Every week we have a dialogue with our Facebook fans and Twitter followers in order to provide you with the very best Michigan travel-related information. Here are a few of the questions that we asked, and you answered this week.
The heatwave that gripped most of the state this week had many people thinking about ways to cool down. With that in mind, we asked fans on Twitter to share some of their favorite lakes to take a swim.
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With 78 state parks, 19 state recreation areas, and 6 state forests, Michigan has the largest state park and state forest system of any state, so it’s no wonder that camping and Michigan are almost synonymous.
Locals and visitors alike love to get away to one of the more than 1,200 Michigan campgrounds for a weekend (or longer!) of outdoor adventure.
Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region pleases all with a nice mix of art, shopping and outdoorsy activities to satisfy both your cultural and outdoor cravings. Cynthia Earhart, a contributing writer for Michigan Travel Ideas, spends a weekend exploring the Michigan Tri-Cities of Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the surrounding area.
Are you looking for something close by for you and the kids to do this summer? In Michigan, you’re never more than a one tank trip away from a zoo. If you’re looking for smaller petting zoos and farms, where you can get up close and personal to the animals, or a large zoo with exotic animals from all over the world, Michigan has them both!
Detroit Zoo – The Detroit Zoo was the first in the United States to use open natural exhibits, and features 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits with 1300 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates of 250 different species
Potter Park Zoo – This 100 acre park features the county zoological park with over 400 different animal species, plus playground, picnic areas, pony and camel rides, petting zoo, gardens and more.
Claudia Capos, a contributing writer for Michigan Travel Ideas, explores Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria along the banks of the Cass River. Settled by German immigrants in 1845, Frankenmuth holds on to some of the most appealing features of its heritage, including Bavarian-themed shops, inns, restaurants, breweries, as well as a few newcomers.
It’s only midmorning in Frankenmuth, but this Bavarian-theme town (86 miles northwest of Detroit) already reverberates with music and merriment. A spirited band cranks out polkas in the Fischer Platz by the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, and every hour, the 35-bell carillon inside the Inn’s glockenspiel tower plays upbeat German melodies. I try to convince my husband to join in, as a few couples clap and swing their partners to the music.