There are many reasons to explore the great state of Michigan. From the hustle and bustle of the busy and highly populated cities of Detroit and Grand Rapids to the slower pace of Ann Arbor, this state can tame both of your urban and suburban desires. It is the 11th largest state in America and is known for its many lakes and ample hunting as well as its car manufacturing.
Motown Records was established in 1959 by Berry Gordy and brought America a new musical sound. Recording artist such as Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and the Supremes got their start at Motown and now you can explore the place where their music began. You can tour Hitsville, U.S.A. where these artists and many more recorded their hit records. You can learn about Berry Gordy and how he began Motown with only $800. This museum is fun and informative and one that shouldn't be missed.
Detroit Urban Exploration and Photography Tour
This is a four hour guided tour that explores abandoned schools, factories, warehouses, municipal buildings and theaters. The tour guide will give you a history of the buildings and area. If you are into photography, let the tour guide help you get the perfect shot with guidance on composition and exposure. The tour guides take the time to answer your questions, and make sure that your experience is nothing short of perfect.
Grand Rapids Paddling
Anywhere you go in Western Michigan, you are no more than six miles from a river, or lake. With all that water to explore a great way to start is with canoeing and kayaking. GR Paddling provides such experiences as Moonlight Paddle, Paddle & Picnic, Paddle & Dine, Paddle & Propose and Paddle & Art. This is a family run business and prides itself on bringing the highest quality to each and every client, whether you are experienced on the water or a beginner, they have just what you need.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
The 158 acre main campus consisting of variety of art, plants, sculptures and more will easily take over two hours to explore. Some things not to miss are the Caterpillar Room, the Kid-Sense Garden, the 1880's Farmhouse, the Butterfly Maze and the Waterfalls. There are always interesting sculptures to view, some which are permanent and some that change. There is also a zen style garden and tree house village. It is impossible to list all the things to do and see at this interactive garden.
FoolMoon Festival is a festival like no other. This moonlit event showcases community made sculptures illuminated and carried by the local artists. On lookers can enjoy craft brews, delicious food, shadow puppet performances and building sized films. To make it even more desirable the festival is free of charge.
The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Four floors of exhibits at the Museum include the largest display of dinosaurs in the state, wildlife, anthropology, geology, and several changing exhibits. In addition to this, there is also a Planetarium that will transport you to the furthest reaches of space. Children and parents alike will enjoy exploring this museum.
Michigan is a blend of urban and suburban that begs to be explored. The easiest way to accomplish this is through a charter bus. Bus rental is the safest way to navigate the vast and expansive state without having to wonder where you are. Plus if you feel like exploring the urban areas, you don't have to navigate the tight city streets with only a GPS. The most important part of your travels should be planning your destinations, not worrying if you will be able to figure out how to get there. Leave that worry to the bus driver and use your time focusing on how to make the most of your trip.