Michigan

Michigan’s most famous city, Detroit, may be an urban sprawl, but outside the city, this is a state of real natural beauty and outdoor adventures. Downtown Detroit is the place to start and the skyline here will catch your eye with its fascinating architecture from the likes of the impressive Fisher Building complete with theatre, the ornate frescoes of the Guardian Building and the many shops, bars and restaurants that fill this urban city. One of Detroit’s top attractions is the world-famous Detroit Institute of Arts. Here you can browse hundreds of international exhibitions including the iconic Rodin sculpture, "The Thinker”. This huge museum covers three floors of American, African, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern and European art including the incredible Rivera Mural, which people flock from near and far to see.

But out of the city limits is where you’ll find Michigan’s real treasures. Set in the Great Lakes of America, Michigan boasts dozens of parks, mountains, lakes and even a gorgeous coastline of beaches. One of the finest is the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids which has beautiful sculptures, as well as Japanese gardens, woodlands and a carnivorous plant area. Other natural beauties include Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan, and Ludington State Park where you can rent a paddle boat or bikes and climb up the lighthouse. There’s a large beach area and even a campground.

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Next you’ve got the stunning waterfalls of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, followed by the famous Sugarloaf Mountain in Marquette. Sugarloaf Mountain sits aside Lake Superior in all its beauty and boasts trees, sandy beaches and an incredible view from the top if you fancy the hike. Over in Dearborn is Michigan’s number one attraction, the Henry Ford Museum where you can see famous automobiles like presidential limos and the bus where Rosa Parks made her historic stand.

Next door is the fascinating Greenfield Village which is just like walking back in time. There’s horse drawn carriages, pottery and glass blowing factories, the Wright Brother's store where they built the world’s first airplane and Thomas Edison’s laboratory where the electric lightbulb was invented. If after a stint in the city, you dream of getting back to basics and exploring the great outdoors, a holiday to Michigan is just what you need.

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10 facts about Michigan

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Michigan is the only state to have large parts of four out of five of America’s Great Lakes (Huron, Michigan, Erie and Superior) within its state borders.

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Detroit’s Belle Isle is the biggest city-owned island park in America. There’s a zoo there, plus a museum, hiking trails and a beach.

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Michigan boasts the most shoreline of any other state except for Alaska, and also has the longest freshwater shoreline in the whole world.

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The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is home to the biggest exhibit of African-American culture in the world.

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Michigan is the number one producer of peat and magnesium in the United States, and the second biggest producer of gypsum and iron ore.

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The Mackinac Bridge stretches 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac and is one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.

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Michigan’s nickname of the ‘Wolverine State’ comes from the wolf like creatures who used to live here. Fortunately, there aren’t any there now!

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Colon was the former hometown of Houdini and is now home to many magical companies like the Abbott Magic Company and FAB Magic.

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The Detroit Institute of Arts spans 658,000-square-feet of over 100 galleries, making it one of the largest and most important collections in the country.

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Traverse City is the cherry pie capital of the world and hosts a mammoth seven-day festival in honour of this tasty dessert every July.

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