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America's Thanksgiving Parade

Marching bands, costumed characters, celebrities, floats, singing and dancing kick-off the holiday season with the 2014 America’s Thanksgiving Parade as it makes its way down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. See more than 2,000 clowns, 150 papier-mâché heads, and a battery of floats, bands, equestrian groups and balloons as they travel the two-mile parade route.

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.

Celebrate the Holiday Season Traverse City Style

Tired of trudging through the Big Box stores, then head to Traverse City for retail adventuring in the many boutiques, galleries, and shops of the Grand Traverse area. Special events, shopping weekends, and holiday cheer await.

Come to Traverse City for Fall Color - and More

For generations, leaf-peepers have been coming to Traverse City for its annual autumn display. They know that its rolling ridges, lush forests and brilliantly blue lakes are the perfect backdrop for fall color.

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.

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.

Fall for Family Fun In an RV

Family vacations are the foundation of many cherished memories--and spending those treasured times traveling in a recreation vehicle gives families a special way to connect. Fall in Michigan provides the perfect backdrop to create some of those magical memories. Get ready—it’s time to spend a weekend sharing the tastes, smells, sounds and wonders of a family-style Pure Michigan fall getaway from an RV.

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.

Gear up for the 19th Annual Deer Widows Weekend at the Midwest’s Largest Outlet Mall

Here in Pure Michigan, deer hunting is serious business. But, believe it or not, there are some who take opening day just as seriously as the hunters themselves. The brave. The many. The Deer Widows.

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.

Harness the Horsepower

Saddle up and see the Michigan countryside on a short trail ride, day trip or overnight adventure. Whether you’re an old hand or a greenhorn, the horse handlers will do their best to match a mount to your level of experience on guided trails, open pasture lands and indoor arenas. So, go ahead and harness the horsepower, partner!

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.

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village: America’s Premier Seasonal Celebration

Take a lantern-lit journey into a living snow globe filled with live music, skating, fireworks, and winter wonder during America’s premier celebration of the season. Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village.

Holiday Shopping in Ann Arbor

Holiday shopping can be challenging when you’re unsure where to go for that unique gift that really captures how special someone is to you. Head to Ann Arbor and you’ll find an overabundance of options—for even that person on your list who already has everything!

Insider Tips for Wolverine Game Days

While some are heading back to school — in Ann Arbor, we’re preparing for our favorite team to return to the gridiron! Whether you’re coming to town to cheer on the Wolverines or representing the opposition, game day in Ann Arbor is a major event. Check out our list of insider tips to get the most out of football in Wolverine country.

It's Cider Time

Gala, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Paula Red, Winesap—a beautiful crimson palette sweeps over Michigan farm markets, produce stands and cider mills as summer makes its exit. As autumn paints Michigan in vibrant hues of russet and gold, you’ll agree it’s time to head out to any of the more than100 cider mills that welcome visitors in September and October.

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.

Peak Color for October 16, 2014

This week, Michigan’s fall color explosion continues to make its way across the state as majestic oaks and mighty maples wrap the state with color.

Peak Color for October 23, 2014

Michigan’s peak color is in full swing across the Lower Peninsula. Be sure to get out and experience this magnificent show of dazzling color before the final curtain falls.

Peak Color for October 9, 2014

Michigan's fall color show is heating up, which means peak conditions are fast approaching and now's the perfect time to start planning your fall color tour!

Peak Color for September 25, 2014

Michigan's fall color show is heating up, which means peak conditions are fast approaching and now's the perfect time to start planning your fall color tour!

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.

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