You guys. Two nights ago I woke up in the middle of the night from the most VIVID dream. I was hiking Cascade Canyon in Jackson Hole and it was this gorgeous, sunny day and I could hear the stream and the birds and everything was so perfect and I’ve never been sadder to wake up from a dream. And since then, I’ve been JH Dreamin’ HARD and can’t seem to get it off my mind! I’ve been scrolling through old pictures and still can’t get over just how perfect of a trip that was. So I thought I’d link up all my JH posts for you again… in case you’re someone who hasn’t seen them, and are looking to plan your next summer vacation. Or you know, you’re just someone like me with a serious case of The Travel Bug, and the only vacation you’re getting anytime soon is in your dreams. (Or through other people’s Instagrams!)
And while I’m talking travel… how many of you are lucky enough to be headed to San Antonio for The Final Four and/or The Championship games?! I L-O-V-E San Antonio and spent the best long weekend there last January! I blogged all about it. So, if you’re looking for a few fun things to do besides watching College Basketball, click through the links below!
San Antonio Missions
(My number one thing I’d tell you to do in San Antonio!)
Alright! Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s talk about a little travel around the state that is nearest and dearest to my heart!
I love Spring in Michigan. It’s that perfect “in-between” time for us. The weather is changing, and starting to get warmer, the locals and our tiny towns are coming out of hibernation, and as mother nature is turning our state into one of the prettiest sights you’ll ever lay your eyes on.
And the best part about Spring in Michigan? The fudgies aren’t here yet. For a few months every year, our tiny towns aren’t over run with tourists trying to grab a piece of that “Up North” lifestyle. There aren’t tourists crowding our favorite hiking trails or viewpoints, sitting at our tables in our pubs, or hogging the beaches at sunset. It’s just us locals. Enjoying our freedom and the sunshine after being cooped up after a long, cold, winter.
While I really should be keeping this a secret (the locals just may disown me for ruining our little slice of fudgie-free heaven) to myself, I feel like there is one thing every tourist to our great state doesn’t know, and should.
All those popular things you want to see and do this summer in Michigan you can do this Spring. And you’ll enjoy it way more than you would later in the year. Just think… without other tourists you won’t be waiting in lines, and people won’t be ruining your perfect Instagrams.
So take it from a Native… visit these 5 Popular Spots in Michigan this Spring before the tour busses even begin loading.
The Sleeping Bear Dunes
LOL did you really think I’d start this list any other way? If you’ve been here awhile, you know The Sleeping Bear Dunes are near and dear to my heart. And while I love visiting the park any time of the year, the Spring/Summer is my favorite. The water is bright blue/green and there really isn’t anything more perfect than a quick hike out to Pyramid Point to enjoy the view on a beautiful Spring day! Learn more about my favorite things to do at The Dunes and in the surrounding areas below.
Last Spring, my parents and I made our way to one of Michigan’s hidden gems, that I hadn’t been to since I was small! Kitch-iti-kipi just might be the prettiest place in our state that you’ve never heard of. Unless you’ve spent summer road trips through the U.P. (like many Michiganders at some point in their lives) chances are, this beautiful spot isn’t even a blip on your radar. Visit it now, before it gets over crowded by July! Read more, here! (Ooooo and while you’re on your way, you should listen to this episode of Small Town Murder. Is that creepy? Maybe. You should still listen to it though.)
The Pictured Rocks
On this same trip, we headed to The Pictured Rocks! I’m still on the fence about telling you to visit in the Spring. It was still really pretty, and we didn’t have any crowds! But I think some of the trails would DEF be better in the summer. (Plus you can kayak in the summer too!) Either way, you shouldn’t miss The Pictured Rocks! Read my guides to the Pictured Rocks below!
Weekend Round U.P.
(LOL see what I did there?!)
Andddd on this same trip we saw a few of The UP’s beautiful waterfalls! Check out this post on Chasing Waterfalls across The Mitten and this one for a few thoughts on Tahquamenon Falls! The Spring is the BEST time to visit these waterfalls! Why? Because they are extra full from the melting snow and it makes them extra beautiful!
And of course, I’m saving the best for last! A trip to Mackinac Island is a MUST for any tourist! While the most popular time of the year to visit is in the Summer, the Spring may just be the best time of year to visit! It’s a lot less crowded, it’s still really pretty, and you can save some serious money visiting in the “off” season. The only tricky part? The ice on the lake has to be melted for you to get there! Check out all of my favorite things about Mackinac Island here, and figure out if it’s even possible for you to get on island time yet, here!
So… what popular tourist spots are you going to check out this Spring?!
I’m off to finish my work day! I’ve got a SUPER long day ahead of me tomorrow (we’ve got a 3 hour meeting tomorrow night that doesn’t start til 6) so I’m going to do my very best to get my final Spring Break post up for you! However, don’t be surprised if it has to wait until next year.
Happy Monday my friends. Enjoy the sunshine!
PS… Please join me in sending good vibes my Mother in Law’s way today! It’s her birthday 🙂 She’s off celebrating in sunny Vegas, so I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for her to have a great day. Tina, I hope the Casino Gods smile down on you today, and you win the Big Bucks on your special day!