#10 Take in the beautiful architecture of the Guardian Building and Fisher Building
Region: Northern, East
Filled with the history of the lumber era in Michigan, Iargo Springs and the Lumberman’s Monument are quite the destinations within the Huron National Forest. Walk down to the water’s edge or learn about an important time in Michigan’s history, this area has something for everyone.
Built in the 1870’s, the Michigan Capital Building brought pride to the Mitten State and is a sight to behold, both inside and out. Take free guided tours around the active legislature, see historic paintings and lay on the floor to gaze up at the dome and the surrounding murals.
Region: West, Northern
You don’t even have to get out of your car to see the Ludington Pier Light, (but we recommend you do!). Take a stroll down the pier to get a good look at the historic lighthouse while taking in the Lake Michigan waves, or even a sunset.
Location: Mackinac City
Treasures from the past come to life at this 18th-century fort and fur trading village. Reconstructed based on historic maps and more than 50 years of archaeological excavations that continue today, the fort is a one-of-a-kind experience from cannon and musket firings to hearth cooking and crafts, all right in Mackinaw City, right by the bridge.
Location: 1403 E Elm Ave, Monroe, MI 48162
Monroe, Michigan. If you’ve never been there, I bet you hear about the time Stephen Colbert went on Public Access Television and filmed a show there. If you’re a bit behind the time, go watch the video. If you’re a history buff, be sure to stop by and tour the River Raisin National Battlefield Park and learn about the “bloodiest battle of the War of 1812”, the “largest conflict EVER fought on Michigan soil” and the battle that “once and for all sealed our Independence from Great Britain”. The River Raisin National Battlefield Park is the 393rd Unit of the National Parks Service est. March 3, 2009.
Region: Upper Peninsula
Location: W4852 Hwy U.S. 2, Vulcan, Michigan 49892
Curious to know what the old iron mines look like? Head to the Iron Mountain iron mine and travel 2,600 feet through drifts and tunnels to 400 feet below the earth’s surface. You’ll see amazing rock formation and large (lighted) underground caverns.