There are some for whom a vacation is an opportunity to get away from the stresses of work and home and just relax. They may intend to do nothing more strenuous than turn the pages of their book while they lounge on the beach and sip cocktails. But then there are some who prefer to work hard, play hard and sleep when they’re dead. For these people, a vacation is an opportunity to test their sporting skills and prowess, try new thrilling experiences and take their thrill-seeking lifestyles to new heights. For those people, Michigan may not seem like the most obvious state to visit for an action-packed vacation… but with a wealth of awesome sporting activities and unforgettable experiences, it’s a great place for thrill-seekers… if they know where to look!
Here are some of our favorite fun-packed destinations in Michigan for action obsessed holiday-makers.
The winter is a time when many close their doors and wait for spring. But for the adventurous, the snow and ice are just more obstacles to conquer. And Michigan ice climbing is one of the best-kept winter sports secrets in the midwest. From the peaks of Twin Pillars to Dryer Hose the Amphitheater and the famous Curtains, there are a range of climbs that will provide a great entry point for newcomers while also providing a challenge for even the most seasoned ice climbers.
Zip Lining at Frankenmuth
Is there any thought more exhilarating than the notion of soaring through the treetops while the wind whistles in your ears and the ground streaks by beneath your feet? There are a number of great places to go zip lining all over the state from Cannonsburg Ski Area to the aptly named Adrenaline Falls. But for those who like to zip line and climb high above the ground in total safety, the Outdoor Adventure Park at Frankenmuth is a great spot to visit. There are courses for all ages and skill levels making it a great destination for active families as well as solo thrill-seekers and groups.
Ride The Rapids at Northwoods Adventures
What’s more appealing to the adventurous vacationer than the notion of pitting their skills, wits and strength against the roaring, foaming rapids? Those who only really come to life when they’re navigating roiling waters in a kayak will want to get in touch with Northwoods Adventures who can arrange an unforgettable half-day of adventure rafting down Piers Gorge on the Menominee River. With stunning scenery and rapids that go up to Level IV, it’s a great way to test your skills and experience an awesome aquatic adventure.
Take a 180 foot free fall at Michigan’s Adventure
Of course, extreme sports aren’t the only way to get the heart pounding and the adrenaline pumping! A rollercoaster offers an ideal combination of thrills and safety, and Michigan won’t let you down on that front either!
Visit Michigan’s Adventure and you can experience a whole range of awesome rollercoasters and water rides. But for true adrenaline junkies, there’s also a RipChord attraction, which gives you the gift of a 180-foot free fall.
So, if you’re looking for a fun packed place to visit this winter, there’s far more to Michigan than you may have thought!