Top things to do

Top Choice Market in Detroit

Eastern Market

Produce, cheese, spice and flower vendors fill the large halls on Saturday, but you also can turn up Monday through Friday to browse the specialty shops (props to the peanut roaster) and cafes that flank the halls o…
Top Choice Bar in Detroit

Bronx

There's not much inside Detroit's best boozer besides a pool table, dim lighting and a couple of jukeboxes filled with ballsy rock and soul. But that's the way the hipsters, slackers and rockers (the White Stripes u…
Top Choice Museum in Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts

The cream of the museum crop. The centerpiece is Diego Rivera's mural Detroit Industry, which fills an entire room and reflects the city's blue-collar labor history. Beyond it are Picassos, suits of armor, mod Afric…
Top Choice American in Ann Arbor

Zingerman's Roadhouse

Two words: doughnut sundae. The bourbon-caramel-sauced dessert is pure genius, as are the traditional American dishes like Carolina grits, Iowa pork chops and Maryland crab cakes, all using sustainably produced ingr…
Top Choice Barbecue in Detroit

Slows Bar BQ

Mmm, slow-cooked southern-style barbecue in Corktown. Carnivores can carve into the three-meat combo plate (brisket, pulled pork and chicken). Vegetarians even have a couple of options. The taps yield 55 quality bee…
Historic Site in Mackinac Island

Fort Mackinac

Fort Mackinac sits atop limestone cliffs near downtown. Built by the British in 1780, it's one of the best-preserved military forts in the country. Costumed interpreters and cannon and rifle firings (every half-hour…
State Park in Upper Peninsula

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Eastern UP's top attraction is the lovely Tahquamenon Falls, with tea-colored waters tinted by upstream hemlock leaves. The Upper Falls in Tahquamenon Falls State Park, 200ft across with a 50ft drop, wow onlookers –…
Nature Reserve in Upper Peninsula

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Stretching along prime Lake Superior real estate, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a series of wild cliffs and caves where blue and green minerals have streaked the red and yellow sandstone into a kaleidoscope o…
Public Art in Detroit

Heidelberg Project

Polka-dotted streets, houses covered in Technicolor paint blobs, strange sculptures in yards – this is no acid trip, but rather a block-spanning art installation. It's the brainchild of street artist Tyree Guyton, w…
Island in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Grand Island

Rugged Grand Island floats a half-mile offshore from Munising and is part of Hiawatha National Forest. Visitors can day-trip over to hike and mountain bike, or spend the night in one of the rustic campsites. Bike re…