Michigan Day Trips $100 Travel Challenge

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I love a good travel challenge so when Money SuperMarket contacted me and asked if I would be interested in participating in the $100 travel challenge I jumped at the chance.

Here’s the challenge: How many day trips, that include the family, can I come up with that don’t cost more than $100?

I’m not including any gas cost in the challenge. If I included gas we would just run up to the video store, rent some movies and stay home. Since we live in the middle of nowhere our gas cost is usually quite significant so I’m not including it.

I’ve come up with 4 day trips from Cadillac, MI. Without further ado here they are:

TRIP 1: Visit Grand Rapids, MI

Travel Time: approximately 90 minutes each way

Morning: John Ball Park Zoo Cost: $8.50/pp*3=$11.50
Lunch: Picnic at John Ball Park
Afternoon: Craig’s Cruisers for go-karts, putt-putt, and arcade games; includes Pizza Buffet for dinner. $20/pp*3=$60

Total Cost: $71.50

TRIP 2: Canoeing & Exploring Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes

Travel Time: 65 minutes each way

Early Afternoon: Tube the Platte River from Riverside Canoes $16/pp*3=$48
Lunch: Picnic at Lake Michigan & enjoy some beach time
Late Afternoon: Tour around the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes $10 car pass
Evening: Cherry Bowl Drive In Movie Theater $8/pp*3=$24 + $15 popcorn/drinks

Total Cost: $97

TRIP 3: Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Travel Time: 2 hours each way

Morning: On way to Mears stop at Country Fresh Dairy in New Era Tour $6/adult*2=$12 + $3/child=$15
Lunch: Picnic lunch
Afternoon: Silver Lake Sand Dunes Dune Rides $17/pp*3=$51
Drive home: Stop for dinner at place of choice $30

Total Cost: $96

TRIP 4: Around Town

Travel Time: N/A

Morning: Bike ride the Cadillac Pathways (free)
Lunch: Pick up sandwiches and deli salads at Hermann’s Cafe. Eat lunch at the lake. $20
Afternoon: Geocache–over 100 caches within a 10 mile radius (free)
Evening: Dinner + Movie $30 Dinner/$20 Movie=$50

Total Cost: $70

What are your favorite things to do for day trips?

disclaimer: Moneysupermarket covered the cost of the challenge by providing the $100.

Happy Travels,

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  1. Tammy Bentley says:

    I would recommend Ludington State Park, play at the beach, rent canoes or kayaks, tube down the river between Hamlin lake and Lake Michigan. Other than Canoe rentals, everything else is covered with your 10.00 State park sticker. Bring your own tubes for tubing. You can rent bikes and I believe they have Geo-Caching sites also.

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