The summer for 2023 is flying by and it shows no sign of slowing down. Have you traveled the mitten yet this summer? Life is short and if you've lived in Michigan your whole life there might be some things you are missing out on. Try these bucket list ideas if you haven't experienced all that Michigan has to offer.

I've lived most of my life in Michigan and am still finding new things to explore and check out. Up until a few years ago I had only driven across the Mackinac Bridge once, turned around and came back over, just to say I did. Now I've been to the U.P. a bunch of times and love exploring the U.P.

The lower penninsula has plenty offer resiednts too. Take your pick of Great Lakes to visit, towns to explore and adventures to be had. Perhaps you've never traveled internationally and want to do so. You can do it for your first time, via your car, via Michigan. You can add that punch on your passport for Canada.

Michigan has a lot to offer and sometimes we can't see the forrest for the trees, get out and explore if you haven't tried these fun things to do in Michigan.

10 Bucket List Items You'll Love Doing In Michigan

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Cross The Mackinac Bridge

The Mack is impressive and it connects the U.P. and lower penninsula of Michigan together. If you've never driven across it, do it. The engineering marvel is safe to travel and if you've never been to the U.P., you can knock out two birds with one stone.

Check out the Amazing Facts About The Mackinac Bridge.

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Visit Mackinac Island

The Island is really cool. There are no cars allowed. You can ride bikes until your heary's content. You can also stay at some cool B&B's, eat at some good restaurants, visit the hotel and dance around the bombs that the horses leave in the street. There's a lot of history on the island.

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Fight A Bear In The U.P.

You really won't be able to fight a bear, odds are you would lose anyways. You can hang with bears and pet them at Oswald's Bear Ranch in Newberry.

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Ambassador Bridge - Photo by Getty Images
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Travel Internationally

A lot of people haven't stepped foot out of the United States. You can travel to another country via your car in Michigan. You can cross the border in a number of different places, click on the link above for more information and get the details about what type of paperwork you'll need to bring with you.

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Go To A Pro Sports Game

Another thing that not everyone has tried is going to a professional sports game. Take your pick of baseball (Detroit Tigers), basketball (Detroit Pistons), football (Detroit Lions) or hockey (Detroit Red Wings). Detroit loves their teams and it will be a fun experience.

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Visit The Top of The Ren Cen

The Renaissance Center is located in downtown Detroit at 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243. Take the elevator up to the top and check out the views of Canada and the United States.

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Visit Hell

Take a trip to Hell, MI. Their slogan says it all:

More people tell you to go to our town than anywhere else on Earth.

 

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Walk Out On A Pier And Catch A Sunset

The picture above is of the North Pier in St. Joe. If you can find a pier, walk out on it for the sunset. It's a totally different experience.

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Swim In The Great Lakes

Take your pick, we've got five to choose from. Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. I have swam in all but Lake Ontario. There are no sharks, what's been stopping you all these years?

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Catch A Sunrise and Sunset All In The Same Day

I've been trying to plan a trip that includes watching a sunrise over a Great Lake to the east and then taking my time with my wife throughout the day to make a roadtrip west across Michigan so we can catch the same sun, set that evening over Lake Michigan.

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