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Tops Out-of-State Road Trip Destinations for Michiganders

For the thrill-seeker

What: Cedar Point

Valravn at Cedar Point

Where: Sandusky, Ohio

Cedar Point is the supreme theme park for those who like rollercoasters. You can also see some shows and go to the beach but Cedar Point is most-appreciated by the real thrill-seeker. Cedar Point has Valravn, a new coaster. Among those records, Valravn is said to be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster.

Travel time from Ann Arbor: Around two hours

For the theater lover

What: Stratford Festival

Where: Stratford, Ontario, Canada

This festival started in the 50s as a way to celebrate the works of Shakespeare. Over the years, the festival has expanded to include other theatrical works with the classic Shakespeare plays. Shows include Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and “As You Like It,” and other offerings like “A Chorus Line” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Travel time from Port Huron: Less than two hours

 For the shopping addict

What: Shipshewana, Indiana

The town, just south of the Michigan border, is rich with Mennonite and Amish culture and a hit with tourists. Don’t forget to bring your coins since Shipshewana is known for its shops, auctions, and flea market. If you want to give your wallet a break, go to the area’s museums, parks, and theatres.

Travel time from Kalamazoo: About an hour

 For those who love the big lake

What: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Your car and then a big, huge ferry that lets you cross Lake Michigan. Take a trip to Milwaukee. You could drive around the lake to get there but it’s more fun to drive your car onto a ferry and take a break from road travel while you adore the view. The ferry ride is a great but there is also lots to look forward to once it is over. Milwaukee offers culture, nightlife, sporting events and more.

Travel time from Muskegon: The ferry ride from Muskegon to Milwaukee is 2 ½ hours

Tips for Your Motorcycle Road Trip (Part II)

Dress appropriately

For road trips, especially on a motorbike, dressing appropriate is vital. Always try wearing riding pants, a comfortable shirt, boots, a full-face helmet, and bring the jacket you feel most comfortable with.

If you are expecting a bumpy ride on two wheels, it’s best to pick knee and elbow guards for more protection. Wear fitted clothes as baggy ones can cause discomfort for long distance riding. If you’re doing dirt bike, here are mistakes you should avoid with your gear.

Stay hydrated

Factors like ‘hydration’ typically take a backseat when considering all vital aspects of a motorbike road trip. You need to have proper hydration with you while on the go. Hydration is crucial and if stopping for water bothers you, invest in a hydration pack. The water bottle in a bag not only keeps the water cold but also comes with a long tube that you can use for drinking water without stopping.

Keeping yourself hydrated is very critical to being on top of your game.

Take breaks

You may need more rest while on a biking road trip than you typically take. Sitting on a bike for long hours without a break can create saddle sores. Know when your bike and body are asking you to stop for a break.

Avoid going overboard with it as it will only lengthen your trip and ultimately make it frustrating. Use the break to rest and to check if you need to refuel your tank and if your bike is in good condition.

Be prepared for unexpected weather

Unlike a car trip, you need to be more vigilant of weather conditions when going on a motorcycle road trip. It may start raining unexpectedly or the temperature might be higher than normal. Make sure that you are ready to deal with it. Bring a raincoat and riding gear that offer proper cover for your luggage is crucial.