Michigan For Short Stopover

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I take the Lake Express Ferry across Lake Michigan. The ferry runs from Milwaukee to Muskegon, MI. Since Muskegon is a relatively small town (173,500 county population), I stop for one attraction. Evidently, it’s a good example of Queen Anne Architecture. Afterward, I move on to Grand Rapids and the Gerald R. Ford Museum. (And I make it to Michigan for short stopover at a couple of other attractions as well. Here’s a link back to the overall trip.)

Michigan For Short Stopover
Heading out by ferry to Michigan

I’m leaving Milwaukee in the afternoon on the Lake Express Ferry. Then, we go out into Lake Michigan. The temperature in Milwaukee reached the mid-80s. When we pulled away from the shore, we found wind, rain, and temps in the 60s. We certainly hung on to seats, counters, and guardrails when moving around! Initially, I visited with a young couple on a short vacation in the northern part of Lower Michigan.

Following that conversation, I talked with a couple of guys who were taking a biking trip. One of them was from the Twin Cities and the other was from Dallas. They said they were old friends. Of course, I “talked up” my blog to both groups. But my Driveby Tourist t-shirts give it away! Finally, taking the ferry to bypass Chicago makes Michigan For Short Stopover a great option.

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By the way, here’s a link to another place to visit on the Lake Michigan beach.

Michigan For Short Stopover at Muskegon

This historic Queen Anne home in Muskegon shows off that architectural style. Here’s a link to the Lakeshore Museum Center, including the Hackley House. After all, since I’m bypassing Chicago for this Michigan For Short Stopover, Muskegon’s a good place to visit.

Hackley House
About Hackley House

The sign gives some information about the house. But, this house and the one next door were COVID-closed, so I didn’t get inside. And, I’m fine with that as I have too many places to see already!

Besides, The Driveby Tourist doesn’t like to take a lot of time in museums!

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Michigan For Short Stopover
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Gerald R. Ford is the only President who never was elected, either as President or Vice President! So, read more about him in a separate post. And here’s a link to the Gerald R. Ford post.

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He grew up here in Grand Rapids. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor hosts the Gerald Ford Library.

Michigan For Short Stopover in Saugatuck

Saugatuck remains a well-known Lake Michigan beach area. Evidently, Sundays in mid-September aren’t “beach days” here. You see the Oval Beach here, and there are several more named areas. Of course, the beach traffic creates a great art scene and bar/restaurant businesses. Due to the location, most visitors hail from Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. It’s about 140 miles from Chicago for an easy weekend drive.

Of course, you may also want to visit a rock-hunting beach on Lake Michigan.

More Michigan

After viewing the beach and grabbing a bite to eat, I continued my drive to Michigan For Short Stopover places. I didn’t “really” stop again until I reached the Indiana Dunes National Park. Nice drive, but I had “miles to go before I sleep.”

By the way, every post about a state for this trip features a Classic Rock musician from that state. If you read about Wisconsin, you probably noticed!

And, if you really want to know how much time I’ve spent in Michigan, here’s the link.

Classic Rock Recollection

“Turn the Page” by Bob Seger

On a long and lonesome highway
East of Omaha
You can listen to the engine
Moanin’ out his one-note song

Written by: Bob Seger
(I’m using a musician from the state. He grew up and still lives in the Detroit area.)