothing proactive to change the mindset surrounding it. The UP is not your footnote or tourist paradise.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 24, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Boom goes the dynamite. However, I think judgmental assholes tend to disrespect our state more…but that’s just my opinion.


    • Marie on October 25, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      If you feel so strongly about dissin’ the mitten, why did you even bother to read this article? If people disrespect us because we call it the Mitten, they’re only displaying their own ignorance. Probably the same people who think the U.P. is part of Canada. They don’t care to know and I don’t care to know them. The UP is probably one of the most under appreciated places in the country by those who’ve never been there. Which, ironically, is what makes it one of the most amazing places. Jackwagons who want to develop every scrap of open land leave it alone. *stepping down off of soapbox* Michigan♡

    • Kasot on December 9, 2015 at 1:24 PM

      Bizz, you would probably like Disney world or Disney land. Most of us “explorers need something more.

  31. Lee Ann Langworthy on October 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM

  32. dick sanders on October 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    How do you leave out pictured rock!?

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Most of these I tried uncovering hidden gems, Pictured Rocks is fantastic but everyone knows of them :).

  33. Kirsten Maki on October 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I just moved back to Michigan. I was born and raised on the West Side in a little town called White Cloud. Moved away for 26 years and now live in Ishpeming (near Marquette). I have a done quite a few of these including: 4,6,7,10, 13, 17, 20,21,22,26,28,30,31,38,40,41,41 (last weekend),44, and 45. I would also like to add Visit the Whitefish Point shipwreck museum, look for Agates on a Lake Superior Beach(do that one alot!) climb Sugarloaf Mountain in Marquette.

    • Kirsten Maki on October 24, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Oops, I meant 42 last weekend! 🙂

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      I know White Cloud! They were a rival for my high school growing up (Chippewa Hills) :).

  34. Tricia on October 24, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    My mother-in-law owns the Toy Museum on Beaver Island. . .it is a pretty magical place, even for me and for Mary Rose’s son, Jason. I’m printing your blog out and sending to her through snail mail. . . still no internet at her place! Thanks for including it in your bucket list!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      So cool! No problem. I’ve visited the island every summer since I was born and have never missed spending time there, even if the visits are short. Such a great lady, I always love her radio newscasts and bumper stickers 🙂 s

  35. kaylee verhoeven on October 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM


  36. Scott on October 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Crossing the Mackinac Bridge at night during the Holiday season with the colored lights up. My favorite part ever of driving back and forth between the peninsulas during my college days.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      The bridge at night is so fantastic, I can never get over it.

  37. Marsha on October 24, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    National Holocaust Museum is in Washington DC; Holocaust Memorial is in Michigan

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Nice catch! Thank you 🙂

  38. Cindy on October 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    TipUp Town, USA visit for ice fishing and camping on the ice. Also, Ice Scultures in the U.P. Wonderful place to live and great ideas for the Bucket List.

    • Jelly on October 25, 2014 at 5:11 AM

      13, 21, 22, 26, 28, 32, 33, 35, 38, 39, 43, 44, 45. Great list! Don’t listen to the haters yo! Impossible to include everything and you did a great job. I’ve got some ideas to add to my mitten bucket list.

      • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        And thank you for this great compliment!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Thank you 🙂

  39. Jelly on October 25, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    Oh I almost forgot! When you go to Torch Lake, hit up Brownwood Acres! They have the best doughnuts and the Sunday flea market in the summer is one of my favorite things to do when we are up north. We have a place on the resort property at Shanty Creek 🙂

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Jealous!!! Shanty Creek is one of my favorite places in the winter to enjoying some skiing/snowboarding. That area is so extremely beautiful, thanks for the doughnut idea!

    • Sue on November 15, 2017 at 3:22 AM

      Brownwood is now closed

  40. Julie G on October 25, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    We have lived in MI our whole lives (40+ years) and have done many but not enough. This is our first year with an exchange student, so we’re always looking for something to do. Guess we better print this off and experience the glory of MI. Thanks for the list!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      No problem! Have fun exploring! 🙂

  41. Jim Kolkema on October 25, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    This is a great list, but why single out Grand Rapids when there are so many great breweries in the state? If you are looking for unique try the brewery at Tahquamenon Falls.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Thanks for the idea! I also just checked out Shorts brewery in Bellaire last weekend…very cool!

  42. Ann on October 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    13, 18, 21, 22, 28, 31, 38, 39, 44, 45 though I have been dog sledding in the lower

    • ann on October 25, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Also running across the Ambassador Bridge at sun rise!

  43. Ron R on October 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    I recommend spending the night in a lighthouse in the Keweenaw, we did, and it was amazing. The Victorian Christmas parade in Manistee is gorgeous too.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      What was the lighthouses name? I’d love to do that!

      • Ron R on October 30, 2014 at 5:28 AM

        Jacobsville Lighthouse Inn, in Lake Linden area. Hard to get to, but worth it!

        • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

          I like a challenge 🙂

  44. Marie on October 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    13, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 38, 39, 41, 44 (i own a cabin up north in the UP, does that count?), 45. Sad to say that after almost 40 years of living in this great state, I’ve only done 13 of these.
    But I have climbed the Pine Mountain ski jump, spent hours admiring the rocks at Whitefish Point (my favorite place), explored Piers Gorge and Devil’s Icebox, picked up stray iron ore pellets from the railroad in Iron Mountain (Home of Izzo), and many more. The list is endless of what we Michiganders have access to without ever leaving the state. So blessed!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      We are! Those are all amazing that you have completed. I climbed the Pine Mountain ski jump as a kid and would love to get back and do it again. Thanks for sharing those!

