12. Coney dogs and Tigers games
Two Detroit staples that go hand in hand with a badass summer. Replenish the lost nutrients from swilling ballpark beers in the hot summer sun with a Coney dog or three. Toss in a Vernors and you’re ready for the second game of the double header.
13. Lack of natural disasters
While the rest of the nation spends the summer battling wildfires, stifling heat, oppressive humidity, drought, hurricanes, and any number of odd calamities, Michigan sits pretty with just the occasional tornado and outrageously awesome thunderstorm. Watch the news sometime in August, it’s mayhem out there! Then jump on your pontoon boat and enjoy the perfect 80-degree weather.
Between nearly four million acres of state forest, one national park, two national lakeshores, more than 100 state parks -- there is no shortage of places to pitch your tent (snort). You can choose the easy route with electrical hookups, showers, vending machines, etc. Or you can go big and backpack the wilderness of the Manitou Islands with just your hatchet and beef jerky to depend on.