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Beat the Winter Blahs in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids caters to foodies, sports fans and fun-lovers with three big events this February and March.

Big Changes this Winter at Traverse City Ski Resorts

Expect to see some big improvements at Traverse City’s three main ski areas–Shanty Creek Resorts, Hickory Hills and the Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area–this winter!

Birding in Traverse City

Every spring, Traverse City witnesses the return of its snowbirds the hundreds of part-time residents who spend their winters farther south. But they're not the only birds who start arriving with the spring thaws.

Curtain Call

Experience unexpected passion and unusual presentation when you visit Michigan's fine art galleries, cultural institutions and performing arts venues located in every corner of the state.

Enjoy the Journey in Winter or Anytime

Why rush to your favorite vacation spot? Turn your next Pure Michigan winter getaway into a winter excursion even before you reach your destination when you travel by RV and take advantage of the leisure lifestyle, comfort and freedom in your home away from home.

Experience the Waterfront of Tall Ships Port of the Year, Bay City

This spring, a small, waterfront town on Lake Hurons Saginaw Bay made big waves in the world of sailing as it once again climbed the mast to the top of the Tall Ship world.

Five-Star Wilderness Explorations

From Mackinac Island and the Soo Locks, to the Porcupine Mountains and Isle Royale, you’ll be amazed by the things to do and see in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s a place of spectacular natural beauty, countless attractions and endless activities.

For Chocolate Lovers Only

"How sweet it is!" Give the gift of chocolate this holiday season from a Pure Michigan chocolatier. Whether you're seeking the perfect hostess gift of truffles and tarts, an edible chocolate gift box filled with scrumptious delights, or a delectable, dark and dreamy desert to complete the ultimate dining indulgence, there’s a gourmet confectioner somewhere in Michigan with a decadent suggestion to satisfy every palate for just about every occasion.

Great Lakes

Michigans very name is rooted in the Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word for large lake, and its handprint on the earth, the mitten-like Lower Peninsula and jagged-edged Upper Peninsula, is shaped by four of the five Great Lakes: Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior. Sailors called them the Sweetwater Seas.

Harvest Time Dining Spotlight

Savor the flavors of autumn’s bounty at farm-to-table restaurants and let your taste buds explode with the zests, spices and sensations of locally-grown fruits, vegetables roots and herbs. See how local ingredients, creativity and passion raise our featured restaurants to delicious heights. We invite you to experience Pure Michigan at its purest as skilled chefs create mouth-watering cuisines and decadent desserts!


No matter where you decide to vacation in Michigan there is a hiking, biking or water trail ready and waiting.

Icy Fun, High Spirits and Tenacious Will

Exhilaration, excitement, and pure enjoyment! From ice skating to hockey and from snowshoe trails to luge runs-- Michigan’s winter sports parks and ice arenas offer an amazing line up of great family fun activities as well as the perfect setting for seasoned athletes looking for hard-core games on the ice.

Kids Rule Snow Day

Whether it’s a snow day or the weekend, keep the kids busy with fun indoor and outdoor activities that are guaranteed to please parents, too!  Playing or learning, check out the cool ideas that keep kids learning this season.

Michigan's Freshwater Seas

Take advantage of sunny skies and warm days to explore our Great Lakes and experience the many activities, sites and pleasures that our lakes and beaches make possible. From lighthouse tours to sand dunes, from shipwrecks to scuba diving and from deep-sea fishing to yacht racesour Great Lakes beckon you to our shores.

Rev Up for Trail Blazing

If you’re looking for an adrenalin rush, Michigan’s snowmobile trails offer seemingly endless possibilities. So, put on your helmet, rev it up your sled, hold on tight and enjoy your Pure Michigan snowmobiling adventure.

Ring in the Holidays With a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Looking for another way to enjoy the great outdoors this winter? Welcome the season, embrace romance and discover nostalgia when you explore Michigan’s countryside via a horse-drawn sleigh ride at a number of winter resort destinations, parks and farms around the state.

Scuba Diving and Underwater Exploration

Break out your diving gear and explore sunken ships, take a virtual tour of shipwrecks via live video feeds, or enroll in a class to learn basic scuba diving skills.

Splash and Slide at an Indoor Water Playground

Got cabin fever? Is your family looking for a wet and wild adventure for Spring Break? With a number of exciting indoor water parks right here in our state, there's no need to travel far for some great family fun. Michigans aquatic include an 88,000-square-foot water playground, four-story water park, water basketball, lazy rivers and geysers, giant water slides, hot tubs and so much more.

Spring Birding Tours at Michigan's Wetland Wonders

Celebrate spring and explore Michigans Wetland Wonders with a birding tour at one of the Department of Natural Resources' seven managed waterfowl areas in April and May. Nothing says spring like the conk-a-ree call of a red-winged blackbird or the raucous sounds of a sandhill crane.

Strap on Those Snowshoes

If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Experience the beauty of Michigan’s great outdoors while taking a serene snowshoe hike through forest, parks and uncluttered terrain. Explore the sights, sounds and smells of a crisp winter day as you traverse past picturesque landscapes, remote backcountry trails, frozen waterfalls and ice-covered lakes.

Upper Peninsula Adventure, Intrigue and Relaxation

Adventure abounds for those who like to explore, canoe, raft, kayak, sail, fish, hunt or bike in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. Become memorized by the unspoiled wilderness, breath-taking landscapes, cascading waterfalls—and vast expanse of shoreline brimming three magnificent Great Lakes with endless recreational opportunities. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is where you’ll find exploration, intrigue, relaxation and romance.

What's New for Pure Michigan Visitors in 2014

With 2014 underway, visitors to Michigan can look forward to a wide range of new and improved lodging options, dining spots, and activities this year, including milestone anniversary celebrations.

Winter's Anticipation

Looking for ways to get in a good workout even after the temps drop and the state is covered with an abundance of fresh snow. We’ve rounded up some great winter activities to help you keep your fitness routine in check.

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