Michigan is known for scenic drives with plenty of views, twists, and turns. Try out one of the most scenic roads in the nation by driving M-119 from Harbor Springs through the Tunnel of Trees, overlook spectacular lake views and impressive gorges along US-2 from St. Ignace to Manistique in the UP, or take in one of the countless other scenic drives throughout the state.
#27 Get up close to the Ludington Pier Light and explore the beach
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.
Our state stones, Petoskey stones, are made from 350 million-year-old fossilized coral polyps. They are notoriously difficult to find because the fossil only becomes apparent when wet. The most popular hunting ground for this stone is on the beaches of Lake Michigan. The most rare type of Petoskey has a pink hue which indicates iron had permeated the now fossilized coral as it calcified. Get on our there and find one!