We have lived in the Midwest for 5 years and somehow in all the trips we have made to see family and friends in the US, we have yet to explore our own backyard. Since we live in Ohio, visiting Michigan has been on my “Midwest Bucket List” for a while. Finally this August we made that wish a reality and visited Traverse City and Mackinac Island.
I was not sure what to expect. Usually when people talk up a place it tends to disappoint me. I tried not to get too overly excited about going to Michigan – I mean, who goes to Michigan, right? Right!
I decided on visiting the north side of Michigan because after all the road trips we did last year, as far as Orlando and Maine, I figured 7+ hours in the car would not be a big deal. I was right, and I would drive even further to have this little slice of paradise.
We stayed on the beach. We swam at the pool. We played.
Most vacations are not near as relaxing but when traveling with kids you really can’t plan too much each day. Yes, we would have liked to do more but we came home feeling refreshed, well-rested, and closer as a family. It was just what we needed.
We also biked every morning, as the cooler morning’s made it nice to get out and explore while the afternoons were for swimming.
We also spent a couple of days on Mackinac Island (said Mack-i-NAW as the “c” is silent). What a wonderful place! If this island was only 3-4 hours from central Ohio (instead of the 7-8 hours) I think we would be here a lot! It was fabulous.
Continuing on our bike, as Mackinac Island does not allow any cars, we stayed central to everything and enjoyed good food, good views, and an ABUNDANCE of fudge!!! I swear every 5 stores was a fudge shop. I was very glad for all our biking so I could enjoy a bit of it and not feel guilty!
No matter where we were on the island, we enjoyed the beautiful views.
Overall, I discovered that Michigan may be the Midwest’s best kept secret and is a wonderful place to travel with kids to. I’ll share more over the coming weeks. For now, I wanted to tell you that our week was all sunshine and all smiles!
Have you been to Michigan? If so, where and what did you think? I’d love to hear about your experience as we get out and try to explore even more!