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4th of July 3 day weekend near Detroit

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4th of July 3 day weekend near Detroit

We live in Calif and my husband will be on business in the Detroit area the 4th of July weekend, and I'm flying to be with him. Unfortunately I don't do well in the heat. Is there anywhere we can go for a weekend that's no more than a 2 hour drive that's a bit cooler, preferably on the water - but the humidity is really rough so the less the better! Thanks so much.

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1. Re: 4th of July 3 day weekend near Detroit

What about staying in Detroit and spending your weekend here? There is a lot going on in the city. If that isn't you bag then I can suggest Niagra Falls, its about 3.5 hour drive, I'm not sure that it will be much cooler. You can also consider going up in Northern Michigan on Lake Huron or Lake Michigan. There are some pretty neat town that aren't to far from Detroit. You can check out Port Huron and Lexington (about an hour - hour 1/2 from Detroit). Tawas is located on Lake Huron, but a bit further away. You may also want to consider Saugatuck and Grand Haven, they are a bit of a drive and located on Lake Michigan.

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2. Re: 4th of July 3 day weekend near Detroit

gobluegirl has just about nailed your inquiry with her suggestions.

Port Huron would be about a 90 minute drive from downtown Detroit; more or less than that from other metro locations. North of Port Huron the Thumb stretches into Lake Huron and around to Saginaw Bay. This area has some charm, and gets you away from city scapes and to great water.

If you go southwest from metro Detroit, you'll find the Irish Hills, another charming area that mixes small town life with nice recreational opportunity. Here's a link to the Irish Hills area.


My family has vacationed in the Thumb and in the Irish Hills. The Irish Hills will be a quieter than the Thumb on July 4th weekend.

Finally, the humidity in SE Michigan is related to temperature. If that weekend is mild to moderate, 70s/low 80s, with good breezes, the humidity will be tolerable. Higher temps and no winds are uncomfortable for all of us living here!

I hope this holiday away from California is delightful for you.

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3. Re: 4th of July 3 day weekend near Detroit

If that's what you want to do, then I would make arrangements now, b/c the sweetwater beach/vacation areas will be very busy. And given the price of gas, most folks are likely to stay close to home over the long holiday.

The eastern coastline of Michigan is not as developed (along Lake Huron) as the western coast (Lake Michigan) just fyi -

If you want to stay in the city - there are lots of indoor things to do -- the Detroit Institute of Arts, The African-American Museum, The Henry Ford Museum, the Eleanor and Edsel Ford House, The Dodge Mansion at Meadowbrook... the casinos. There are places to dine right on the Detroit River or on Lake St. Clair. Shopping - Somerset Collection is great! You can go out into the river on the Detroit Princess and take a dinner cruise. It's very nice. The grounds at Cranbrook also very nice with a small but nice science museum. Lots of places have fireworks in the evening... parades in the morning.

If you want more suggestions, feel free to post back.

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