A Michigan Winter Bucket List

Embrace the cold and snow! Every year the Michigan landscape transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Here are some of my favorite ways to celebrate this special time of year.

Eben Ice Caves – Central Upper Peninsula

Take the half-mile journey into the Rock River Wilderness Area to visit the Eben Ice Caves. Located about 30 minutes outside of Munising, Michigan, the Eben Ice Caves are one of the most beautiful winter phenomenons I have experienced. Sixty-foot tall icicles form where a seasonal waterfall normally trickles, creating a wide ice curtain. It is well worth visiting at least once.

Grab Snowshoes & Hit the Trails

Pine Trees

Snowshoe the more than 12,500 miles of hiking trails Michigan offers. State parks, the North Country Trail, and even local nature centers offer snowshoeing opportunities.

Visit a Frozen Lighthouse

Hit the beaches and check out some of the 100+ lighthouses in Michigan. These historic structures get hammered by the harsh gales of the great lakes. With the dropping temperatures, they get transformed into stunning ice sculptures.

Attend a Winter Festival

The possibilities are endless. Michigan offers some extremely unique and fun winter festivals all throughout the state. Some possibilities include:

  • Plymouth Ice Festival (Plymouth, MI)
  • Nordic Fire Festival (Charlotte, MI)
  • Grand Haven WinterFest (Grand Haven, MI)
  • Heikki Lunta Winterfest (Negaunne, MI)
  • Zehnder’s Snowfest (Frankenmuth, MI)
  • Michigan IceFest (Munising, MI)
  • Michigan Tech Winter Carnival (Houghton, MI)
  • Trenary Outhouse Classic (Trenary, MI)

In addition, many towns, such as Rochester, dress up the town in festive lights.

Visit a Frozen Waterfall

Each waterfall takes on a different appearance in the winter, and no two waterfalls are the same. From tall icicles where water can still be heard trickle from inside an encased tube to waterfalls touched by snow and ice formed on the river rocks. Visiting a waterfall in winter is a special treat.

Go Camping

Winter camping is a step up from summer camping. You really need to be prepared for anything. Spending a bit more on your gear can really make a difference. Plan well, and winter camping can be a special treat. There are a handful of Michigan State Parks that are open during the winter or go disperse camping in the National Forests or State Forests.

Hit the Slopes

Skiing resorts can be found in nearly every part of the state. All of which offer good slopes for skilled and beginner skiers. From Mt. Marquette in Marquette, MI to Mt. Brighton in Brighton, MI, there are plenty of opportunities to get your ski on.

Michigan’s winter provides us with a unique opportunity to see things from a different perspective. It is my favorite time of year to get outside and explore.

So, what’s on your bucket list this year?

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