Every state has its special places which are familiar to most visitors. These spots are often crowded and expensive, in part because of their popularity. Then, there are those places that are as equally wonderful, but just less advertised. These locations are the ones you’re more likely to see locals visit. Like every other state, Michigan has these special little secrets. Here’s a list of 8 of the most wonderful ones. Just ask the locals and you’ll find that they agree these spots should be on any “must see” list when visiting this beautiful state.
Located in Palms Book State Park in the Upper Peninsula, this natural spring is so unique, you’re unlikely to see anything else like it in Michigan. Also referred to as the Big Spring, Kitch-iti-Kipi is the name given by the indigenous Ojibwa of the First Nations. There are a number of different translations, including “The Great Water” and the “Mirror of Heaven”. The water is an unbelievable color of green, almost emerald and turquoise in turn. The floor of the spring is lined with cracks in the limestone from which water gushes out, estimated to be as much as 10,000 gallons per minute. This means that the floor of the spring is constantly evolving, as the gushing water prevents any sediments from settling on the bottom. Large trout inhabit the spring, and there are barges with openings in the center that offer you great views of the waters below.