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A Place That Feels Like Vacation

Within the Great Lake State’s expansive borders – which sweep northward to Canada – reside some of the nation’s greatest variety. See quaint 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 cobalt-blue lakes. Spend some time in quintessential college towns such as Ann Arbor and East Lansing, or explore the Upper Peninsula’s wonders, including shipwrecks, colonial forts and kilometers of snowmobile trails.

 

Detroit Rocks

Immerse yourself in one of the USA’s most historically significant cities, Detroit, teeming with authentic neighborhoods and rich with diverse cuisines, eclectic shopping and stand-out museums that do more than just showcase exceptional art. 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 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 farms and cherry orchards and beach towns beyond the dunes. Look for a Petoskey stone, fossilized coral often found on the beaches here. Go boating on any one of thousands of lakes in the summer and ice skate in winter. Hike through 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 fly boarding, 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 beachside cliffs, waterfalls and famed layered, multicolored rocks. Places such as Sleeping Bear Dunes, a paradise shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, embody the wild spirit of Michigan.

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Fun Fact

The Henry Ford’s signature cars
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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.

A slower pace in Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island’s M-185 is the only highway in the nation where motor vehicles are banned.

Living the life in Grand Rapids
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“Lonely Planet” named Grand Rapids the #1 U.S. travel destination in 2014.

Must see places

Classic cars on display at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The Henry Ford

Deep in the heart of Detroit you’ll find this expansive museum devoted to preserving the legacy of Henry Ford. Artifacts and exhibits present American innovations and tell the story of the most fascinating break-through moments in U.S. history.

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Taking in the sunset from dune buggies at Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Tucked away along the Lake Michigan coast, these massive dunes protect a family-friendly beach well suited to beach buggies and off-road vehicles. Sweet, sleepy towns, bike trails and local fare await visitors to this pristine paradise.

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Walking through Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The “Perched Dunes” here look sculpted because they were, millions of years ago by glacial sands. Explore this magical landscape that runs for 56 kilometers along Lake Michigan and offers camping, canoeing, ranger-led tours, group campfires and much more.

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Kayaking at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Over time, mineral deposits stained these immense cliffs with names like Lover’s Leap and Chapel Rock in colorful layers.

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Penguins at the Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo

There’s nothing quite like this city’s zoo including its 1.2-million-liter Penguin Conservation Center tank waddling with 80 penguins. After touring the underwater gallery, head outside for a giraffe encounter or a ride on the carousel.

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Diego Rivera mural at Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts

The 100 galleries that lie behind this museum’s Beau Arts façade offer a rich collection of works from major artists like Warhol and Degas, as well as Diego Rivera’s famous mural “Detroit Industry”.

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Paddleboarding at dusk in Grand Haven

Grand Haven State Park

The soft, cottony beach goes on for 48 hectares here and looks directly onto Lake Superior. Walk the pier or the boardwalk straight into town, where great dining, fun bars and dozens of boutiques await.

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Horse-drawn carriages passing outside The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel

Car-free Mackinac Island’s 1887 hotel is a National Historic Landmark and emblematic of Victorian-era style. Step onto the bucolic grounds for a game of croquet or pickleball. Join afternoon tea or take a slow promenade down the path by horse-drawn carriage.

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Overhead view of The Belt in Detroit

The Belt

Possibly the most interesting alley you’ll ever walk, Detroit’s public access alley is open to street artists, muralists and more, and routinely showcases contemporary visual work in exhibits. The Belt continues to evolve with new galleries and restaurants.

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Tranquil waters in Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park

It’s all quiet wilderness to explore in this collection of smaller islands in Lake Superior near the Canadian border. Kayak to the lighthouse, camp on the Greenstone Ridge Trail or dive one of several wrecks.

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The Au Sable River snakes its way through the wilderness
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Experience Michigan

Official Michigan Travel Site

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