Michigan Travel Guide

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Michigan Overview

Known as the heart of the Great Lakes region, Michigan is a state filled to the brim with national parks and forests, as well as plenty of state parks, and is second only to Alaska in terms of coastline. With more historic lighthouses than any other U.S. state—even surpassing Massachusetts—Michigan is also famous for its wine, apples, cherries, blueberries, peaches, celery, and maple syrup. Home to Grand Rapids, Saginaw, and The Motor City itself, Detroit, Michigan is broken up into two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula contains the majority of the population, while the Upper Peninsula is the rural farmlands. And while these days you can drive across, up until 1957 the only way to get from one side to the other was to take the ferry across or drive all the way around the coastline of Lake Michigan.

One of the most amusing local traditions for this state is that every Michigander can point to where they are from in the state using simply their hands. The right hand, fingers up and palm towards you, represents the Lower Peninsula, while the left hand, fingers to the right and palm towards you, represents the Upper Peninsula. Often times residents will simply raise a hand and point at it when referencing where something is, which can be confusing for first-time visitors.

While traditionally Michigan has always been dominated by the automotive industry, with the GM factory and others, the recession of recent years has slowed the pace and changed directions. These days the economy is based largely on tourism and outdoor activities, with visitors coming to the state to take advantage of the miles upon miles of coastal areas, the forests, and the produce. While one can experience the Michigan of the 20th century in places like Detroit or Grand Rapids, the modern traveler will find more focus these days on the rural regions and national parks, such as Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore or the Isle Royale National Park.

Detroit #1 most popular location
Detroit is located in south east Michigan, is the states largest city, and is accessible by car, plane, train and boat. Founded by the Frenchman, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in 1701, it lies…
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Grand Rapids #2 most popular location
Welcome to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here you will find a town that was settled by dutch immigrants. Join in the local scene. Head to the Grand River and enjoy the rushing water mixed with city…
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Mackinaw City #3 most popular location
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Traverse City #4 most popular location
Traverse City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 14,532 with a 2006 esti…
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Ann Arbor #5 most popular location
Ann Arbor is the 7th largest city in Michigan with a population of about 114,000, of which 32% are college or graduate students. Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, giving the c…
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Kalamazoo #6 most popular location
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Lansing #7 most popular location
Lansing is the capital city of the U.S. state of Michigan, and the state's sixth largest city. It is located mostly in Ingham County, although small portions of the city extend into Eaton Cou…
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Romulus #8 most popular location
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Mackinac Island #9 most popular location
Mackinac Island is the truly "all natural" theme park of America. Limited to transportation of horse and buggy, bicycle or foot, surrounded by water, it has escaped the vast changes of time. …
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Auburn Hills #10 most popular location
Auburn Hills is a northern suburb of Detroit in Oakland County, Michigan. It is about 16.5 square miles of residential, commercial and industrial properties. Auburn Hills is the home of …
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Dearborn #11 most popular location
Dearborn is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located in the Detroit metropolitan area and Wayne County, and is the tenth largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 …
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Warren #12 most popular location
Warren is a city in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 138,247, making Warren the largest city in Macomb County, the third …
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Flint #13 most popular location
Once known as the auto capital of the world, Flint, Michigan is trying to rebuild its image. In the past, Flint alone employed 80,000+ factory workers. Now, in the whole U.S. combined, ther…
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Marquette #14 most popular location
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Battle Creek #15 most popular location
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Frankenmuth #16 most popular location
Frankenmuth is known as "Michigan's Little Bavaria". There are many reasons to travel and visit Frankenmuth, but the majority of the visitors are there to shop at Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderl…
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Sault Sainte Marie #17 most popular location
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Petoskey #18 most popular location
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Saint Ignace #19 most popular location
St.Ignace, Gateway to the Michigan's Upper Peninsula, was founded by Father Marquette in 1671, and was named for St. Ignatius of Loyola. St. Ignace has a rich Native American history and was …
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Novi #20 most popular location
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Troy #21 most popular location
Troy is the fourth largest city in Michigan. It is a norther suburb of Detroit in Oakland County. Home to lots of shopping and residential areas and of "Automation Alley", Oakland County's …
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Muskegon #22 most popular location
Muskegon is a city in Western Michigan that is located along the shores of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan, 40 miles West of Grand Rapids. The 2010 census shows Muskegon proper with a populat…
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Mount Pleasant #23 most popular location
Mount Pleasant is a city that serves as the county seat of Isabella County6 in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 25,946. Part of the city (with a…
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Gaylord #24 most popular location
The town of Gaylord is located in North Central Michigan, has a population of over 4000, and is the county seat of Otsego County. The town was settled in 1874 by the Jackson, Lansing & Sagina…
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Iron Mountain #25 most popular location
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Canton #26 most popular location
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East Lansing #27 most popular location
East Lansing is the college town where Michigan State University is located. As a Big Ten college campus, it is filled with students from Michigan, surrounding states, and even from abroad. …
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Bay City #28 most popular location
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Saugatuck #29 most popular location
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Houghton #30 most popular location
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Munising #31 most popular location
Munising is a small town in the U.P. that is about an hours drive east from Marquette. Despite being small there is plenty to do in the area! In town you can find boat tours of the Pictured…
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South Haven #32 most popular location
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Saint Joseph #33 most popular location
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Escanaba #34 most popular location
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Birch Run #35 most popular location
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Holland #36 most popular location
Holland Michigan takes a lot of pride in their Dutch heritage. The whole town is decorated with Tulips and is outspokenly Dutch, with an unmistakably American twist on the subject. Holland…
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Sturgis #37 most popular location
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Big Rapids #38 most popular location
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Manistique #39 most popular location
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Dundee #40 most popular location
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Grand Blanc #41 most popular location
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Menominee #42 most popular location
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Royal Oak #43 most popular location
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Oscoda #44 most popular location
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Sault Ste. Marie #45 most popular location
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Fenton #46 most popular location
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Gladstone #47 most popular location
Gladstone, the 'Year 'round Playground' of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is located about 120 miles north from the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and sits along the shore of Little Bay de Noc wh…
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Milan #48 most popular location
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Empire #49 most popular location
Empire is a community surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This small town is a destination for campers, outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike. You can enjoy a ni…
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Lincoln #50 most popular location
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