Michigan - The Great Lakes State!
Michigan is a state bordering 4 of the Great Lakes (Huron, Erie, Michigan & Superior). It contains more than 11,000 inland lakes, spread across its lower and upper peninsulas. Its largest city, Detroit, is famed as the seat of the U.S. auto industry, which inspired Diego Rivera's murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Also in Detroit is Hitsville U.S.A., original headquarters of the Motown record company.
We invite you to tour some of the many attractions that make our state unique! Come and stay a spell and enjoy Michigan!
Traverse City - Home of the Cherry Blossom!
Summer is "beach season" in Traverse City – when you can see why they call this place the Caribbean of the North! Discover why National Geographic named Traverse City one of its Top 10 Summer Trips, why Fodor's Travel listed it among America's 10 Best Small Towns and why Travel + Leisure called it one of America's Most Romantic Towns!
With over 150 inland lakes and hundreds of miles of Lake Michigan shoreline – including the majestic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Traverse City offers visitors limitless opportunities for boating, sailing, paddling, and swimming. There are miles of hiking and cycling trails, blue-ribbon trout streams, and more than 20 golf courses with inspiring views and striking configurations.
America's Cherry Capital - Cherry Blossom Festival early July
Most of Michigan's sweet cherry production is concentrated in the Traverse City area. Many of the golden sweet varieties are made into maraschino cherries. But in July and early August, the countryside around Traverse City is dotted with stands, markets and u-pick signs offering cartons of sweet, dark cherries. And sometimes the cherries soak in the ice cold water to keep them fresh. Appreciation of the cherry has a long history and has became the National Cherry Festival held in Traverse City each July.
The Mackinac Bridge is the one of the world's most beautiful bridges and the longest suspension bridge in the Americas, with a total length of 8,614 feet suspended. It is currently the third longest suspension bridge in the world.
Much of the beauty comes from the setting at the Straits of Mackinac. The Straits link Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge (Big Mac) links Michigan's Lower and Upper peninsulas. Ground was broken to build the Mackinac Bridge on May 7, 1954 and the bridge opened to the public (and the ferries were shut down) on November 1, 1957.
Today the Mighty Mac also unites the communities of Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Michigan. During the early years, the passenger car fare of $7.50 round trip was a day's wages and casual travel was minimal. The lower fares of the last 25 years was low enough that the communities very slowly grew more united. Today, the fare has crept back up to $7 round trip, but there is a discount for commuters.
Mackinac Island Tour
Mackinac Island is an island and resort area, covering 3.8
square miles in land area, in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is
located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state's
Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Pictured Rocks National Park
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore hugs the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It's known for the dramatic multicolored Pictured Rocks cliffs. Unusual sandstone formations like Miners Castle and Chapel Rock define the park’s headlands. Twelve mile Beach has a trail through a nearby white birch forest. Remnants of shipwrecks dot the shoreline around Au Sable Point’s 19th-century lighthouse.
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,944 at the 2010 census. The city is located within Frankenmuth Township, but is politically independent. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, which bills itself as "the World's Largest Christmas Store", is located in Frankenmuth. The most popular nickname is "Little Bavaria", but the city is also nicknamed "Muth".
All year long, Frankenmuth festivals and events bring this quaint riverfront community alive ~ so if you're looking for things to do in Michigan, consider Frankenmuth. Many of the festivities are free or low-cost and offer something for everyone in the family. There are events that embrace the city's German heritage like the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival or Oktoberfest and events for the health and fitness buffs like our runs, bike races and triathlon and many events like Summer Music Fest that bring together two Frankenmuth favorites; music and beer!
Sleeping Bear Dunes
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a breathtaking symphony of water, sky and towering sand dunes on our Lake Michigan shoreline. Part of the national park system since 1970, Sleeping Bear is one of America's most profoundly beautiful landscapes: a 64-mile curve of sweeping vistas, miles of perfect freshwater beaches, forested wilderness islands, miles of hiking trails and the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, is a multi-use pathway that will run for 27 miles from the northern end of the park to a point just south of Empire.
Saugatuck - "One of Top 25 Beaches in the World!"
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in Michigan. The population was 925 at the 2010 census. Originally a lumber town and port, Saugatuck, along with the adjacent city of Douglas, became a noted art colony and tourist destination in the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. In the early 20th century, Saugatuck was home to the famous Big Pavilion, a large dance hall that attracted bands and visitors from across the Midwest. The building was a popular destination on Lake Michigan from its construction in 1909 until it burned down on May 6, 1960.
Today, tourists are drawn to the art galleries, harbor, marinas, scenery, unusual stores, the view from atop Mount Baldhead, and tourist attractions as well as Oval Beach on Lake Michigan, which enjoys a worldwide reputation. Known as a "Top 25 Beaches in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler, and "Best Coastal Small Town" from USA Today, and the "Art Coast of Michigan".
Henry Ford Museum
Step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation allows you to experience the strides of America's greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand by taking a seat. Play pilot as you explore flight innovations, starting with the Wright brothers' achievements, or make yourself at home inside Buckminster Fuller's circular Dymaxion House. Put yourself in the place of the movers and shakers who blazed the trail to where we stand today. And in doing so, discover your own path. 250 acres of innovation. 300 years of history. 26 million artifacts. At The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI, you'll discover America — its culture, inventions, people and can-do spirit — and hundreds of hands-on ways to explore it, enjoy it and be inspired by it.
Michigan's Largest Amusement Park and Water Park
Enjoy 250 acres of fun at Michigan's Adventure and WildWater Adventure. Two amazing parks in one with all kinds of fun for everyone.
This is just a sampling of the many wonderful things Michigan has to offer!