  45. Krista on October 25, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Need a place to stay while Up North? Check out my Farm House vacation rental VRBO #599094

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      I’ll keep it in mind, thanks!

  46. Mary H. on October 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I’ve got 10 under my belt so far. Great list. 🙂

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Thank you!!

  47. Randy Barr on October 25, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Sledding at the Highlands Castle in Canadian Lakes? How fantastic that this made your list. My wife’s father was Donald Bollman. What a great tribute to him.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Awesome!! I grew up in the area and made sure to sled there every winter growing up. Such a beautiful and peaceful place. Thanks for sharing!

  48. Tony on October 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Great ideas!! Keep up expanding the list with your new adventures!

  49. Lori Mills on October 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Take the Toonerville Trolley Train and Boat ride located in Soo Junction off M-28 (Upper Peninsula)

  50. David Racine on October 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Gander at the Ypsilanti water tower.

  51. Mel on October 25, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    So glad Beaver Island made the list. It’s my favorite place in Michigan.

    • Tammy on October 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      I love the Island my mom used to live there year round for about 10 years, it was the best years of her life!!! My daughters and I went up to stay with her as much as we could!!!

    • kmaddux9 on October 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      One of mine also!!! Do you know Eileen W.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      So glad to see so much love for the island on here. You guys rock. Also one of my favorite places in Michigan, I visit every summer!

  52. patburow on October 25, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I have done number 7,20,22,27,28,30,35,44 and 45.

    • Shirley Maxon on October 25, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      You need to add taking a ride thru “The Tunnel of Trees” on M119 and visiting Legg’s Inn.

      • Rachel Saunders on October 25, 2014 at 11:21 PM


      • Zack Kammeraad on October 25, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        M119 ain’t got nothing on U.S. 41.

      • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        I will have to check those out, thanks for suggesting!

      • Peggy on November 18, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        Don’t forget picture rock. Iron mountain, Big bear dunes, and oh so much more. Michigan has some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I traveled all around the state for 11 days and stayed in a different place every day. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

    • Donna Berg on October 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      I have done 3, 4, 6, 13, 18, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30, 31, 33, 38, 39, 42, 44 & 45! Drk Sky PArk is next. Watched cliff jumpers in Marquette, but would never do it!

      • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Jumping would be much easier if the water wasn’t so cold! But I make myself do it at least once a year. 🙂

    • Ardy Pifer on October 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      If you visit Hell, don’t forget to go to Paradise. These are great suggestions! I also loved watching the bears at the Newberry dump. It doesn’t take much to enertain you in Michigan. LOL Also the Cascades at Jackson should be on your bucket list.

      • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Thank you! It sure is hard to get bored in Michigan 🙂

      • Michele Schwind on October 30, 2014 at 7:23 AM

        Paradise is a definite must! Beautiful area. Haven’t been to the dump in Newberry yet but try to go at least once a year to Oswalds Bear Ranch up there.

      • Chuck on October 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        We use to go to the Blaney Park dump to watch the bears! Man, that was 40 years ago!

      • Jean on January 4, 2016 at 7:42 AM

        And Christmas, and ” The Gay Bar” in the tiny village of “Gay” in the UP. Also Grand Marais Insummer and winter. Don’t forget to visit Alden Spice Mill in Alden on Torch Lake, especially in the fall when their garden is full of carved pumpkins.

        Rent a log home for a week in Northern Michigan. Homeaway #304337. Sit in a hot tub and enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the stars or watch the sunrise over a lake with a cup of coffee in the morning. Kayak between breweries in Traverse City, visit Interlochen Arts academy for a concert.

        Thanks for your list. I will provide it for our cabin guests.

  53. Mary Cooney on October 26, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Great list! Every one is worthy of a spot on anyone’s bucket list. Could easily add another 90 to this. Michigan is so awesome! 🙂

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      10000% agree! 🙂

  54. Ray on October 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    I’ve done a good share of these and many more.

    How about, Visit the troll under Cut River Bridge. At least knock on his door, he’s not home very often 🙂
    Ride the steam train at the Buckley Old Engine show.

    • Robin Farr on October 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Cut River Bridge is a beautiful place to take a walk. Its also not a far away place. A hop, skip and jump over the Mackinac Bridge.

      • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Agreed! Very beautiful area

      • [email protected] on October 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        cut river gorge below the bridge is the real secret! you can take the hiking trail down from the rest stop across the rd from the bridge and you have the secluded beach (usually) all to yourself with a view of the bridge!!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      I like those, thanks for sharing!!

  55. Sarah Frantz on October 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    I did kayak to Turnip Rock this summer – awesome trip. I highly recommend it to everyone.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Agreed! I finally did it in September and it was so much fun. We also made it out to the lighthouse. 🙂

      • Michele Schwind on October 30, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        Shalee, how far out is the light house from Turnip Rock? We are planning to kayak to the rock next summer and going to a lighthouse would be great too.

        • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM

          The lighthouse is about 3 miles offshore (although it looks much closer). However, it is definitely doable on a nice day. In the coming weeks I’ll actually have a post up about “The Thumb” and our kayaking adventure. Keep on the lookout for that, it could be very helpful! Thanks!

