Virtually Travel Pure Michigan

Becca Ballard

Explore Michigan's destinations and discover educational adventures, all in the comfort of your own home today!

Looking to explore Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas? We live in such a beautiful and adventurous state yet many of us never take the opportunity to get out there and take the adventure. Explore Michigan destinations right from you own living room. Whether it's a date night or family event, this virtual tour will get you excited to plan your next trip around the mitten. Pure Michigan has a growing collection of live webcams for anyone to take advantage of viewing right now. So many different places can be seen throughout the state, from the waves of Lake Superior to the De Zwaan Dutch windmill in Holland; there is so much live footage to explore from the comfort of your own home.

Take a tour, virtually of course, of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, or a birds-eye-view of the Mackinac Bridge. If that isn't your cup of tea, go on a Historic Sites Tour in Manistee, check out Mission Point Lighthouse or explore Grand Traverse Lighthouse. Daily, weekly or monthly, choose a new place to virtually view and enjoy. Are you into Traverse City cherries? Virtually see Traverse City's cherry trees in full bloom for spring. From Ann Arbor to Petoskey, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising to The Detroit Zoo, you can see just about anything and everything that Michigan has to offer, thanks to Pure Michigan.

Now be warned, these virual explorations may be just the push needed to book your next long weekend vacation or find a new favorite Michigan travel destination. It's not just urban attractions that are providing a way to virtually explore, but also outdoor recreation destinations. See what's going on around Michigan as there is quite the variety of options that the whole family can both enjoy and learn from.

For further options to check out, there is the Fredierik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, which is filming their butterfly exhibit and hosting daily live virtual visits that you won't want to miss out on. Audio tours are also available so you can relax to the sound of the Great Lakes State with Pure Sounds of Michigan. This album invites listeners to take a virtual, sunrise-to-sunset journey with ambient sounds captured at ten different state parks. From 360 degree videos of lighthouse sunsets, to watching penguins swim overhead at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, you can just about see it all. Take a virtual field trip to not only keep an eye on the penguin life, but even explore raptor habitats through Leslie Science & Nature Center's Raptor 360 Experience in Ann Arbor. Scroll around Michigan.org/webcams and find something of interest for everyone's interests in your family.

The virtual tours don't stop at outdoor adventures as you can even check out Michigan's museums. Virtually visit The Henry Ford Museum or Air Zoo which is Michigan's Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum where you can even do awesome things like DIY learning experiments, games, learn about artifacts, plus so much more. This isn't the only museum offered virtually as you will find many more options including The Henry Fod Museum. So what are you waiting for, take a look for yourself and decide where you want to explore today! Visit Michigan.org/webcams to get started.

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Welcome to a glimpse into the latest local stories, travel, restaurants and more! Most topics you'll find around here are local to Michigan, but I might just surprise you! Grab a coffee and stay for awhile. I hope to leave you restless with the urge to explore somewhere new whether that be a new city or restaurant.

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