Bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan’s shoreline compliments the numerous lakes and streams located in the forested interior. The state was first settled by Native Americans and then by French explorers. Michigan has world-class museums, performing art venues, unique shops and one-of-a-kind dining experiences. During the summer, Michigan is a popular destination for hunting, golfing and water sports, such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking and boating. The Wolverine State has numerous excellent sites where scuba divers can investigate offshore wrecks. In winter, there are many opportunities for skiing and snowmobiling.
The state is unique in that it is comprised of two parts connected by the iconic Mackinac Bridge. Home to a unique local dialect and cuisine, the lush Upper Peninsula has state and national parks. It is here that visitors can explore Mackinac Island, the Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls and the Isle Royale. The famous lock of Sault Ste. Marie, which is the oldest city in the state, sits at the point where Lake Superior joins the other Great Lakes. Cultural landmarks include St. Mary’s Cathedral and a maritime museum.
The lower portion of the state has the major cities of Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids. Ann Arbor, Lansing and Kalamazoo are home to major universities as well as festivals and celebrations. These college towns have an air of sophistication and culture. Detroit hosts professional sports teams, the zoo, world-class museums and a thriving performing arts scene. Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Muskegon and Saginaw are home to historic buildings and landmarks. Popular attractions include the Gerald Ford Presidential Library, the Kellogg House, historic homes of lumber barons and a Japanese Tea House. Visitors will also find Sleeping Bear Dunes and miles of coastline as well as inland lakes and streams as they explore apple orchards and berry fields.