5 of the Cheapest (But Also Amazing) Vacation Spots in Michigan

Gas prices are out of control and inflation is killing us on things like groceries and housing…But we’ve still got to get our vacay on, right? So what is one to do with limited cash and a need for adventure? Michigan to the rescue!


Here’s Five of the Cheapest Places to Travel in Michigan:

  1. 🐻 Sleeping Bear Dunes - If you haven’t seen the incredible Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes on Lake Michigan, put this destination on your list right now. They’re beautiful, fun to explore, and make for a perfect vacation on a budget. Book a stay at the Platte River Campground for as little as $22/night, and you can live like a king among the dunes.  
  2. 🍫 Mackinac Island - When people think of the majestic Mackinac Island, they probably don’t think “on a budget” because of the swanky Grand Hotel. But here’s the trick: if you  lodge off-island you can still enjoy the island without the steep price of staying ON the island. Check out the Straits State Park and pay only $17 in the off-season or, if you need a real bed for your aching back, check out the nearby Aurora Borealis Motel.
  3. 🎄”Little Bavaria” aka Frankenmuth - Have you been to the gaming floor at the Bavarian Inn!? It’s overwhelming – think casino meets a rave type vibes – but luckily, there are much quieter options in town. Check out the Frankenmuth Motel, which has rooms starting at around $55. Just be sure to bring your Christmas Spirit, as Frankenmuth is home to the largest year-round Christmas store in the world. 
  4. ⛵ Saugatuck - Once named the best small coastal town in the US, Saugatuck is the perfect family-friendly vacation destination. There is something for everyone, whether riding bikes along the river, sunning at Oval Beach, or checking out the hottest art galleries on Michigan’s west coast. Check out the Campit Outdoor Resort for great prices on campsites and bunkhouses. 
  5. 🏈 Ann Arbor - No, you don’t have to be a Wolverine fan to find fun in Ann Arbor (but seriously, who isn’t a fan!?) There is plenty to do for all ages, from the Hands-On Museum for tots to the Natural History Museum for the whole family. There are fantastic dining options, lots of indy art galleries and theaters, and gorgeous parks. Check out A Victory Inn & Suites, and you’ll definitely feel like a winner when you pocket the savings. 

🔥Bottom line: Michigan is a beautiful state with so much to do. You’re never far from a Great Lake, and with an abundance of affordable campsites and motels, you can absolutely “do” Michigan on a budget. 

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