  56. Nancy clark on October 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    You should also catch a sunrise. I get them every morning. Winter ones are spectacular.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      That is a great suggestion, I love catching Michigan sunrises whenever I’m on the east side. Very lucky you get them every morning!

      • Michele Schwind on October 30, 2014 at 7:28 AM

        If you rent a cottage in Paradise you could catch that sunrise.

  57. Peggy Sjöström on October 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    You missed a really important event – walking the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day! That’s on my bucket list!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Good one! I would love to do that.

  58. Jacquie wood on October 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Hey don’t forget Cops and Doughnuts in Clare, MI it has such a cool story and history and the doughnuts are FABULOUS!!’

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      I LOVE cops and doughnuts! Especially the one topped with Bacon. Great Suggestion!

  59. tillerem on October 26, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Gosh, I’ve got a good amount already done but certainly not all. I know I conquered Sleeping Bear Dunes as a child…I’ll have to start my “done it” and “want to do it” list..

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      good idea! Sleeping Bear Dunes was one of my favorites as a child

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  61. Jen on October 27, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    What about pictured rocks, a tour of a copper mine, bronners Christmas wonderland in franknmuth, the Henry ford and greenfield village, and see the snow in copper harbor(if you can get there) In the winter.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      All great suggestions!

  62. amanda on October 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I can’t believe that jumping off the Petoskey breakwall didn’t make the list!!!!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      I’ll have to check that out!

  63. Jeannie Lewis on October 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    And all I wanted was to take a picture of a bear. Great list, however, you don’t want to miss Manistee!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      LOVE Manistee! You’re right. One of my favorite places as a child.

  64. John on October 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    What about sleep in Flint’s North End?

  65. Amber Wilder on October 28, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    I’ve done 11, but I’m 66 years old, so I won’t be able to do some.You should add eating a lumberjack pasty in the UP.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Yumm, Pasty’s! Now you’ve got my stomach growling.

  66. Larry D. Owens, Jr. on October 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    9-26-38-41-42. HIKE!!!

  67. [email protected] on October 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    You forgot Oqueoc (ah-key-ock) Falls!!

  68. [email protected] on October 29, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Go snowmobiling should have been in there… Were just the state withe the most register snowmobiles in the u.s…. Js

    • Rhonda on October 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      wine tasting on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula!!

      • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        I still need to do that! Thanks for the tip!

  69. Kevin on October 29, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Bay City’s 4th of July Fireworks!

  70. Crystal Butts on October 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    You know? Meijer Garden is interesting. But Dow Gardens in Midland is more of a must-visit. Have you been there?

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Thanks for the idea, Crystal. I never have but now it’s on my list!

  71. Lewis Colon on October 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    You could spend an entire summer just touring the 130+ Michigan breweries.
    Or spend a day exploring Belle Isle.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Belle Isle is very high on my list to explore next. Can’t wait to go! Went to Short’s brewery last weekend also. Very fun!

    • malissa on January 4, 2015 at 9:26 AM

      Belle Isle as a child was the best place ever!

  72. jan of MI on October 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Ride all of the ferries in Mi. I don’t think I will get them all…Drummond Island, Mackinaw Island, Isle Royal, the Ferry from Ludington to Wisconsin, Bois Blanc, Lake Charlevoix, Manitou Island, Sugar Island……

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Great idea! I still have many of those to complete.

    • Tom on November 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      The Ironton Ferry crossing the south arm of Lake Charlevoix or the Saugatuck Chain Ferry (only hand cranked ferry left in the U.S.)

  73. Tam on October 29, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    4, 28, 31 (several times! ❤️), and 41 – born & raised in Michigan – best place on earth!!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Agreed! Love this state.

  74. Stitch on October 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Fantastic List!! I would suggest adding a visit to Crossroads Village including a ride on the Huckleberry RR and the Genesee Belle Paddle Boat on Mott Lake (Genesee County) 🙂

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      All added to my list of new places to explore, thank you!

  75. Kathleen Gutierrez on October 30, 2014 at 5:02 AM

    Visit the NOAA museum in Alpena (the only NOAA museum in the interior of this country, not on an ocean) and go on a glass bottom boat ride looking at shipwrecks.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Very cool fact! Thanks for sharing

  76. Mary Bruce on October 30, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    Well, have done 14 of them, couldn’t count cross country skiing up the Taquamennon (sp?) River to the falls, cause we didn’t climb the mostly frozen falls. You need to experience the Music house museum in Traverse city area, castle farms in Charlevoix, pick a bucket of sun warmed blueberries, hike the painted rocks, walk the Mackinac bridge, definitely do the fall color tour to Leggs inn. Yep, lots of fun in all seasons in Michigan. My favorites are the sunsets and lighthouses.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Sunsets and Lighthouses are my absolute favorite. They will never get old. Thanks for the ideas!

  77. Suzanne on October 30, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    I’m sorry, but the National Holocaust Museum is in Washington, D.C. Editors, where are you? There is a Holocaust Museum Center in Farmington, Michigan, however. Bad editing.

    • Judy on October 30, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      The Henry Ford (museum and Greenfield Village) should be near the top of this list, along with a Tiger’s game!!

      • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Is it crazy that I’ve NEVER been to a Tiger’s game?! What’s wrong with me?!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      No professional editors here! Completely self-run by yours-truly. Mistakes happen and I’m aware of the error.

