Whether you are motivated by geography, a specific activity or are just curious about some of the top places to visit in Michigan, this regional and city guide will be a useful tool as you plan your Pure Michigan getaway.
Throughout each region, opportunities abound for recreation, good eats (and drinks!), shopping, family fun, natural beauty and arts, culture and history. Regions in the Upper Peninsula can offer rugged natural beauty and outdoor adventure, while the southern regions are packed with attractions that make for lasting family memories. Find vibrant urban centers just a short drive away from quiet, rural retreats in the state’s central regions and head to northern regions to explore some of our most well-known vacation destinations.
Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes and boasting 11,000 inland lakes – a day on the water, whether fishing, boating, exploring or relaxing, is something every region of the state can offer. However, each community offers its own distinct culture and personality to make for hundreds of unique ways to experience the Lake Effect. Which region or city suits your Michigan adventure? Start your search here to take the scenic route. It’s all Pure Michigan.
Explore Michigan by region
Use the map below to explore the state of Michigan by Region. Hover over a section of the map to see the region name and click to see more.
Ann Arbor's nickname is "Tree Town", and it's easy to see why. Awe-inspiring, deep and rich in color sprawls across the trees throughout the University of Michigan campus, the vibrant downtown, and beyond.
Your winter escape starts here: in Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland and Saginaw - where six snow-dusted cities are calling you for skiing and snowshoeing, caroling and horse-drawn carriage riding, all along the way to your perfect #PureMichiganSnowDay.
Experience the Magic of Mackinac this winter and make St. Ignace your Home Port. Travel the ice bridge to Mackinac Island, marvel at the beauty of Tahquamenon Falls and take in some of our cross country and snowshoe trails. If skating or hockey is your passion, include a visit to the Little Bear Arena.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula is famous for the amount of snow we get. Up to 200 inches a year! That makes it even more fun to enjoy our top-rated snowmobiling, downhill ski resorts, whisper-quiet cross-country trails, snowshoeing, ice fishing and winter festivals.
The Up North you've been looking for. Welcome to Manistee County, home of the Manistee River, the Manistee National Forest, world class fishing and the Manistee Northpier Lighthouse. Explore our great trails throughout the region.
Gaylord is known for year round, diverse "All Outdoor" activities found in the breathtaking beauty of Northern Michigan. Snow lovers can take advantage of 180 inches of white stuff each winter, while shoppers will enjoy browsing unique stores along our thriving downtown district. Make your winter memories in Gaylord!