If you didn’t know already, Michigan is full of amazing destinations. Because of the amount of excellent destinations, it’s tough to decide on 5. The list could be endless but I want to keep it short and sweet for all of my readers. Now that you know, we will dive into 5 of the best places to visit in Michigan

Best Places to Visit in Michigan: Top 5 in 2021

  • Marquette
  • Detroit
  • Grand Rapids
  • Ann Arbor
  • Traverse City

In no particular order these are my 5 best places to visit in Michigan.


best places to visit in michigan

Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is Marquette. Marquette is one of my favorites in Michigan for its natural beauty, small town community, and excellent outdoor activities. If you have to pick one place to visit in Michigan (without snow) make it Marquette. If you need some ideas of what to do while visiting Marquette, here are a few guides below.


Detroit had to make the list, its the capital right? Besides its honorary capital status, Detroit has shown significant signs of growth in recent years making it a much more desirable place to visit. With its recent surge in the Technology, those looking for a new city to start a career in the Tech field might want to consider the Michigan capital.

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is the United States Beer drinking capital. If that doesn’t excite you then don’t worry there’s plenty more in store for you. Grand Valley State, a thriving food scene and a river that runs right through the heart of town, make Grand Rapids one of the best destinations to visit in Michigan.

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan. Have you ever experienced a Michigan football game at the big house? That alone is one of the reasons Ann Arbor is a top destination for someone visiting Michigan. Aside from Football, Ann Arbor is a beautiful city with stunning natural beauty such as a river that cuts through the city.

Traverse City

Traverse City is positioned in the North West corner of Michigan. Aside from being Cherry Capital of the world, Traverse City has a host of offerings that appeal to visitors such as:

  • Rolling Hills of Vineyards
  • High Saturation of Downtown Breweries and Restaurants
  • Lovely waterfront attractions
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Park

Mark your calendar for Cherry Fest and don’t skip out on Traverse City Pie Company!

Best Places in Michigan and more

Like I stated in the introduction, Michigan has a plethora of incredible destinations. These 5 are my favorite for different reasons but are all worth a visit! I know many people will agree with me on some and many will wish I never mentioned any. Whether you do or don’t, I hope this will help some of those who have never been to any and need a starting point for the state!

Seasonality will drastically affect these destinations as well! If you can’t handle winters, then the Upper Peninsula city of Marquette will be an absolute no go. For these reasons, its important to remember what season you are visiting and what you are visiting for.

What’s your Best places to visit in Michigan list look like?

Have you been to Michigan before? Have you made it to any of these places? If so, do you feel like they are worthy of their ranking? Drop a comment and let me know. I would love to hear what your top 5 cities are. If you need a tailored itinerary for the state, please message me and let me be your Michigan Trip Planner

As always, thank you for reading and hope to see you in Michigan or somewhere else in this world. Until then, keep exploring and living!

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