  78. Marie H on October 30, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Born in the UP, transplanted to the LP. I LOVE this state; I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I’ve done many of them. Add to the list. 1) Climb Sugarloaf Mountain off M550 in Marquette. 2) Drive to the top of Marquette Mountain for a GREAT view of the city and the lake. 3) Cycle the Leelanau Peninsula; awesome woop de doo hills, great views everywhere. 4) Soo Locks. 5) Ride your bike across the International Bridge at the Soo into Canada. 6) Ride ANY Michigan bike path. We have the most paths in the country. 7) Brockway Mountain Drive in the Keewanau. 8) Attend a Michigan PowWow. 9) Visit the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing. There are many more; but I need to get back to work!!

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      All fantastic ideas, Marie! Thanks for sharing, I’ll have to get started on those!

    • amy on January 7, 2015 at 6:05 AM

      What about dead river falls in marquette? Jumping off the rocks right next to the waterfall is amazing. Plus there is a nice little hike to get there. Love it. One of my favorite places.

  79. JonathanWB on October 30, 2014 at 9:13 AM
  80. jackie fortin on October 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Eastern market on a Saturday morning, then to the Riverwalk. Eat off of a food truck, yum.

    • ShaleeWanders on October 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      I love food truck food! There’s just something about it.

  81. kandyce on October 30, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    how did the tulip festival in holland not make it on here???

    • Carol Sweatland on October 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Have done 13, 21, 22, 28, 30, 33, 39 and 44. Some other good options in Michigan that I have enjoyed: dinner in Frankenmuth, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Crossroads Village in Flint, crossing the Mackinac Bridge, Crim Festival of Races in Flint, canoeing on the Au Sable River in Oscoda, Scottish festival in Alma, pasties in St. Ignace, Detroit Zoo, Potter’s Park Children’s Zoo in Lansing…

    • Rose on October 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Visit 3 amazing historical ships in Muskegon — the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper (a US National Landmark), the LST-393, and the USS Silversides nuclear submarine!

      • Marie H on October 31, 2014 at 4:49 AM

        And don’t forget the Coast Guard icebreaker Mackinaw in Mackinac City.

  82. Cheryl Kuebler on October 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Climb the dune at Lumberman’s Monument, climb down the trail at Iargo Springs and wade in the waters ay Oqueoc Falls

  83. Evelyn on October 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Whitefish Point & the Shipwreck Museum. Being there for the ringing of the Edmund Fitzgerald bell is haunting.

  84. Gary Kuyper on October 31, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    1, 4, 7, 13, 14 On a stand up board, 15, 17, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30, 32, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 and 44.. Love Kayaking the Platte, Rouge and Crystal Rivers

  85. Teresa on October 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    And the Bridge Walk! It’s awesome!

  86. Amy on November 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Snorkeling the ship wrecks or scuba diving in the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary. Alpena Michigan

  87. Anne Christensen on November 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    I want to spend a week on Mackinaw Island in the winter.

  88. Anne on November 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Cross the Ice Bridge

    • Mike Palko on November 11, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      I just suggested this as well Anne! My sisters and I made the walk in February of 2014. It was awesome!

  89. Lisa on November 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Must do in the mitten???? That’s not right at all

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  92. firstpeter3fifteen on November 4, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Lordy, Lordy Shalee– you have done a ton for a 21 year old!! Congratulations. I’ve done about half the things on your list. Stuff you need to add: 1) the graffiti-filled Dequindre Cut bike/jogging path in Detroit 2) Pewabic Tile factory in Detroit 3) John K King Bookstore (4 floors and over a million books) 4) our world class DIA 5) downtown Rochester Christmas lights 6) Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit 7) Ice skating at campus Martius 8) Chelsea’s Purple Rose Theatre 9) Art Prize in Grand Rapids 10) Tony’s at Birch Run 11) Achatz Pies were voted #1 in America! 12) Air Zoo of Kalamazoo 13) Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne! And I have so many more….Good luck with your adventures. Suzie

  93. Matthew P. Benjamin on November 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Add “attend Les Preludes concert at the end of the summer season at the Interlochen Center for the Arts!”

  94. joellen gilchrist on November 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    33 of them! (Don’t want to type them all in…) Except for 15 months, have spent 69 years in Mich.

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  96. Mark Suydam on November 7, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    International Freedom Festival fireworks (in June NOT 4th of July). ANY of the museums and gardens, like the Dossin Great Lakes museum on Belle Isle (and many more too numerous to mention. And a correction the USS Silversides is a diesel powered sub). Canoeing or tubing on a river, such as the Pere Marquette, Pine, Au Sable, Muskegon, Two Hearted, even the Huron (although I wouldn’t recommended the Huron for tubing). Charter (or pier) fishing for trout, salmon, walleye, or perch. Visit Big Spring (Kitch-iti-kipi). Tour a copper and or iron mine, and while you are up there stop at Da Yoopers tourist trap.

  97. Mike Palko on November 11, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Loved this! I have a suggestion for another one you could add to the list:

    Walk the “Ice Bridge” to Mackinac Island.

    My sisters and I did this in February of 2014, and it was an amazing experience! To see the island in the winter is almost surreal. The hustle and bustle of summer is nowhere to be found. The sidewalks are empty. The shops are closed down. Instead of bicycles, the street is lined with snowmobiles. You can grab lunch, and a beer, at the Mustang Lounge…but don’t come looking for fudge.

    Round trip, it is roughly 11 miles worth of walking, but it is worth every mile. To see the Mighty Mac from standing out on Lake Huron is just awesome. If you ever get the chance, drive to St. Ignace and walk the ice bridge.

