Honeymoon in Michigan

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Michigan, a midwestern state in the United States, is located in the east north central portion of the country. It means "big lake" and is bounded by four of the five Great Lakes - Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior Michigan, and consequently has the longest freshwater shoreline in the United States. In fact, in Michigan it is all about water – apart from the Great Lakes surrounding it, Michigan also has about 11,000 lakes inland.Michigan Climate

Michigan has a temperate climate with the best temperatures found in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula, with cloudy days being quite common. Detroit has temperatures ranging from 23°F in January to 72°F in July, averaging about 50% days of sunshine year-round. Colder temperatures abound in the northerly regions while the southern part of the Lower Peninsula has thunderstorm activity. September, October and early November witnesses the beauty of autumn with its blazing colours of reds, oranges and yellows, a feast for the eyes.

Michigan is a popular destination with honeymooners, especially residents of the United States and Canada, due to its accessibility.

Michigan’s advantageous location centrally on the Great Lakes, its vast forests, national parks and of course its many inland lakes and streams, provide ample opportunity to honeymooners in terms of picturesque locations, many activities like boating, swimming or fishing or just enjoying the spectacular views.Parks

Michigan's two peninsulas have about 97 state parks and four national parks. In addition, there are six state forests plus preserves and gardens. 

Some of the popular National parks are…

Isle Royale National Park that comprises the Isle Royale and about 200 other tiny islands is full of wildlife with absolutely no roads interrupting its stark wilderness; it remains one of the must-see attractions on your honeymoon in Michigan.

The Keweenav National Historical Park as well as the three national forests situated in northern Michigan – the Ottawa, Hiawatha and Huron-Manistee – are also magnificent in their untamed beauty.

There are two national lakeshores that are spectacular and will leave you spellbound – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the shores of Lake Superior has multicoloured sandstone cliffs while Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan has sandy beaches and moving dunes, ideal for a leisurely picnic or relaxing time with your loved one.

As far as state parks go P. H. Hoeft and Lakeport State Parks have nice beaches on Lake Huron, while many state parks have been developed along the sand dunes on the Lake Michigan shore as well as the Indian Lake, Muskallonge Lake and Porcupine Mountains.

The North Country National Scenic Trail also passes through Michigan and the coastal area of Grand Traverse Bay as well as the Circle Drive around Lake Superior through the forest lands of the Upper Peninsula offers many scenic vistas.

Another impressive display is the backdrop of the majestic Porcupine Mountains with the beauty of the waterfalls formed by the Tahquamenon River, both the former and latter having beautiful State Parks named after them.

There is some event or the other held at any time of the year, so whenever you visit Michigan on a honeymoon you can be sure to witness something interesting…

January

Annual ice-fishing festival at Houghton Lake
Annual ice-carving exhibition where ice artists from around the world create unique and creative works of art at Plymouth

February

Annual sled-dog championship in the Upper Peninsula

March

Cross-country ski race at Marquette

April

Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Vermontville in April

May

Tulip Time Festival in Holland

June

The International Freedom Festival, in honour of Canada Day and Independence Day, in late June and early July, in Detroit and neighbouring Windsor, Ontario

July

National Cherry Festival in Traverse City

August

Michigan Festival in East with some great acts and performances and Festival on the Bay in Petoskey

Spring heralds the Blossomtime Festival, which takes place in Saint Joseph and Benton Harbour.

December

The International Festival of Lights adds an illuminating spark in Battle Creek

Labour Day Jazz festival in Detroit

In addition, there are many opportunities to participate in activities of a varied and exciting nature, to provide that added zest to a honeymoon in Michigan…

In autumn or summer, fishing in the Great Lakes, inland lakes or trout streams is very popular and Michigan is famously known as the leader in the ownership of recreational boats. Hunting, hiking, biking, swimming or even scuba diving, to explore the many shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, are great diversions. Or simply laze around or picnic on the vast stretches of coastal dunes and sandy beaches along the Great Lakes.

In winter, the numerous downhill ski areas and organized cross-country ski trails as well as the alpine slopes provide ample opportunity for the skiing aficionado or the snowmobiling honeymooner.

Michigan can be broadly divided into the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula. While the residents of the former are called ‘yoppers’, the latter are called ‘trolls’. Michigan has over 130 lighthouses, more than in any other U.S. state.