The Ultimate Summer Michigan Bucket List for 2021

A Summer Lake Michigan Road Trip, Ludington to Frankfort - The Awesome Mitten


You’re looking for more than a summer vacation or day-trips – you’re looking for an opportunity to explore, spend time with the people you love the most, and create memories. In short, you’re looking for an experience – a way to make your summer special. 

Now is the perfect time to explore in your own big, backyard – Michigan! – create memories, and support local Michigan businesses and attractions.

At Awesome Mitten, we’re putting together the ULTIMATE Michigan summer bucket list for 2021. The list will include unique experiences across both peninsulas and in each of the 83 counties. 

Whether you’re planning a vacation and looking for the ultimate thing to experience in an area, love to take day-trips, or just know you need to get away and experience more of Michigan, Awesome Mitten has you covered with #MIAwesomeList2021

Don’t miss out on experiencing the best of what Michigan has to offer. From all-time favorites to off-the-beaten-path hidden gems, you’re going to love #MIAwesomeList2021

Right now, we’re taking nominations for your favorite places in Michigan, especially lesser known favorites. Nominate your favorite now!

And, if you’re a CVB or Business get more details on how you can join the Michigan celebration this year!

It's Time To Explore Michigan
Are You Ready?

#MIAwesomeList is the Ultimate summer bucket list in Michigan where you can experience Michigan to its fullest – from beloved Michigan favorites to hidden gems and haunts known only to the localest of locals.

We believe ALL of Michigan is great and we want to help you experience it to the fullest!

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Anyone who lives, works, or plays in Michigan. In short, if you love Michigan, you should join us!


The ultimate summer bucket list in Michigan - over 100 things to see, do, experience, and join in our favorite state!


Every single county will be included from - Michigan's favorites to hidden gems.


#MIAwesomeList2021 runs from May 31, 2021 through August 16, 2021.


Sign up to be the first to get the full bucket list, opportunities for free swag, and more! And then, get out there and adventure!

Tell us Your Favorite summer things to do in Michigan

We want to include the best summer adventures that each Michigan county has to offer. That means we want to hear from you about the hidden gems and the off-the-beaten-path experiences where you live, work, and play. 

Tell us as many of your favorites as you like below. Simply reload the page if you’d like to submit it for another location.

  • Please include any relevant details and WHY you think it's so great.
    You’ll be the first to get the downloadable bucket list, opportunities for free swag, and more!
Mackinac Bridge across the water
A Summer Lake Michigan Road Trip, Ludington to Frankfort - The Awesome Mitten

Join the Party!

Want to participate in #MIAwesomeList this summer? Sign up below. You’ll get access to the #MIAwesomeList2021, plus the first chance at free swag, and more!

Favorite Destinations

Visit The Capital Bern

Ski Matterhorn


Visit Zurich

Swiss Riviera

"This list was amazing. We haven't taken a trip together in the ten years we've known each other... We decided life was too short and there were too many great places we were missing because we weren't making adventures a priority. I’m sure this sounds super cheesy, but having this list was a true blessing for us.”
Love on Lake Michigan.
Past #MIAwesomeList Participant

Join as a Sponsor

Whether you’re a Michigan business, organization, or CVB we’ve got a spot for you to help us spotlight your mission and bring the ultimate Michigan Summer Bucket List to life!

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