    • Karl Nurmi on November 11, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      Mackinac Island in the winter is awesome. Snowmobiling or Cross country skiing is also a great way not only to cross over but to see the island in all its winter glory!! Just realise that the “Ice Bridge” can be very dangerous and conditions can change in minutes. Always excercise caution when planning an excursion out onto the open ice.

  98. b on November 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    My hubby and I had our first date in Hell and honeymooned in Paradise!!!

  99. Sarah Elizabeth on November 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Also, watch a sunrise on Lake Huron- amazing! I have plenty of pics if you need!

  100. Guy on November 23, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    Every one should drive M22

  101. Rosie on November 25, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    how about golfing any of the gorgeous courses in Northern Michigan. Also, canoeing on the AuSable in the fall near Oscoda is awesome. Smelt fishing in Tawas in February. Cross Country skiing in the Huron National Forest out of Mio. Mackinaw Island lilac festival bike ride. Michigan Adventure Park on the west side. Lived in MI 62 years now and love my state.

  102. debra hoeker on November 25, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Do the luge run at Muskegon winter sports complex and you can also skate the lighted skating trail.

    • Tom on November 30, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Almost 50% completed! I’ve been lucky enough to see & visit many incredible parts of the world but Michigan is one special place. I grew up here near Grand Ledge (did the ledges innumerable times – way before they were popular!), had family cottages in central Michigan and on Little Traverse Bay (possibly one of the most beautiful spots in MI) went to MSU AND UM!, moved away for many years and never found another place like this.

      You’re so right….if you’re bored here – then YOU must be boring!! The bucket list could be quadrupled or more depending on a person’s “likes”. A pet peeve are those with the “winter blahs”… It’s caused by them SITTING inside and looking outside! Not into winter sports (an endless list of those here…)? Then open the door and go for a walk! There are winter days so bright that it nearly blinds you but will forever be imprinted on your spirit.

      Summer, Winter, Fall or Spring – Michigan is a place of natural wonder. It can’t be truly seen in a book or video – it’s got to be experienced personally. It’s no mistake that once one of the state slogans was:

      Winter, Water Wonderland

      • richbutton on January 2, 2015 at 1:21 PM

        4,6,13,15,16,17,21,22,26,27,28,30,31,35,39,42,43,44,45 so far… Another must is hike the 40 mile trail from Grand Maris to Munising via the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Trail. 2-3 days is all you need. Late August-Early Sept. recommended.

      • dee on January 5, 2015 at 11:47 AM

        This is the coolest post I’ve seen. I totally agree with you. Glad to be back after living in Arizona for 30 years.

      • Pamela OBrien on January 12, 2015 at 12:10 AM

        I’m a true Michigan Girl….Born and lived most of my life in Metro-Detroit but I I’ve lived all around the state, large and very small cities. You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! Thanks for saying so!

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  104. Brian on January 2, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    I need to leave San Diego and move back to Michigan…NOT

    • Van Shteffy on January 7, 2015 at 9:22 AM

      You are very smart to leave mich I gone.

  105. Carol on January 3, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    The AuSable River Canoe Marathon from Grayling to Oscoda, the last weekend in July.

  106. Monica on January 3, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    I recommend Stone Circle. Terry Wooten is one of the last poet bards. Very powerful and enriching!!

    • Maggie on January 4, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      Agree wholeheartedly. I’ve been, and this is a stunning summer evening experience.

    • NJMcGavin on January 9, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      I love that the first picture on your blog is my hometown of Ludington. Make sure you check out The Mitten Bar ( and its co-located sister bar, Barley&Rye, next time you’re there. Cheers!

  107. Stacy N Holbrook on January 3, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    I have done 8, 21,22,26,27,28,30,31,32,35,38, I also to the boat tour around Pictured Rocks and Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village,

    • susanmelland on January 6, 2015 at 11:31 PM

      These were two I wanted to add, too! And, as a Hollander, I have to add “see the tulips in Holland during Tulip Time”!

      • susanmelland on January 6, 2015 at 11:34 PM

        Oh, and visit wineries on Old Mission peninsula and attend a concert at the outdoor bandshell at Interlochen.

  108. G on January 3, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Visit the country’s first and only Barstillery™: Flat Lander’s in GR

  109. debthompson (@debthompson) on January 3, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Great bucket list. I’ve completed many of these and would add the following:

    Visit Frankenmuth
    Bird watch in Seney Nature Preserve
    Drink wine around Leelanau Peninsula
    Visit the ‘middle earth’ houses in Petoskey
    Overnight at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac
    Climb Castle Rock in St. Ignace
    Explore Lakenenland sculpture park
    Attend a Michigan beer festival
    Go agate hunting in the U.P.
    Visit Pictured Rocks
    Take the ferry from Ludington to Wisconsin.

    Yeah, I kind of love this state 3 seasons out of the year!

    • Malissa on January 4, 2015 at 9:11 AM

      And also look for Petoskey Stones in Petoskey

    • Daniel De Kok on January 4, 2015 at 1:51 PM

      Which season don’t you like–winter, or construction?

  110. Marie H on January 4, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Oh, Deb, I forgot about Lakenenland. Very neat little sculpture park outside of Marquette.

  111. jackie on January 4, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    The Big Spring at Kitchi-ta-Kippee is a must see!!

    • Rosanne on January 10, 2015 at 7:56 AM

      Yes Jackie..that is a must see quick stop! Beautiful!

