End of Summer Inspiration

Photo by - Chris Arace

M37 Road Trip


While summer isn’t quite over, it is starting to wind down, and you may be thinking about planning one more big trip or even a few more day trips before the leaves start to change and the weather begins to cool. When we asked our fans planning a vacation if they prefer to get there fast and take the highways, or enjoy the journey, taking back roads and making stops along the way, most of them said they enjoyed taking their time.

With that in mind, one of our Facebook fans was recently inspired by our barn photo theme, and took her kids out for a barn hunt of their own! Some of the other recent photo themes have been sunrises & sunsets, and lighthouses. Maybe it’s time to go on a lighthouse road trip with family and friends! It’s a great opportunity to see beautiful lighthouses and experience some areas of the state you may have never seen before.

 Photo Credit - Steve OsgaWe also have more than 50 pre-designed road trips, many with themes such as Hemingway’s Michigan, Historic Harbortowns, Ports of Call, and more. There are road trips for every area of the state, so whether you want to make it a trip closer to home, or a week-long vacation, you have plenty of options.


Need more inspiration? Depending on where you are in the state, these places can be part of a day trip, or added to your vacation itinerary!Photo by - Sandi Hansen



michigan.org has even more travel suggestions! You can search by the area you are interested in, and then narrow it down by event and things to do. It’s a great way to research the area where you live or are visiting, or to find inspiration for a trip to a new location.

Photo by  - Catherine BradfieldEvery month we post an Events Roundup featuring events in every area of the state. We organize the events by region, making it easy to find events close to home, or when visiting a new area. From our August Events Roundup, you can see that there are still lots of festivals to check out in August.

Of course, you don’t want to forget to enjoy this nice weather! Sometimes all you need to do is get outside and swim in one of Michigan’s beautiful lakes, play on the beach, take a hike, or hop on a bike!

We hope that these suggestions will inspire you to make those end of summer plans and enjoy the rest of this Pure Michigan summer.