In addition to bordering four of the great lakes, Michigan has over 11,000 inland lakes. More than 2.7 million visitors flock to the 5 national parks, 41 national historic landmarks, and 12 national natural landmarks every year. For history buffs, over 1,900 places are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The list of parks in Michigan includes over 100 parks and state recreation areas, national and state forests, and national wildlife refuges.
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National Parks & Historic Sites
Isle Royale National Park
Explore a rugged, isolated island, far from the sights and sounds of civilization. Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers. Here, amid stunning scenic beauty, you’ll find opportunities for reflection and discovery, and make memories that last a lifetime.
Keweenaw National Historical Park
25970 Red Jacket Rd, Calumet, MI 49913
From 7,000 years ago to the 1900s people mined Keweenaw copper. Native peoples made copper into tools and trade items. Investors and immigrants arrived in the 1800s in a great mineral rush, developing thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities. Though the mines have since closed, their mark is still visible on the land and people.
Motor Cities National Heritage Area
200 Renaissance Center #3148, Detroit, MI 48243
If you are interested in automotive history, then the MotorCities National Heritage Area is the place to be. Tour the factory where Henry Ford created and built the Model T. Learn the stories behind the creation of General Motors and DaimlerChrysler. Come with us and learn about the long and sometimes tenuous relationship between Labor and Industry while experiencing southeast Michigan.
North Country National Scenic Trail
Seven States-New York to North Dakota MI, MN, ND, NY, OH, PA, WI; one location is North County Trailhead M-20, North Country National Scenic Trail, White Cloud, MI 49349
Come to the North Country. Trek the hills and valleys. Lakes and streams remain from glaciers that molded the landscape 10,000 years before. Experience clear-flowing water, the red and gold of autumn, a fairyland of snow, tall grass prairies, and distant horizons. From New York to North Dakota, you’re never far from a great outdoor adventure. Experience your America at a walking pace.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising, Grand Marais, MI
Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, deep forest, and wild shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The power of Lake Superior shapes the park’s coastal features and affects every ecosystem, creating a unique landscape to explore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four-season outdoor opportunities abound.
River Raisin National Battlefield
1403 E Elm Ave, Monroe, MI 48162
River Raisin National Battlefield Park preserves, commemorates, and interprets the January 1813 battles of the War of 1812 and their aftermath in Monroe and Wayne counties in SE Michigan. The Battle resulted in the greatest victory for Tecumseh’s American Indian confederation and the greatest defeat for the U.S. The resulting rally cry “Remember the Raisin” spurred support for the rest of the war.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
3164 W Harbor Hwy, Maple City, MI 49664, USA
Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.
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