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

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

  2. 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!

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

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

  4. 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)

  5. 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!

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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

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

    Is hell a place in Michigan?

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