  112. Sondra on January 4, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Climb to Marblehead on Drummond Island! Love Michigan

    • Ryan on January 4, 2015 at 5:57 PM

      46. Catch a salmon on Lake Michigan. Go fishing for native Lake Trout off Stannard Rock light house in Lake Superior.

    • Debbie on January 4, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      Live on Drummond! It’s great!

  113. Polencha on January 4, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    I have had the pleasure of experiencing 1,4,6,13,14,17,21,22,26,27,28,30,35,36,38,39,44,and 45. Would love to complete your list, plus some of the other additions that others have had in the comments.

  114. Jess on January 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    You guys need to add going on a tour of the motown museum. Pretty legendary for Detroit!

  115. Darin Huizenga on January 4, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    We live on a state surrounded by the one of the greatest fresh water fisheries in the world and not a single mention of fishing the Great Lakes baffles me. Also, the only mention of any hunting is mushroom hunting. Michigan has the greatest number of boat registrations in the US and the only mention of any kind of boating activity is sailing? Going to visit a toy museum and going to Hell makes the list but omit the most obvious puzzles me.

  116. julie on January 4, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Have To spend more than just a day at torch lake, it’s beautiful up there. Bring about and go to the sand bar. Huge party

  117. jeff beal on January 4, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    I’m thinking its a great list, but you forgot catching a salmon or other big fish.

  118. penny on January 4, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Tulip week in Holland

  119. Lia on January 5, 2015 at 1:53 AM

    Canoeing the AuSable a must, fly fish the Thornapple, Coast Guard fest Grand Haven, Wheatland Music Festival, Bell’s Brewery, bike ride around Mackinaw Island… buy the fudge too, and don’t forget to fly a kite, chill at the Gillmore car museum, Art hop, dance with Kalamazoo Salsa, go hunting, parasail, buy Ice Cream in Plainwell, eat pizza at Papa Pete’s, Blues on the Mall in Grand Rapids, Island fest Arcadia, Fireworks in west branch, eat a Cheeseburger at the Sidney Tavern, hang out with Lions and Tigers, play in a corn field and take a dirt road to find out where it goes.

  120. Lisa on January 5, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Funny how you say “45 must-dos in the ‘Mitten'” but #! is in the U.P.

    • Thornton on January 18, 2015 at 4:49 PM

      You are not the only person to notice such an odd mistake. I am surprised that it has not been corrected yet.

  121. Kurt on January 5, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    See a game at the Big House. Play golf at Arcadia Bluffs or Greywalls. Visit Greenfield Village. Tour Cranbrook. Canoe the Au Sable. Wine tour of Leelenau.

  122. Kurt on January 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    13,27,35,39,41, these r da ones I’ve done so far….next on da list I would like to do next is 24 or 40

  123. dee on January 5, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Kool bucket list. Love all the added comments. Although I have done 25 here, I am making my own list today. Any ideas for winter besides cross country skiing at ForMar? And all the OTE places I have in this beautiful state!

    • Pam on January 6, 2015 at 8:57 AM

      Elk Viewing Sleigh Ride with Gourmet dinner at Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman

      • dee on January 8, 2015 at 11:37 AM

        Awesome reply. Definitely going to Google that Pam Thanks!

  124. Mike Talbert on January 5, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Camp at Tawas state park and see the sunrise and sunset!

    • Aaron Keefe on January 5, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      How about catch a trout on a dry fly? Fish town, Tailgate at Spartan Stadium, hike the Jordan River pathway, eat a pasty, drive in a lake effect whiteout, pick apples, shop at the Rustbelt market in Ferndale, DIA, DSO, jazz concert at MSU. Yes, trout fishing is a must…

      • Steve on January 12, 2015 at 7:53 AM

        Yep…nothing like the MSU campus on a Fall afternoon…Also, spend the day on Glen Lake and have a burger and beer at Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor!

  125. caleb Dugan on January 6, 2015 at 5:21 AM

    1 4 15 28 39 41 45 but I want to do all of them!

  126. Judy on January 6, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Ann Arbor Art Fair.

  127. kora on January 6, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    You should add to this to visit the hunter ice festival in Niles, its always one weekend one January! Very cool thing to do!

  128. Erin Horgan-Gravelle on January 6, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    A lot of these are in the non-mitten part of of Mi!!!!! Obviously, I’m a Yooper :p. All wonderful suggestions, a lot of which I’ve done myself. Mitten or non-mitten, Michigan sure is beautiful!!!

  129. Julie ledford Durbin on January 6, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    There are some HUGE things you missed!
    #1 Holland michigan tulip fest beautiful and fun
    this event made me want to move to Holland MI
    #2 Frankenmuth ICE sculpture festival
    this event is simply amazing creative and artistic
    #3 Cross roads Railraod village Christmas lights
    I also truly enjoy halloween at crossroads
    #4 GHETTO Beauty of Stepping stone falls
    even in the poor places of michigan there is beautiful places.

    • Colleen on January 6, 2015 at 6:31 PM

      Art Prize in Grand Rapids;
      Curwood Castle in Owosso;
      Bronners in Frankenmuth;
      Walk the Boardwalk in Grand Haven;
      See the Musical Fountain in Grand Haven;
      Eat pizza at Fricano’s in Grand Haven;
      Saugatuck Shoreline shops;
      Leg’s Inn in Cross Village;
      Tahquamenon Falls in the winter;
      Dune Rides at Silver Lake – Mears;
      Steelhead fishing in the Little Manistee River

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  131. Diane on January 6, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Make it happen…. I went from Jan 2014 feeling great and walking fine to almost handicapped in six months.. Enjoy every second of good health and make all those memories. Good luck!!

