Welcome to Michigan
More, more, more – Michigan is the Midwest state that cranks it up. It sports more beaches than the Atlantic seaboard. More than half the state is covered by forests. And more cherries and berries get shoveled into pies here than anywhere else in the USA. Plus its gritty city Detroit is the Midwest's rawest of all – and we mean that in a good way. Michigan occupies prime real estate, surrounded by four of the five... Read More
Top experiences in Michigan
Chicago Lakefront Neighborhoods Bicycle Tour
Your 3-hour guided bike tour of Chicago’s lakefront neighborhoods begins with a brief orientation of your bike. All ages and fitness levels will enjoy the leisurely nature and generally flat-terrain of this tour, but children should be capable and comfortable with riding on city streets. Once you’re situated with your stylish ride, follow your guide off the beaten path, to some of Chicago’s best neighborhoods.Cruise the Windy City on two wheels, riding past stately houses in quiet residential neighborhoods, through scenic parks and along Lake Michigan’s popular beaches on the North Side of Chicago. Continue to other great Chicago highlights like the Gold Coast Mansions, North Avenue Beach, and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Ride past historic sights such as St. Michael's Church, the Playboy Mansion or the Old Town Historic District, lined with charming Victorian houses.By the end of the tour, you will have seen a wide spectrum of how Chicagoans live and spend their free time, in addition to interesting factoids about one of America’s greatest cities.
Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago
Explore Chicago’s North Side and South Side on this comprehensive guided city tour! See Chicago’s highlights and visit the impressive 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory) for magnificent views of the Windy City! Take a narrated coach tour with your expert guide through the South Side and travel through Grant Park, known as the ‘front lawn of the city.’ See Soldier Field, the Adler Planetarium with its massive sky dome.. Pass by the world's largest aquarium, the Shedd Aquarium, see the Field Museum of Natural History, and travel through the South Commons, a new 'close- in' residential community. You'll also get to pass by President Obama's old neighborhood and see where he used to live!On the North Side, travel by the striking Richard J Daley plaza with its acknowledged masterpiece, the Pablo Picasso sculpture, created exclusively for Chicago. Then, drive over the Chicago River and see the famous Wrigley Building and Wrigley Field. Soon you’ll see Chicago's elegant seven-level shopping complex and the renowned Water Tower Place, alongside one of the tallest buildings in the United States, the 360 Chicago (John Hancock Center).Here, you’ll get to de-board and enter this impressive building with your guide. Hop into one of the world’s fastest elevators for a 39-second ride to the 94th floor of the 360 Chicago. On a clear day, you can see up to 80 miles away and view four states – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin! Experience the open-air Skydeck, 1,000 feet above Chicago's Magnificent Mile, and admire the dynamic city below.
Mackinaw City Sunset Cruise
Join this cruise to take in the sunset over Lake Michigan onboard Ugly Anne while cruising under the Mackinac Bridge. Listen to music and enjoy an alcoholic beverage and some refreshments (at your own expense). You will be greeted at the dock with a warm welcome and quick introduction of the friendly staff. While on the cruise between Michigan's 2 peninsulas you will see historic lighthouses, a 300+ year old fort and Mackinac Island while having the one of the best seats in North America to watch a beautiful sunset. The sunset cruise is a personalized cruise with local residents that are able to answer questions about the area. The Captain has been a resident of Mackinac Island and Mackinaw Ciy for the past 18 years. Join in for the highlight of your vacation.
Detroit Urban Exploration and Photography Tour
This 4-hour tour is an opportunity to explore the other side of Detroit - urban exploration style! Check out abandoned schools, factories, warehouses, municipal buildings and theaters with your professional tour guide. Take photos of these buildings or just explore! Your professional tour guide will lead you between locations providing insights on the buildings and answering any questions. If your are into photography, your guide will also offer guidance on composition and exposure to help you get the perfect shot!The tour originates and concludes in the Suburbs of Detroit.
Detroits Rise Fall and Renewal
Begin your Detroit tour at a cafe on Broadway, where you'll meet your local guide and head out onto the streets. From the minute you leave the meeting point, you'll start seeing some famous Detroit landmarks, such as the 95-year old Detroit Athletic Club, the renovated Opera House, the vacant Wurlitzer Building, and the fine new downtown YMCA. Your local guide will be telling you all you need to know about these spots, and what they mean to the city of Detroit. Continuing on your tour in Detroit, see the site where one of the biggest department stores in the US once stood. When it closed in the 1980s, it left a hole in the city that hasn't been filled. Next on this Detroit city tour, the Compuware Building is worth a visit for its 15-story atrium and colorful fountain. Outside that building, you'll see a panorama that includes landmarks like the 47-story Penobscot Building, the Guardian Building, and the Renaissance Center, which is home to the tallest hotel in the entire Western Hemisphere (72 floors!) as well as the headquarters of General Motors. A visit to the Guardian Building gives you a picture of the greatness of Detroit in the late 1920s. You'll take a stop here, and then take a ride on the elevated People Mover, which has been moving people around downtown Detroit since 1987. From the Michigan Avenue Station, see the $800 Million MGM Grand Casino and hotel that were completed in 2008, and the new Rosa Parks Transit Center (named for "the mother of the Civil Rights Movement") with its dramatic canopies. If the weather is nice, you'll walk to a nearby hotel that's a great example of Detroit's rise, fall and renewal. When it opened in 1924 it was the tallest hotel in the world and one of the fanciest, but it closed in the 1980s and stood vacant for more than 25 years on a prominent street corner. Detroiters were thrilled when it reopened after a $200 million renovation! Next, you'll visit the area near Grand Circus Park, which is full of examples of Detroit's rocky history. Here, you'll find even more vacant buildings as well as legendary parks and music venues that have hosted the like of Bruce Spingsteen and Detroit's own Eminem. It's one thing simply seeing these buildings, but to get to know the history behind them makes the experience even more special, especially when it comes from the mouth of a local! Your last stop is a local brewpub, where you can sip on a local beer or soft drink and continue to chat about Detroit with your local guide. The first drink's on us!
SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
Prepare for an immersive underwater journey from the lakes of Michigan to the ocean and beyond at SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, located at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. With educational talks, animal feedings, the Dive Adventure Trail, and a children’s play area, there’s plenty for everyone in your family to enjoy.At more than 25 authentically themed displays featuring diverse species and habitats, you'll learn about marine conservation and observe some 5,000 animals. Stop by a tank of blacktip reef sharks, which come from the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific oceans, and enter an underwater tunnel for a panoramic view of sharks as they swim past. Watch a feeding for cownose rays, which swim in schools of up to 10,000 in the wild, and see how they use their synchronized flaps to stir up ocean sediment on the tunnel floor.Spot a giant Pacific octopus, the largest octopus in the world, and search for a male seahorse with a brood of babies in its pouch. Spy clown fish and observe jellyfish floating inside a tank that mimic ocean tides and currents. You can also learn about creatures that inhabit shores and coastal tide, such as sea anemones, sea urchins and horseshoe crabs.Passionate about preserving marine habitats and the species that live in them, the informative staff at SEA LIFE Michigan celebrates everything about the sea. The aquarium hosts shark and ray feedings, as well as educational demonstrations throughout the day. Learn about successful breeding programs for endangered animals, and discover how the aquarium supports worldwide conservation projects.