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Michigan – Tall Ship Manitou

Tall Ship Manitou

One of my priorities for our trip to Traverse City, Michigan, was to get out on the water. When I saw that the Traverse Tall Ship Company offered sightseeing cruises on a replica of an 1800’s cargo schooner, I got excited and asked Traverse City Tourism if they could arrange a cruise. I am very grateful to Traverse City Tourism and the Tall Ship Manitou for offering me and my kids a complimentary cruise so that I could write this article.

Sails are offered three times daily. We took the 2-hour Moomers Ice Cream Sail which is an afternoon […]

Michigan – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes - view from Lake Michigan Overlook

We visited 101 attractions last summer (literally!) and I can honestly say that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ranks way up there as one of my kids’ favorites.

It was about a 40-minute drive from the Bayshore Resort in Traverse City to Sleeping Bear Dunes, where we spent the day. Our first stop was the Dune Climb.

The Dune Climb was undoubtedly the favorite part for my older two kids. Before you start the climb, you should consider how long you might want to hike the dunes. From the parking lot, you can see only the first hill, […]

Michigan – Fayette Historic State Park

Fayette Historic Town Site

Most of the places I’ve written about recently are on my itinerary for Trip 7, the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, in my e-book, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips. Fayette Historic State Park is not, at least right now, though it will most likely make the next edition. Why didn’t I include it? It’s simple enough–I wasn’t aware of it then. That’s why I’m so glad I had the help of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association to arrange and host my trip. They included the attractions I requested, and also added in others they thought […]