  132. john leffew on January 6, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    how about the hash bash in ann arbor

  133. Mo on January 7, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    Go snipe hunting

    • nana on January 7, 2015 at 7:22 AM

      always a must.. especially when you’re a youngin”

  134. Van Shteffy on January 7, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Round Island next to Mackinac Island is a great adventure. You can rent a kayak at and they will set up a kayak adventure to Round Island. Ask about camping on the island. There is no charge to stay on the island and there is pirate treasure buried there.
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  135. Diane Layhew on January 7, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Canoe the River Raisin in Monroe.

    • dee on January 8, 2015 at 11:40 AM

      My aunt is a nun in retirement there. We always drive the Raisin River drive into Monroe. How gorgeous!

  136. melissa on January 7, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    lakenland sculpture park in the UP. its amazing and its FREE!!!

  137. Emma on January 7, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Great list! I would add Oktoberfest in Frankenmuth.

    • steve on January 12, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      I remember going to the “Barbarian” Festival back in the 70’s…wild..

  138. Larry Horstman on January 7, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Great list & lots of commenters have added some excellent options. But I am amazed that neither (that I could detect) have suggested Walk the Mighty Mac – can only be done one day per year whereas all the others have multiple opportunities.

  139. becky on January 8, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    I would add Frankenmuth, Fishtown in Leland, and the Cherry Festival in Traverse City. When in TC stop by the Grand Traverse Pie Company for a slice of deliciousness, the State Theater for a step back in time, and a perch dinner at Sleders to kiss the moose!!!

  140. crystal lee on January 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    I have completed numerous adventures on this list. I would add one to the list that i have done. Visit the BIG HOUSE, UofM! I worked there for a football season, and in the morning before a football game I would run the top walkway around the stadium.
    Also add canoe the river raisin or any one of the numerous rivers. Or polar bear swim and Possey lake.

  141. dee on January 8, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Just looked up one of the winter suggestions. The sleigh ride to view elk at a resort in Hillman was way too expensive for this retired teacher. Guess I will just have to continue cross country skiing this awesome, beautiful state. ..

  142. angie on January 8, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Tigers, Lions and/or Pistons. Meadow Brook Hall – tea, tour or Holiday Walk. Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre.

  143. Jessie Hadley on January 8, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Visiting the Les Cheneaux Islands, kayaking with Woods & Water Ecotours, renting a cabin along the water and chilling out on Lake Huron.

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  145. Mary Ellen on January 10, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    This is a wonderful bucket list of sites in Michigan, but they aren’t all in the Mitten. You’ll have to cross the magnificent Mackinac Bridge to experience many of these sites. 🙂 How about checking out Tahqumenon Falls in the winter, visit Kitch-Iti-Ki-Pi-the Big Spring near Manistique in the summer, visit an abandoned copper mine or take a color tour up Brockway Mountain Drive in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

  146. snf on January 10, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Visit all waterfalls in UP. Drive as far north as u can Brockway mt. Visit all big lake beaches. See eagles nest.

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  148. JamL Barber on January 11, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Missed several! I’ve got to get busy. A little tough from here in Fl. Jim

  149. MaddiLK on January 12, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    I feel like you have to add Tulip Time in Holland, MI…. Too wonderful to overlook <3

  150. Myrna from Honor on January 12, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    What about Sleeping Bear Dunes and the entire Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Can’t bear the beauty.

  151. MichiChick4EVR on January 21, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    How about ice fishing at Tip-Up Town in Houghton Lake? Snowmobiling? How about the Gold Wing Rider’s Association’s “Midnight Ride” – the motorcyclists leave Grand Rapids at midnight and cross the Mackinaw Bridge at sunrise!? What about Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin each May?

  152. Money Mark on January 22, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    #16 #21 #23 my favorite) #26 #28 #33 #38 #45 all were completed still have so many more to go!!

  153. beth on January 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    you missed visiting worlds largest Christmas store in Frankenmuth and eating some chicken at lil Bavaria

    • Dottie on March 15, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      Yes, Bronners is a good addition.

  154. Wendi on January 27, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    love this list…and other ideas from readers….another fun winter idea is .the LUGE in Muskegon ..(check out which is the Muskegon Winter Sports complex for the luge and other winter fun…like ice skating a wooded trail..snow shoeing…cross country skiing etc

    • ShaleeWanders on January 27, 2015 at 3:38 PM

      Yes! I am doing the Luge this winter and am beyond excited to try it out! Fantastic suggestion.

  155. Mark Suydam on January 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Charter or pier fishing for trout, salmon, walleye, perch. Dip net for carp, or suckers. Go smelting (I haven’t checked that one off either). Scuba dive a wreck. Go on a train, or river boat tour. Eat at Greek Town and I DON’T mean the casino, “Opa”! Also sample Mexitown, and Poletown. Also in Detroit visit Bell Isle (Dossin Great Lakes Museum, ant the conservatory), AND Eastern Market. Get some Pinconning cheese in Pinconning (and for the more adventurous 10yr aged cheddar, or blind robins – a strong heavily smoked fish). OH oh oh, fudge from the Mackinaw area! Also visit ANY of the dozens of museums and planetariums. And there are many Rails to Trails bike paths. Skiing (alpine, X-C, and water), and snow tubing. Aerial color tour, sand dune ride, hunt for Petoskey stones or agates. Jump or dive from a seawall / pier (be careful of conditions, have 2 exit plans).

