10 Places to Travel on a Budget: Michigan

These 10 places to travel on a budget in Michigan are all local favorites and great tourist destinations. Michigan has a lot to offer for the outdoor enthusiast, surrounded mostly by water, it is no wonder that fishing is a favorite past time in this state. There are also dozens of parks, museums, historical sites, shopping and much more.

  1. Mackinac Island: This Island is great for budget travel. There is a horse drawn carriage ride through the state park, a Grand Hotel with the world's longest porch, scenic highways, bike rentals, hiking, camping and dining. Guests can also fire a real cannon at Fort Mackinac.
  2. Grand Rapids: Grand Rapids has several golf courses, a botanical garden, sculpture park, shopping dining and lodging for every type of budget. Downtown has a busy nightlife, concert hall, sports arena, zoo and is next to Lake Michigan which has great fishing and boating. 
  3. Ann Arbor: This is a University town that has a large arts and music culture. There is amazing dining, camping, hiking, festivals and lodging. Ann Arbor has a great night life, museums, theater and something to offer everyone, especially the budget minded.
  4. Silver Lake Sand Dunes: There are over 2,000 acres of accessible sand dunes in this area. The dunes are great for dune buggies, ATV's and 4×4 vehicles. There are small historic towns, camping, hiking, dining, beach surfing, boating and fishing.
  5. The Henry Ford: Located in Dearborn, this is the home of the Ford company. There is the Henry Ford museum and factory, there is a small village that contains the Rosa Parks bus, baseball memorabilia, historical buildings, old fashioned American cuisine, the list goes on and on. The Henry Ford has over 300 years of American history for visitors to enjoy.
  6. Blue Water Area: This area covers 140 miles of eastern Michigan coast line and is made up of nine different towns. It is great for fishing, golfing, shopping, water front dining and lodging and camping. There is a sightseeing tour by boat and some great diving available among real shipwrecks.
  7. Saginaw Valley: This valley consists of four small towns, Skaginaw, Birch Run, Frankenmuth and Chesaning . There are three championship golf courses, a childrens zoo, a wildlife refuge, splash center, a speed way and the largest shopping outlet in the midwest.
  8. Alpena: This town is rich in nautical history. Alpena has a Maritime Heritage Center, Museum and a Maritime Heritage Trail. There are parks and beaches, skate and bike park, a winery, an abundance of dining and lodging and four golf courses.
  9. Sault Ste. Marie: Tour the home of the world famous Soo Locks, the busiest locks in the world. There are also shipwrecks and waterfalls in this town that can be toured, as well as some of the best fishing in the state. At night the Northern Lights can be seen from this wonderful town.
  10. Muskegon: This budget friendly town features the states largest water and adventure parks. There is also a World War II submarine that can be toured and the Hackley and Humes historic site. There is dining and lodging available for every budget.
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