Michigan is a wonderland of water owing to the fact that the state borders four of the great lakes. Though its official nickname is the Wolverine state, there are many who simply call it the great lakes state. Some call it a fresh water paradise. If you live in the Rochester Hills area, most of these inland oases, are less than three hours away and perfect for a simply day trip in the summer. Here are 5 of the best day trips to take from the Rochester Hills Michigan area.
Harrisville State Park
Harrisville State Park is a hidden gem nestled on the shored of Lake Huron. If what you want this summer is beautiful sandy beaches then this is a trip you won’t regret. Established in 1921, this 107 acre park offers picnic and pavilion areas as well as a bicycle rental program. The trail is three-quarters of a mile long, and the shoreline is pet friendly so you can bring your fur babies along for the ride.
Belle Isle State Park
If you want to escape but don’t have a ton of time on your hands, Belle isle is the perfect solution. Only 21 minutes outside Detroit proper. This 982-acre park is the perfect spot for a relaxing picnic or a day of sun, sand, and swimming. If swimming is quite your scene, you can take in the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo or any of the other great attractions around the Park.
Point Pelee National Park
For this one you’re going to need a passport or passport card. Southern Ontario has a ton of hidden gems to be mined, and Point Pelee is among the best of them. Point Pelee is known for its beautiful native birds, butterflies in the summer, and immaculate shorelines and camping. There are canoe tours through the wetlands, unique “oTENTik” camping experience, and for star gazers, the one of a kind Dark Sky preserve which is one of the best places in Canada to observe the night sky.
Cuyahoga National Park
This park is one of the most popular in the state. Just a quick look at the lush natural scenery is enough to understand why. History runs deep in the valley with over 12000 years of human occupation. Everyone from pre-Columbian Native Americans, to 20th century Americans have shaped the vally and made it a unique experience. Brandywine Falls is one of the most popular locations. This 65 foot waterfall is carved by the Brandywine creek and once powered a thriving village.
Silver Lake State Park
If you have the time for a real day trip, consider the other side of Michigan. Located in Oceania County, Silver Lake State Park is 3000 acres of canoeing, boating, fishing, and outdoor fun. Not to mention a huge sandy beach on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Michigan is a land of variation, from mountains in the Upper Peninsula, to sandy beaches along any of the four great lakes on its border, and everything in between. Check it out for yourself this summer, you won’t be disappointed.