    • Jerri A. Smith on February 18, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      I just bought some Pinconning cheese today, at Wilsons cheese shop in Pinconning! Of course, I live in Standish, so that probably doesn’t count. 🙂

  156. Janet on February 1, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    What’s in Hell?

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  158. Theresa Wonnacott on February 10, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    What about kayaking picture rocks?

  159. Kristy Kirk on February 17, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    I have only done 8 things on this list. But there are so many things that have been left out. Like walking across the Mackinaw, Going to Port Huron and sitting under the bridge watching the boats go through. Taking a canoe trip down the Au Sable. The lighthouse tour that goes around Michigan, Frankenmuth Winter fest. Snowmobile races, Fireworks in Bay City. The hot air ballon festival in Metamora. (for those who don’t want to go in one. It’s still awesome to watch them all take off. Michigan has some amazing things to do and some really beautiful places to see. 🙂

  160. Connie Strange on February 18, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    You have a great list of which I’ve been fortunate to have done many! I’d like to add: Eat a Pastie from Ste St Marie, Camp in the Huron National Forest and Check out the Northern Lights from the UP.

  161. Laura Olson on February 22, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    I would much rather kayak Pictured Rocks. I can’t believe that is not on your list.

    • Ed on February 25, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      Walking the Mackinaw Bridge on labor day WE should have on list also. Wished I saw this 20 years ago, done of few of these but now most wont get done too darn old.

      • Darsie on March 13, 2015 at 1:16 PM

        I completely understand your comment!

  162. Brooklynn on February 28, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    What about bike time? Unity? Staying at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac? Some of the best things!!

  163. Susan Troyer on February 28, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Cross the “ice bridge” on a snow mobile

  164. John Porter on March 9, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    You forgot to list: Slide down the luge track in Negaunee, site of international competition!

    • elizabeth on March 11, 2015 at 8:20 AM

      You left off drive through the tunnel of trees! and shop at the Detroit Eastern Market on a saturday morning! the list goes could go on and on..that’s what we love about Michigan!

  165. kim b. on March 11, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Climb Castle Rock near St. Ignace in the U. P.
    Visit Hartwick Pines near Grayling.

  166. john burby on March 13, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Take a lighthouse tour so many to see their all a bit different but don’t forget to do some ice fishing on lake Superior and eat some smoked white fish witch is the best

  167. Darsie on March 13, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    How about the Ice Caves at Apostle Island? have been open the past two winters due to the deep freezing.

  168. sbayviewer on March 14, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    What about copper harbor, pictured rock, SOO locks, eat a pasty, Shipwreck Museum, legs inn, ice fishing, the tunnel of trees in Harbor springs,

  169. Wanda Smith on April 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Visit Curwood Castle in historic Owosso MI. While you’re there, see the home of Thomas Dewey.

  170. Tracy on April 7, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    another list that could be cobbled together with a couple internet searches….not a bucket list, an ‘obvious’ list

  171. Amber on April 7, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Fishtown in Glenn Arbor should be added. It was so interesting when I visited there!!

  172. Mary Andersen on April 8, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    I love this list. Makes me sad that I’ve missed so many wonderful experiences. Could someone please do a Michigan Bucket List for the “pretty old, mostly handicapped, and definitely unwealthy folks of Michigan? My mountain climbing days are over. Actually, gentle hills were more my thing. I’d love to see a list for Seniors. My best friend, Arther Itis, and I need to gather some coins from under the couch cushions, and get moving!

  173. Wes on May 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    I would add; enjoy a cold beer at the Gay bar.

  174. Bruce H. on May 20, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Shalee ~

    What a Great Project to describe how to get more familiar with “The Great Lake State!”

    A very unique & interesting way to learn about Michigan’s attractions first-hand!

    One definitely needs to: Stay Overnight at The Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island)!

    And, while on The Island: Visit a taffy shop and eat a “freshly-made” sample!
    Rent bicycles and cycle around the Island’s perimeter.

    My favorite spot for meditation and inspiration:
    Walking to the end of the Pier ~ South Haven Lighthouse…go at nighttime or early in the morning…so you have the ambiance & peace just for yourself! 🙂

    Again, great endeavor…

    Bruce H. (Kalamazoo area)

  175. ltagg on May 20, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    I would add…
    Swim in each of the Great Lakes…even Lake Ontario

    Enjoy some of the great local festivals. …like Cheeseburger/Caseville

    But most of all…attend a small town Memorial Day Parade…the type of small town with only one stoplight …one gas station…and no fast food restaurants. Attending a small town Memorial Day Parade will make the patriotism swell up inside of you!

  176. Camille Jourden-Mark on May 20, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Michigan’s Adventure – Shivering Timbers – one of the best wooden roller coasters ever!!

  177. Dave on January 6, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Sunrise from the walk bridge at the mouth of the Two Hearted River,and a canoe trip on the Two Hearted.

  178. Adam on January 20, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Muskegon Winter Sports Complex!!!
    Luge Track, Lighted Ice Skating Trail through the woods, lighted groomed Xcountey skiing, and Snowshoe trails!

  179. Pamela on April 20, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    4,6,7,13,18,21,26,28,30,31,35,38,39, 40,41,43,44,45 #lovepuremichigan

  180. Keaton on July 17, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Is hell a place in Michigan?

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


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

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

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

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

  184. 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.

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