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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.

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.

Day of Giving--Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula

The holidays are the perfect time to discover the beauty of the Old Mission Peninsula and its award-winning wineries.  On December 13, you’re invited to join the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula as they present the Day of Giving-- where each participating winery will donate a portion of their gross sales to help support local nonprofit organizations.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

The New, the Renovated and a Few Classic Must-See Destinations on Mackinac Island

Take a a look at what's been happening on Mackinac Island the new, the renovated, and a few classic must-see destinations this season.

'Tis the Season

Deck the halls with trees, wreaths, gifts and garlands. When it comes to Christmas trees, Pure Michigan makes it easy to get real—harvesting four million evergreen trees annually. And, for that perfect ornament, special trim or holiday-themed gift, you'll find it here at the world's largest Christmas store.

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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