Michigan

Boasting the longest freshwater coastline of any state, Michigan is a water wanderer’s paradise. From the stunning beaches and sand dunes along Lakes Michigan and Superior to the island-dotted Great Lakes bay region, the Wolverine State offers endless aquatic adventures. Inland you’ll find the dynamic college town of Ann Arbor, fun-loving Grand Rapids, historic Mackinac Island, and the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula’s forests and waterfalls. Sample cherries, craft beer, and pasties as you explore the mitten-shaped Michigan!

Geographic Center of the Lower Peninsula in St. Louis, Michigan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Smgross)

You Can Visit the Geographic Center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula in this Small Town

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Located in central Michigan, the small town of St. Louis marks the geographic center point of the state's lower peninsula, as recognized by a stone plaque in Clapp Park placed by proud local residents in 2009. Stop by this unique landmark for a photo op if you are passing through the self-proclaimed "Middle of the Mitten."
Mackinac Bridge Walk, Mackinaw City, Michigan (Photo Credit: Flickr - Michigan Fitness Foundation)

You Can Walk the Mighty Mackinac Bridge This Labor Day Weekend

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The Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk brings thousands together on Labor Day to traverse the iconic Mighty Mac suspension bridge on foot in a beloved statewide tradition; join fellow Michiganders on this free 5-mile journey for unforgettable views and community spirit at one of America's most spectacular bridges.
Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit, Michigan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Michael Barera)

Walk the Streets of Old Detroit at this Interactive Museum

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Imagine what it was like in the bustling city of Detroit back during the roaring days of auto manufacturing. This Michigan metropolis has been known for its vital role in inspiring an industrial legacy that has changed transportation for not only America but also the world. The Detroit Historical Museum dives into this background and uncovers centuries of other relevant local history. Learn all about the famous people and landmarks who helped to make Detroit into, at one time, one of the wealthiest cities in the world!
Orchard Beach State Park, Michigan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Joshuay04)

Enjoy Lake Michigan from Orchard Beach State Park

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Nestled along the scenic shoreline of Lake Michigan, just a short drive from the charming town of Manistee, lies the breathtaking beauty of Orchard Beach State Park. This over 200 acre state park has been captivating visitors since its establishment as a local railroad company park in 1892. Taken over by the state of Michigan in 1921, Orchard Beach has grown into one of the most beloved state parks for its pristine beach, hiking trails, camping facilities and gorgeous sunsets over Lake Michigan.
Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan (Photo Credit: Flickr - Rachel Kramer)

Visit a Lake in the Clouds at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

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Named by the native Ojibwa people, the Porcupine Mountains are home to the famous Lake of the Clouds. This nearly 60,000 acre state park is known for having the largest old-growth hardwood forest west of the Adirondack Mountains. Today, the park boasts some amazing hiking trails, camping and even snowmobiling in the winter.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan (Photo Credit: Flickr - Chuck Anderson)

Explore the World’s Largest Museum of African American Culture in Detroit

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Learn about the great role of African Americans in the Detroit music scene and discover the history of the triumphs in black freedom through the Civil Rights Movement. This museum also boasts several changing exhibits that provide even more exciting displays.
Miner's Castle, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Charles Dawley)

The Amazing Shoreline of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Towering dramatically along the shore of Lake Superior lies one of Michigan's most awe-inspiring natural wonders - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This breathtaking landscape of multicolored sandstone cliffs, hidden beaches, cascading waterfalls, and ancient caves has captivated visitors for centuries with its raw beauty.
Skull Cave, Mackinac Island, Michigan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Notorious4life)

Skull Cave, a Native American Burial Site and Hideout on Mackinac Island

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This mysterious cave is located within Mackinac Island State Park and exists as a reminder of the areas history. Not only is the landmark of an ancient lake, it also housed the remains of Native Americans from centuries ago.
Munising Falls, Munising, Michigan (Photo Credit: Flickr - Dave Hogg)

Visit Munising Falls

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Nestled within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the tranquil drop that is Munising Falls. Tumbling over 50 feet over sandstone cliffs, this waterfall is one of the most popular in the Munising area.
Bradley House, Midland, Michigan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - O. David Redwine)

Tour the Historic Bradley House

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One of Midland’s most historic Victorian homes is a beautifully restored museum known as the Bradley House. Standing near the banks of the Tittabawassee River, the home boasts over a century of history and stories of the growth of the city. Tours explore the inside of the home as well as life in the area at the time of its construction. 

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