You know when you suddenly have a moment of madness, act on an inkling and suddenly find yourself doing something you usually wouldn’t even dream of? Well, that happened to us, when we randomly jumped on a train to Michigan. Mmm hmmm. Michigan.
What happened was, we were sat waiting for our actual train to South Carolina, when Kid Rock came on the station speaker system and, as if we were lying on our deathbed, we became worried we would never see this fabled place that seems to have had a last-impression on so many people. So we did it. We bought a ticket, jumped on a train and explored this incredible place.
Anyway, enough about us and more about this place, and the best parts of it…
- The Diamond Of Detroit
You can’t go to Michigan and not waltz through the streets of Detroit, it’s not right, and neither is missing out on Belle Island, where you can easily spend a day enjoying life. There’s a conservatory, a zoo, an aquarium and a beach, all of which is yours to explore.
- The Greatest Lake Ever
We mentioned Kid Rock and now we’re going to mention Lake Michigan, which will totally blow your mind. You don’t have to do anything special here, just do nothing by it all day if you fancy, soaking up the scenes, dipping yourself in the water and maybe, if you fancy it, taking a boat out for a bit.
- Your Cultural Trip
If you’re looking to widen your eyes culturally, then you need to book a room at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place and then spent a couple of days soaking up the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum experience. Exhibitions, projects, experiences, education, art labs, everything; this place has everything.
- Octopus Throwing
This may sound mental – which it is – but you need to head to the old Joe Louis Arena and throw an octopus onto the ice before one of their hockey games. Why? Because when else will you ever get to tick this off your bucket list? Exactly.
- Let’s Get Weird
Electric Forest is something we didn’t know about until we knew about it and, wow, are we glad we discovered it. To sum it up in as few words as possible, it’s dancing to electronic music in a forest filled with bright lights and color. It’s amazing.
- Time Machine Island
Here is an island called Mackinac, which you absolutely need to visit for the simple fact it is like going back in time, back to an era when cars and buses and motor-propelled vehicles were not around. You get there by boat and you get around the old town and beaches by foot or horse-drawn cart.
- Zingerman’s To Eat
If there is one thing that unifies all humans on the planet, it is our undeniable love for sandwiches, which is exactly why you need to go to Zingerman’s and indulge in one of the most expensive and most incredible sandwiches you will have ever seen, nevermind eaten. It’s a Michigan rite of passage.
We went there by accident, but we’re sure as anything going to go back there on purpose.
Have you visited Michigan? Was it what you expected or just as much of a surprise?