Budget-Friendly Michigan Travel Destinations for the Financially Savvy





In today's world of limitless travel options, it has become more important than ever to be financially savvy when embarking on your adventures. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time explorer, understanding the financial implications of your wanderlust can significantly enhance your experiences and ensure you make the most of your precious resources.

Being financially savvy while traveling extends beyond mere budgeting; it's about making informed choices, maximizing value, and safeguarding your financial well-being. When you have a solid grasp of your finances, you gain the confidence to explore new destinations, immerse yourself in local cultures, and create memories that will last a lifetime without compromising your financial security.

As a Credit Union, we understand the importance of saving money while still experiencing the joys of travel. Michigan boasts an array of captivating destinations that cater to even the most budget-conscious travelers. Here are a few ideas to help you plan an affordable getaway:




Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Dock leading into the water with a sunset of orange and blue colors.

Nestled along Lake Michigan's shoreline, Sleeping Bear Dunes offers stunning views of towering dunes, crystal-clear waters, and pristine forests. Explore hiking trails, kayak the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, or simply relax on the sandy beaches. With free admission, parking, and camping options, you can enjoy this natural wonder without breaking the bank.


  • Isle Royale National Park

Two kayaks on the shore line with a sunset in the distance and a tree line going past the kayaks

Escape to an archipelago of unspoiled islands in Lake Superior. Ferry tickets start at around $50, and camping is available for as low as $15 per night. Hike through dense forests, kayak along pristine shorelines, and spot wildlife like moose, wolves, and bald eagles.


  •  Mackinac Island

Horse pulling a carriage of people along a road next to the great lake with boats filling the water.

Step back in time on this charming car-free island in the Straits of Mackinac. Explore historic Fort Mackinac, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or rent a bicycle to experience the island's scenic trails. While accommodations can be pricey, consider camping or staying in budget-friendly guesthouses.


  • Frankenmuth

Village houses from an aerial view looking down.

Known as "Michigan's Little Bavaria," Frankenmuth offers a blend of German culture and budget-friendly attractions. Visit Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, the world's largest Christmas store, or explore the Frankenmuth Riverwalk. Take advantage of free horse-drawn carriage rides and enjoy delicious German cuisine at affordable restaurants.


  • Grand Rapids

Bridge lit up in blue and purples at night time with large skyscrapers in the distance.


Discover a vibrant city with a thriving arts and culture scene. Admission to the Grand Rapids Art Museum is free on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Explore the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for a stunning display of botanical wonders and sculptures. Enjoy free concerts and events throughout the city center.





Michigan offers an abundance of budget-friendly travel destinations that will leave you with lasting memories. From the breathtaking beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes to the historical charm of Mackinac Island, there's something for everyone in the Great Lake State.

At Aeroquip Credit Union we understand that even the most budget-conscious travelers may need a little extra help to make their vacation dreams a reality. That's why we're offering a special vacation loan to our members, allowing them to borrow up to $2,000 with a monthly payment as low as $189* a month for 11 months. This convenient and affordable financing option can help you cover expenses like accommodations, activities, and transportation, ensuring that you can experience the wonders of Michigan without breaking the bank.

So, pack your bags, plan your itinerary, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in the Great Lake State. And if you need a little extra financial assistance, take advantage of our vacation loan special and make your Michigan adventure a reality today!

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*Advertised payment of $189 is a monthly estimate and for example purposes only. Your actual payment may differ based on your creditworthiness, loan amount, loan term, and other factors. Please consult with a loan officer to determine your actual payment amount. Annual percentage rate of 7.5%. Special expires July 31, 2024. Federally insured by the NCUA.

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