A Quirky Michigan Bucket List

on September 12, 2018

I did a poll on Instagram the other day, and I was so surprised to see that 98% of you want to see more Michigan content!  One common thought among Americans, especially those of us hailing from the Midwest, is that you have to travel far away for any kind of excitement. Michigan is certainly a different pace than I experienced living in England, but it is special in its own way, and so close to my heart. Michigan is a stunning state, home to more coastline than any other state in the USA! But so many travelers (both international ones and those who live in MI!) still don’t know what our state has to offer. Which is why I’m bringing you my Michigan bucket list.

This past year I’ve been trying to soak up all my home state has to offer, but the more I do, the more items I add to my bucket list. I thought it would be fun to give you guys my Michigan bucket list. As usual, you all know my bucket lists are rather peculiar. I like to mention the specific and unique travel experiences you might not find on a traditional bucket list. To me, seeing a new perspective is what makes travel so fun! Without further ado, here is my quirky Michigan bucket list!

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Michigan bucket list for the quirky traveler

This bucket list is so lengthy that I’ve separated it by topic. Below you will find my bucket list items for accommodation, restaurants, festivals, outdoor adventure activities, tours, specific cities, and MORE!

Michigan bucket list: Accommodation

Michigan bucket list: Restaurants & Cafes 

Michigan bucket list: Festivals

Michigan bucket list: Outdoor adventure

  • Fish in Lake Michigan
  • Tube down the Platte River (with gluten free beer in hand)

  • Go snow tubing 
  • Learn how to ski
  • Go snow shoeing
  • Go camping on Isle Royale (and spot some Moose!)
  • Spend a day on Detroit’s Belle Isle

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Michigan bucket list: Tours

Michigan bucket list: Other quirky things to do!

  • Explore Detroit’s neighborhood art project the Heidelberg Project
  • Get a photograph of my aura at AURA AURA in Detroit 
  • Visit John K. King in Detroit, one of the best rare book shops in the world
  • Visit Curwood Castle in Owosso 
  • Try goat yoga in Williamston
  • Go to a Redwings game in Detroit
  • Go to a football game at the Big House in Ann Arbor
  • Shop at Bronner’s Chrismas Wonderland in Frankenmuth (year round!)
  • Do an SUP yoga retreat
  • Go to the Eastern Market in Detroit

This Michigan bucket list is not exhaustive by any means, and it does represent my own personal travel preferences. Even so, I think it could take me quite a while to have all these experiences!

Let me know which one you would try first (the famous Zingerman’s sandwiches that Obama tried? Surfing in a Great Lake? Seeing Moose in the wild?). And if you have any other recommendations for quirky Michigan bucket list items, please let me know! Think of this as a working document that I will be adding to as I discover more amazing Michigan experiences.

Sarah xx

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