Michigan

Michigan is a spectacular state if you love being outdoors enjoying recreational pursuits or simply just the beautiful scenery.

The northern state of Michigan consists of two peninsulas that are divided by Lake Michigan and linked by one of the longest suspension bridges in the world stretching across the Straits of Mackinac. The state’s long freshwater shoreline extending for 3,000 miles comprises Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie.

Detroit City

Detroit is another main attraction of the state. Renowned as the birthplace of the motor car, the legendary names of the original automobile manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet still resound loudly, offering visitors a number of attractions paying homage to the motor car. The city is also famous for the Motown record label, founded by former autoworker Berry Gordy Jr, which has introduced the world to stars such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Temptations and Diana Ross, to name but a few.

Despite being the spot where the development of Michigan began back in 1701 when it was founded as a trading post, Detroit is not the capital. The attractive Victorian State Capital stands in Lansing, chosen in 1879 for its location in the centre of the Lower Peninsula which made it less vulnerable to invasion by British forces from Canada. Back then Lansing was a sawmill settlement, but today it vies with Detroit to be the superior Michigan city.

Upper & Lower Peninsula's plus Mackinac Island

In Michigan you are never more than 6 miles from a river or stream and never more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes. Most of the state is well forested, the Upper Peninsula being home to a variety of wildlife, and boasting many trout fishing lodges and winter ski resorts. The main characteristic of the southern part of the Lower Peninsula is rural farmlands and the west coast offers several popular beach resorts.

Mackinaw City, has become Michigan’s most popular vacation destination, offering many attractions and acting as a gateway to the scenic Upper Peninsula with its hiking trails, state parks and recreation areas, and sandy beaches. The city itself has a rich history, having been first settled after French explorer Jean Nicolet negotiated with the local tribes in 1634. Today it is a shopping Mecca offering many unique stores and restaurants lining its main street. Regular ferry services connect the city with historic Mackinac Island just offshore. Visitors to Mackinaw City will enjoy the Mackinaw Trolley which offers 2.5 hour tours of the city, pointing out attractions and narrating its history. Shepler’s Ferry carries passengers to and from the island in little over 15 minutes.

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