Michigan boasts 3,200 miles of shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, and the longest freshwater coastline in the entire nation. The state's natural beauty and the many water activities available make for a relaxing vacation.
Known for its Great Lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, and part of Erie—Michigan offers opportunities for fishing, sailing, and motor boating. The inland lakes are warmer and are popular for swimming, while canoeing is available on rivers along protected forests.
Showcasing more of the state's wonders in the Upper Peninsula is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Among its features are more than 73,000 acres of multicolored sandstone cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and the forest along Lake Superior’s shoreline. Isle For those who appreciate pure wilderness, Isle Royale National Park features no roads, hiking trails along lakes and forests, and foxes, wolves, beavers, otters, and elks in their natural habitat. Main attractions in the Lower Peninsula include Huron and Manistee National Forests, and Sleeping Bear Dunes.
The state's center for culture and entertainment is also its biggest city, Detroit. Here, visitors can catch the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, view exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Art, and watch live theater productions. Sports fans will enjoy seeing the Lions (football), the Red Wings (hockey), and the Tigers (baseball) play in downtown Detroit, and the Pistons (basketball) play in Auburn Hills, just a few miles northwest. As the Motor City, Detroit is also the site of the North American International Auto Show held every year in January.
you like exploring small towns, you’ll enjoy a trip to Frankenmuth, a replica German town. Another interesting stop is the Point Iroquois Light Station, a museum dedicated to the history of lighthouses, where visitors can climb to the top of the 65-foot high tower and enjoy the view of Lake Superior. For children, there is the Dinosaur Gardens Prehistoric Zoo, with awesome life-size exhibits of dinosaurs constructed with special concrete.