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#10 Take in the beautiful architecture of the Guardian Building and Fisher Building

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#10 Take in the beautiful architecture of the Guardian Building and Fisher Building

Region: Southeast

Location: Detroit

Want to learn about historic Detroit and be awed by gorgeous architecture? There are free tours of both the Guardian and Fisher buildings during the weekend.

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#17 Stop by Iargo Springs and the Lumberman’s Monument

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#17 Stop by Iargo Springs and the Lumberman’s Monument

Region: Northern, East

Location: Oscoda

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.

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#19 Tour Michigan’s Capital Building

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#19 Tour Michigan’s Capital Building

Region: Mid-Michigan

Location: Lansing

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.

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#27 Get up close to the Ludington Pier Light and Explore the Beach

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#27 Get up close to the Ludington Pier Light and explore the beach

Region: West, Northern

Location: Ludington

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.

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#3 Go Back in Time at Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City

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#3 Go Back in Time at  Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City

Region: Northern
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.

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2016: #46 Tour the River Raisin National Battlefield Park

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#46 Tour the River Raisin National Battlefield Park

Region: Southeast

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.

2016: #47 Travel underground and tour a historic Iron Mountain iron mine

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#47 Travel underground and tour a historic Iron Mountain iron mine

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.

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