Top Four Attractions in Michigan for Large Groups to Visit

Michigan, Home of the auto makers, and mostly known for its auto industry, holds other, more lesser known wonders and places that make it a great destination for sightseeing and travel. A couple of sites you may have heard of vaguely, that are very popular are: Ann Arbor, Port Huron, and Detroit.

Auto Museums & Shows in Detroit

Henry Ford Museum

Henry Ford Museum

For the automobile collectors and aficionados or even your average car lover, Detroit is home to all things auto related. It hosts some of the world’s largest auto shows (NAIAS, 2009)and offers some of the best museums for seeing vintage as well as modern and futuristic models of cars and trucks. One of the museums featuring a varied selection of vehicles: presidential, trucks, airplanes, etc. is the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI (approx. nine miles from Detroit). It features an IMAX theatre, Greenfield Village, and the Ford Factory Tour. It is suggested that you get a multi-day pass, as there is so much to do and experience (The Henry Ford, 2011). Reservations are recommended for groups of more than 15 people. Let Cardinal Buses get your group to and from Detroit to see all the sights!

Shopping Adventures in Troy

Close to Detroit is Troy, MI which boasts one of the most upscale, elite shopping malls – the Somerset Collection. It is home to Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Markus, Ralph Loren/ Polo, Tiffany and Co, and more than 150 other fine department stores. (Wikipedia, 2011) It is near Lake St. Clair, which offers beach activities, fishing, and boating activities and a 1600 foot boardwalk (Metro Beach Metro Park, N/A).

Outdoor Festivals in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan is another popular site. It is about 50 minutes from Detroit and home to University of Michigan. The town dates back to 1823 (About Ann Arbor, 2011) and brings together old culture with new. The University houses Nichols Arboretum, an expansive Peony garden with over 270 varieties of plants, which bloom mid-May through mid-June. During the Peony Festival (June) activities include live music, food, Peony sale, and tours. The blooms and fragrance are unforgettable. (Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, 2011). Parking is limited but Cardinal Buses can drop your group off right at the entrance and pick you up once your day is done. Entrance to the park is free and it is open sunrise to sunset seven days a week. The arboretum is also a great place for bird watching. Ann Arbor is also home to the famous Ann Arbor Art Fair. (Art Fair, 2011). It is staged in the streets bringing together old and new with a variety of restaurants and shops featuring local artisans.

Port Huron’s Natural Attractions

Blue Water Bridges - Explore

Blue Water Bridge

The area of Port Huron is another place featuring top tourist and sightseeing attractions and natural attractions. The Blue Water Bridge spans the St. Clair River and connects Port Huron, Michigan with Ontario, Canada. The bridge is one of the most fun and interesting photo opportunities in the state. (Wikipedia, Blue Water Bridge, 2011) Two structures form the bridge; the original span was built around 1930 and opened to traffic in 1938. The second structure was opened in 1997. Fort Gratiot Lighthouse is located in Port Huron and is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan and is still in operation. The Huron Lightship museum and the St. Clair Tunnel are also located in Port Huron. The St. Clair Tunnel was the first underwater tunnel in North America. (Wikipedia, St. Clair Tunnel, 2011)

All of these sites offer large groups a variety of things to see and do. There is plenty to spend a day to a week in each of these areas. The museums, buildings and landmarks offer a look into yesterday combined with the modern technology of today.

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