Southwest & Itineraries
There is no one word to describe the Southwest region of Michigan. It is a cherished part of our state and has so much to offer: festivals, wine, antiquing…the list goes on. While the activities and attractions in this region are varied, one thing remains the same. Each city and attraction is dedicated to giving travelers the very best experience.
Southwest Michigan is a place of capitols and celebration, of festivals and fun. Southwest Michigan is known as the fruit belt of the Midwest. They have taken their natural bounty and turned it into some of the best regional wine in the country. The wonderful temperate climate allows wineries to grow European grapes and make incredible wines, earning this region the nickname “Napa Valley of the Midwest.” There are almost a dozen vineyards and wineries that offer fantastic tasting, tours, and meals.
Antiquing is a well-loved pastime in Southwest Michigan and there is no shortage of shops to peruse. Stroll through acres upon acres of artifacts from times gone by, searching for your heart’s desire.
You’ll never be far from anything as you discover all that Kalamazoo has to offer. Wander the picturesque streets of Kalamazoo, mingle with the locals, and absorb the culture of this college town. Visit the rural countryside and experience one hundred years of automotive heritage. Or skyrocket into the future as you experience a highly charged, multi-sensory experience.
Explore Battle Creek, lovingly referred to as “Cereal City.” The streets come alive with festivals and fairs throughout the year. Step into another culture on the nearby Pine Creek Indian Reservation, where musical festivals and Pow Wows will enchant you. And, test your hand at lady luck by enjoying some Las Vegas-style gaming.
Enjoy the rural charm of this region by wandering through a corn maze, carving a pumpkin, or enjoying a glass of apple cider. Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA offers plenty of rustic, outdoor adventures— but you can also tuck into a home-style meal or take in a Broadway style production. Take a trip to the heart of our fair state, Lansing. From legislation to the perfect vacation, Lansing is a bustling city with so much to offer visitors. What began as a dense forest is now a thriving city filled with college students and lawmakers.
To reach the heart of Lansing, and the heart of Michigan, head straight to the capitol building. This grand old building was constructed in 1872 and has been the setting of many pivotal moments in Michigan’s history. Wander the hallowed halls, gaze at the intricate domed ceiling, and peek in on a legislative session.
Or learn more about Michigan at the Michigan Historical Museum, which covers the development of our state from Native Americans to French fur traders and explorers. Southwest Michigan is a region of many charms. The natural bounty of the region is everywhere for you to enjoy. From locally made wine to exploring the history of our great state, your Southwest Michigan experience will enchant you from beginning to end.