Stand-up paddleboarding at sunrise on Lake Huron in Alpena
The glittering waterfront city of Detroit
Kayaking past Turnip Rock in Lake Huron off the coast of Point Aux Barques
The Pink Pony overlooking the marina on Mackinac Island
The enchanting cascades of Tahquamenon Falls
The sun peeks through Holland’s windmill among a field of tulips
Dramatic views from the Pyramid Point Trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Enjoying the Grand Rapids cityscape from the rooftop at Mertens
An autumn mountain biking excursion in Copper Harbor
Sailboats docked on the Saginaw River in Bay City
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A world of natural beauty and exciting attractions
A Place That Feels Like a True Vacation
Within the Great Lake State’s expansive borders – which sweep northward to Canada – reside some of the nation’s greatest variety of things to see and do. See small towns styled like Dutch villages, idyllic islands that keep to a horse-and-carriage pace and romantic lighthouses like Big Red (Michigan’s most photographed) rising up out of vast, cobalt-blue lakes. Spend some time in quintessential college towns such as Ann Arbor and East Lansing, or explore the Upper Peninsula’s natural wonders, including shipwrecks, colonial forts and kilometers of snowmobile and cross-country skiing trails.
Excitement and Cultural Adventures in Detroit
Immerse yourself in one of the USA’s most historically significant cities, Detroit, teeming with unique neighborhoods and rich with diverse cuisines, eclectic shopping and stand-out museums that do more than just showcase exceptional art. Catch a professional baseball, hockey, basketball or football game at the city’s grand sports arenas or an unforgettable show at a historic theater. Here, the city’s Motown legacy is kept alive at Hitsville U.S.A., Motown’s first headquarters, while its automotive heritage is preserved at Detroit Historical Museum and the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. View Diego Rivera’s famous Detroit Industry Murals at Detroit Institute of the Arts, take a walking tour of Corktown, the city’s oldest ethnic area, or check out the iconic architecture of the Fisher Building.
Endless Nature and Outdoors
Discover apple and cherry orchards and beach towns beyond the coastal dunes. Look for a Petoskey stone, fossilized coral often found on the beaches here. Go boating on any one of thousands of inland lakes in the summer and ice skate in winter. Hike through colorful forests in the fall, and head to Traverse City wine country in the spring, when “blossom time” is in full swing across the state. Recreation here is year-round, from fly-fishing to flyboarding, sledding to swimming. Visit natural wonders like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – 64 kilometers of shoreline and a vision of Michigan like none other – with its waterfalls and layered, multicolored cliffs towering over Lake Superior. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a paradise shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, embodies the wild spirit of Michigan with its 135-meter bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.
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The nation’s largest indoor-outdoor museum complex, which features entertainment as well as American history, is The Henry Ford in Dearborn.
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Mackinac Island’s M-185 is the only highway in the nation where motor vehicles are banned.
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Voted “Beer City USA” in national polls and named Best Beer Town, Best Beer Scene and Best Beer City by USA TODAY readers, Grand Rapids is home to more than 80 local breweries.
Photo: Experience Grand Rapids