How to enjoy a Michigan summer during pandemic


The shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan.

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) — Summer is officially here in Michigan, and that means more traveling for most people.

“We are two peninsulas, but we are one Pure Michigan,” Dave Lorenz, the vice president of Travel Michigan, shared his message to residents.

He has been going around the state to make sure the travel industry and businesses are keeping people safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The traveling industry is doing a phenomenal job. All the places I’ve visited here in the Upper Peninsula — I’ve been to St. Ignace, Fayette, Escanaba, we went to the Island Resort and Casino, here in Marquette — everybody seems to be really understanding what they need to do to keep others safe,” Lorenz told WOOD TV8’s U.P. sister station WJMN.

If you want to travel this summer but don’t want to venture too far away from home, there are still ways to explore the state.

“When was the last time you’ve been to places in the U.P.? When was the last time you were a tourist in your own town? There’s a reason so many people want to be here because this is a beautiful place,” Lorenz said. “So maybe forget about the lawn mowing, maybe get out of the house, find a local hotel, go to places you would go to if you were a tourist. It’s a really great way to do it. And that way you can stay closer to home.”

Lorenz also stated that when you travel and visit tourism areas in your town, county, or state, it helps boost the Michigan economy because out-of-state tourism might be significantly lower this summer season.

Michigan Welcome Centers at this point are not fully available to tourists and residents around the state, however, restrooms and rest stops are open. To find out what facilities are open and where, you can visit the Michigan Department of Transportation website. Information is also available on

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