GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) - You don't need to spend a ton of money on exotic vacation spots this summer, check out what Michigan has to offer. From beautiful beaches to festivals you'll want to start going to every year our state has a ton to offer. Plan a few long weekends and take the family on trip they'll never forget.
Traverse City, MI: Grand Traverse is known for their huge cherry harvests and they celebrate in a big way. Check out the National Cherry Festival from June 29-July 6, 2013. Come out and experience everything beautiful Traverse City has to offer from live music to food and drink inspired by the delicious and seasonal cherries.
Frankenmuth, MI: Transport back to a rural German town in Frankenmuth . Besides carriage rides and delicious roasted chicken, Frankenmuth has tons of family friendly attractions and is definitely worth planning a weekend trip.
Mackinac Island, MI: Mackinac Island is worth the long weekend trip. There is so much to see and do from the beautiful state park to the butterfly house to sampling some famous Mackinac fudge, it's sure to be your family's new favorite summer spot.
Sault Saint Marie, MI: Michigan's first city is worth appreciating. Nicknamed "The Soo" has Indian roots, boats, and that small town feel a great spot to take the family. The 32nd annual Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Pow Wow and Summer Gathering from July 5-8, 2013 is a must do summer activity. Experience Native American culture like never before at this amazing festival.
Grand Haven, MI: The beaches in Grand Haven, Michigan boasts some of the nicest in the country. Take the family for a weekend trip and experience the boardwalks, lighthouses, historic little town. So many activities to do day and night, you'll wonder why you would ever need to leave Michigan again!
Experience the magic of Grand Rapids with a ride through the city on a horse-drawn carriage.
Student marvels at how far they've come at West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids.
Maranda and her partners joined together for a special holiday celebration at Meijer for foster & refugee families with Bethany Christian Services. WOTV 4 Women along with Bethany Christian Services, Craig's Cruisers, Meijer, Fifth-Third Bank & Priority Health & other partners spent the night meeting these special families during a taping of Maranda Where You Live. The night was filled with food, entertainment and shopping with these special families.