Michigan, the Great App State

Traverse Traveler app

There’s an app for that.

A part of our daily jargon, that phrase has become an integral part of our tech-centered world. From an app that calls you when your baby wakes up in the next room (seriously) to an app that controls locks and lights in your house by remote control, there is no wish our app worlds cannot grant. What better way to honor both our Mitten state and our tech-savvy society than a list of the very best (in my opinion) Michigan apps.

Traverse Traveler app

Traverse Traveler App

Below, these Michigan apps range from travel and tourism to food and drink to entertainment. A number of businesses have taken charge by realizing our mobile world is becoming the standard to uphold.

Travel/Tourism

-Traverse Traveler: A guide to the Traverse City area featuring local restaurants, wineries, attractions, shopping, events, services and much more ordered by proximity to the user. Available on iOS and Android.

-Experience 231: Experience 231 is comprised of non-profit and local government groups that work together to preserve Northern Michigan’s natural landscape and resources. The app allows access to information on hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, skiing, swimming, paddling, birding, and more, all determined by user preference. Available on iOS and Android.

-Michigan Lighthouses: A comprehensive guide to Michigan’s more than 115 lighthouses with location, photo, nearby attractions, historical facts, contact information and more. Available on iOS and Android.

-Michigan Camping and Recreation Locator: Presented by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this app provides information on places to camp, boat, hike, and swim. Find state parks, campgrounds and boat launches by proximity, region or city. Available on iOS, Android, and Blackberry.

-Landmarked Detroit: An app for the true Detroiter. Explore downtown Detroit by GPS and surrounding landmarks, unlock unique content and fun facts or media by visiting a landmark, and learn Detroit’s history, current events, and future developments. Available on iOS.

Food/Drink

-Michigan By The Bottle: As the fourth-largest grape growing state, Michigan has almost 15,000 acres of vineyards. This app explores Michigan wines and offers profiles to history, taste, maps, and more. Available on iOS and Android.

-Mitten Brew: MittenBrew launched their website a couple years as a way to document the emerging Michigan beer scene’s continuous growth. The app gives access to Michigan beer news, recipes and events. Available on Android.

-Taste The Local Difference: Brought to you by the Michigan Land Use Institute, the Taste the Local Difference app uses GPS to show local farms, retailers and restaurants. You can even search by a specific food that you’re looking for and receive turn-by-turn directions. Available on iOS.

-Michigan Farmer’s Markets: Shop and eat local! This app uses GPS to show the closest Farmer’s markets, orchards, corn mazes and more. Users can save their favorites, browse or search for specific locations. Available on iOS.

-Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association: The LPVA uses their app to connect users with Michigan’s largest wine trail, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Along the way, the app shows wineries and businesses, maps, lodging, events, restaurants, transportation, shopping and more. Available on iOS.

Entertainment

-Art Prize: The world’s largest public art competition, the Art Prize app allows you to vote for the various artist pieces to win the top prize. You can also use maps to find the location of all of the competition entries in Grand Rapids. Available on iOS and Android.

-Electric Forest: A music festival located in Rothbury, Michigan, Electric Forest allows you to see the full list of artists and lineup. You can create your own list of artists in a schedule, explore the festival map, and share pictures of you and your friends. Available on iOS and Android.

-Michigan Microcaps: An addicting game that allows you to make matches of Michigan brew caps to gain points and advance levels. Available on iOS and Android.

What are your favorite Michigan mobile apps?

Photo credit: Traverse Traveler

Kristin Coppens

About Kristin Coppens

Kristin Coppens is responsible for BCBSM coverage of the West Michigan, Northern Michigan, and Upper Peninsula regions. Kristin is a writer, social media enthusiast, and information junkie. A self-proclaimed foodie, techie, and political nerd, she is a dedicated promoter of Grand Rapids community development, urban engagement, arts, healthcare, wellness, supporting and buying local, entrepreneurism, and the city as a whole.
 
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