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A road trip in Michigan is wondrous in any season. Summer is temperate and glows with greenery and winter is a splendorous display of natural sparkle. When you are visiting the Wolverine state, book a long-term car rental so you can explore the many beautiful places to visit. Michigan features shores of four of the Great Lakes,  plus there are thousands of acres of wooded lands, both primitive and developed for camping, hiking, and many other outdoor adventures. In Michigan, you explore big-city travel destinations featuring history-making innovations and art, and get your fill of natural beauty as well. Rent a car in Detroit, MI with options like an SUV or a pickup truck rental with ample space for passengers and gear.


#1. The Henry Ford


Map: 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

The Henry Ford complex embodies the innovative and inventive spirit of America. The Museum of American Innovation is home to the marvelous Mathematica interactive exhibit for kids and the only surviving prototype of a Dymaxion House. The historic districts of Greenfield Village will take you through the life of Henry Ford and artisan works like glass blowing and pottery. You can take a tour of the Ford Factory and learn how a Ford F-150 is manufactured, or see a movie on the IMAX screen.


#2. Belle Isle Park


Map: 2 Inselruhe Drive, Detroit, MI 48207

Located in the city of Detroit, this 982-acre conservancy is home to Belle Isle Aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy, Belle Isle Nature Center, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and so much more. You could spend a whole day here, trying out each attraction. It also has a golf center and kids will enjoy the outdoor giant slide. Belle Isle is sure to be a hit with the whole group!


#3. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park


Map: 1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

As their motto states, Frederik Meijer Gardens are “Always Growing. Always Beautiful. Always New.” You can visit the horticultural displays over and over again, and always discover something new and stunning. The sculptures are created by many different artists, and materials vary from driftwood to metal. During your visit, you can see cacao trees, visit the 1880s farmhouse, and view the breathtaking orchid wall.


#4. The Tahquamenon Falls


Map: 41382 West M-123, Paradise, MI 49768

The beauty of the Tahquamenon Falls is “Pure Michigan.” The Upper Falls are 200 feet wide and have a 50-foot drop, making it one of the largest falls east of the Mississippi. Four miles downstream are the five Lower Falls, not quite as massive, but still just as glorious. The falls can be viewed from shore or you can rent a boat to row out to the island and view the falls. Camping is also available in Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

#5. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


Map: Pictured Rocks, Munising, MI 49862

It is difficult to find the right words to describe the awesome spectacle that is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. With year-round access and ever-changing beauty, Pictured Rocks is four seasons of fun. Located on the Great Gitche Gumee, Lake Superior. During warm weather, you can camp, hike, birdwatch, and sightsee. During the winter months, you can still camp, as well as explore ice caves and go ice climbing (a backcountry permit is required for ice climbing). This wooded paradise is full of sandstone cliffs, inland lakes, and wonderful waterfalls to enjoy.

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