When to visit Michigan

by SmarterTravel Staff

With ski resorts attracting visitors in the winter and state parks luring campers in the summer, plus many spring and fall activities, Michigan is a year-round destination. When spring melts away the snow, the resorts switch from skiing to golf and continue to draw tourists. In summer, there are plenty of outdoor activities around the Great Lakes and at many of the state's 11,000 inland lakes, rivers, and streams. During autumn, the turning of the leaves creates spectacular color displays.

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  • high season: June to August, late November to March
  • shoulder season: April to May, September to mid-November

Weather Information

The summer months are warm and temperate, with a few scattered showers. Winter temperatures settle in the 30s, with heavy snowfall and reduced sunlight.

Crowd Information

Throughout the year, the state hosts thousands of local, regional, and statewide festivals and events. A few that attract large crowds are the Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island in June, the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City in July, and America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit in November.

Closure Information

The ferry service to Mackinac Island only runs from spring to early fall.

When to Save

Avoid the added expenses of summer lodging by booking in advance or visiting in the shoulder season.

When to Book

Book far in advance for summer vacations, as lodging tends to sell out quickly during this season.

Information provided by Travel Michigan.

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