Five Spectacular Michigan Destinations Nominated for 8th Wonder of the World

We all know that Michigan is a beautiful state and home to some pretty amazing places, but are we home to any “wonders of the world?” Travel website Virtual Tourist is on a quest to find the 8th Wonder of the World, and several Michigan spots are in the running.

Below see a roundup of the Michigan destinations up for the title and vote for your favorite here from now through September 30th.  

What do you consider the “8th Wonder of the World?” Tell us in the comments below.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Empire, Mich.
Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore encompasses a 60 km (35 mi.) stretch of Lake Michigan’s eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park was established primarily for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations and ancient glacial phenomena. Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Lakeshore also contains many cultural features including an 1871 lighthouse, three former Life-Saving Service/Coast Guard Stations and an extensive rural historic farm district. Learn more about the Sleeping Bear Dunes here.

Frankenmuth, Mich.
Willkommen. In German it means welcome. In Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria, welcome to family time, welcome to playtime, welcome to Christmas time all year long. It’s a place with horse-drawn carriages and covered bridges, riverboat cruises and world famous chicken dinners, big water parks and small-town strolls. Frankenmuth is the perfect place to simplify the agenda and spend the whole day with family. Frankenmuth is a place to enjoy the simple things in life. More information can be found on Frankenmuth’s website and in the video below.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids, Mich.
One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves more than a half-million visitors annually. Meijer Gardens was recently ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news. The 132-acre grounds feature Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Moore, Bourgeois and Plensa, among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Picasso, Degas, di Suvero, Borofsky, Calder and Chadwick. Click here for more information.

Soo Locks
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
The Soo Locks have already been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and are still the largest & one of the busiest waterway traffic systems on earth! Watching huge vessels pass through the Locks is a unique experience that cannot be seen anywhere else in the United States! The Locks consist of two canals and four locks that allow vessels of many types/sizes to safely traverse the 21-foot drop in elevation of the St. Mary’s River between Lake Superior and Lakes Michigan and Huron. From viewing decks, you can watch “Lakers” and “Salties” (ocean-going vessels) as they travel the seaway between ports and navigate the rise/drop of the water levels. More information can be found at the Soo Locks website.

Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area
Saugatuck, Mich.
The Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area is a 173-acre tract of magnificent duneland along the Lake Michigan shore owned by the City of Saugatuck. The land is home to several species of rare plants, birds and animals, and demonstrates the unique geological and ecological features of Great Lakes dunes. It’s freshwater parabolic dunelands are designated by The National Trust as one of the 11 most endangered ecosystems in the world. The Natural Area is open year round and guided walks are held every Saturday morning at 10 am from May 25, 2013 to Sept 14, 2013.

Head over to the 8th Wonder of the World contest page to cast your vote today!

  • Kathy

    Empire, Glen Arbor, Glen Haven, Lake Michigan, Little Glen Lake and Big Glen Lake and finally alligator mountain. There is no doubt that this area is the 8th wonder of the world. I have been going up there since 1956 and there is no other place on earth that takes my breath away like this area. Its my safe place. Thank you god!

  • dean williams

    The only one of these recommendations that really qualify is Sleeeping Bear Dunes. Frankenmuth is a joke. Meijer Gardens was just something someone built. Same with the Soo Locks. At least Saugatuck is naturally occurring.

  • Keith Charak

    I would say don’t vote for any place that has endangered and rare plants, birds or animals. Those areas only exist because of very little or zero human interaction.

  • Sandra DeLuca

    You leave the world behind.when you enter Leelaunau County. Sleeping Bear dunes and views of the Manitous over Lake Michigan is breathtaking. Proud to call Michigan home.

  • Gerry P

    Though I grew up on the Northeast side of the state and prefer the more rugged coastline my vote would be for the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It alsoseems to fit the Pure Michigan theme ; less commercial, more natural.

  • Karen B

    Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes! Beautiful.

  • Marcella Breyer

    Sleeping bear dunes & pictured Rocks

  • Gail Short

    Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes

  • Lisa M

    Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes-absolutely breathtaking!

  • Martha Usztan

    I have seem most of the wonders of the world up close. Unfortunately none of our selections compare but I understand our Michigan pride. Picture Rocks and sand dunes get my vote. Frankenmeuth is a joke. Nothing like Germany. Tourist trap.

  • Nick T

    I agree with Martha.

    Why not localize the question with “The Eight Wonders of Michigan”??

    Now that might be interesting AND bring to light some places people are not aware of (and increase tourism), eh?

  • Christopher M

    I would have to say Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. Personally it’s a great place to see and has an interesting background.

  • Nancy L. Blair

    I vote for Frankenmuth, MI which includes Bronners Christmas store. My family tradition has been coming here for Easter, Mothers Day, and during Christmas season for my past 65yrs. that I can remember. Love the sights.

  • emile

    In response to Dean Williams you saying Soo Locks and Meijer Gardens are man made is no relevance its wonders of the world not natural wonders of the world the original wonders of the world were man made,I do agree though that they shouldnt win,neither should Frankenmuth even though I like the city.Im surprisaed that Mackinac Island wasnt considered seeing as what it represents to our state

  • Nick T

    Mackinaw Bridge!!!!
    though not an official entry, I am in awe of it everytime I see it and cross over

    an unbelieveable structure

    def. one of Michigan’s Eight Wonders

  • Michelle

    Been to all the choices and Sleeping Bear is definitely far ahead of the others. Wish Pictured Rocks Lake Shore would have been listed over a couple of the others or just the entire Great Lakes system for that matter.

  • Mike Wells

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore without doubt. Saugatuck is a close second!