What to do and see in Michigan, United States: The Best Architectural Buildings

June 10, 2021 Hana Mouser

Think you need an ocean for a beach? Think again. There are miles and miles of sandy lakefront beaches in Michigan (thanks to the four Great Lakes that border it). The west coast of Michigan has especially nice beaches—try a rental in Muskegon, Grand Haven or Saugatuck. You won’t need a car when visiting Mackinac Island. In fact, they’re not allowed—this lovely Victorian resort town is pedestrian-only.

1. St Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

4575 E Outer Dr Intersection of Van Dyke and Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48234-3233 +1 313-893-6025 http://ravanica.org/
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

St Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

2. Meyer May House

450 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-5312 +1 616-246-4821 http://meyermayhouse.steelcase.com/
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5.0 based on 443 reviews

Meyer May House

Built for a prominent merchant in 1908, this prairie-style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is located in the elegant Heritage Hill district, where over 60 architectural styles are represented.

Reviewed By 322JeanB

Docent Ken made the house come alive with his knowledge of the house. The introductory film is very informative, the house is beautifully restored and well worth the time to enjoy. It’s free! Thanks to Steelcase.

3. Hanka Homestead Museum

13249 Hanka Road, Pelkie, MI 49958 +1 906-334-2601 [email protected] http://www.hankahomesteadmuseum.org/about-us
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5.0 based on 12 reviews

Hanka Homestead Museum

4. Applecore Cottage

8003 Mount McSauba Rd, Charlevoix, MI 49720-2044 +1 231-335-1102 [email protected] http://www.applecorecottage.com
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Applecore Cottage

Applecore Cottage is a Charlevoix, Michigan landmark and was named for the Apple trees on the property. It looks like it jumped out of the pages of a storybook. It was designed and built by Virginia Olsen, the daughter of Earl Young, the famous architect of the Charlevoix Mushroom Houses.

5. Olivet Congregational Church

125 College St, Olivet, MI 49076-9794 +1 269-749-2631 https://www.olivetcongregational.org/
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Olivet Congregational Church

6. Detroit Observatory

1398 E Ann St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2051 http://bentley.umich.edu/about/detroit-observatory
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Detroit Observatory

7. Baumgartener House

18577 Masonic, Fraser, MI 48026 +1 586-293-7477 https://www.facebook.com/BaumgartnerHouse/
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Baumgartener House

8. Basilica of St Adalbert

654 Davis Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5149 +1 616-458-3065 https://www.basilicagr.com/
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Basilica of St Adalbert

9. Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix

211 Bridge St, Charlevoix, MI 49720-1403 +1 231-881-0770 http://www.mushroomhousetours.com
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4.5 based on 464 reviews

Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix

Visit all 28 of these magical stone structures a.k.a.Gnome Homes/Hobbit Houses and experience this majestic architecture found nowhere else in the world!! Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will give you fun facts, stories and history not found in any book. Why just drive by and not know a thing about what you are looking at? Our tours will give you memories that will last a lifetime and you will be so glad you did!! There is a reason we are voted the #1 Thing to Do in Charlevoix, Mi!!

Reviewed By RoseBowlTraveler - Cincinnati, United States

Was planning a trip to the area and happened upon a travel article that referenced the Mushroom House Tours. Found there was space Saturday afternoon and booked it online. Enjoyed a lively and fun hour with Edith at the wheel as we rode the extended golf cart through the streets of Charlevoix learning about Earl Young, the Mushroom Houses and Boulder Park neighborhood. Well worth the time and I think much more fun than the self-guided tour. Only suggestion - they may want to consider a "Confirmation" so when you book tickets, you know you are confirmed. Otherwise a great way to learn about interesting architecture and the architect's personality.

10. Boulder Manor

1 Lake Shore Dr, Charlevoix, MI 49720-8909
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Boulder Manor

This house showcases Young's signature use of stones in a blend of practicality and fantasy.

Reviewed By garbo63

This is included on the Mushroom House tour. Then homes in bolder village are amazing really enjoyed this tour and would do again.

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