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February 28th, 2010 – by: mslellen
But now, time to visit Michigan! Here is an old travel clip, from the 50's that shows some of the natural attractions of the area. All still exist and remain popular to visitors to the state. I think it's funny to see because it is still the same, except now the two parts of the state are joined by the Mackinaw Bridge.
Michigan is most famous for all of it's lakes, with over 11,000 of them. Most famous are 4 of the 5 Great Lakes which surround our state, Lake Michigan (west side of the state), Lake Huron (my lake, where are cottage is located), Lake Superior (cold & deep), and Lake Erie (smallest of the Great Lakes) Of course, water related sports are abundant, with boating and fishing some of the most popular. And, since the Great Lakes have been a major shipping channel since the time of the fur traders there are many shipwrecks for divers to explore.
Lake Huron is also famous for beach glass which is one of my favorite past times. You would be amazed at how much of this beautifully wave polished glass washes up on shore. I know many people have looked and looked and never spotted any, but once you figure out how to catch that glint of light, you're hooked.
One of my favorite areas of the State is the Mackinaw Island, and Straights area of Northern Michigan.
I have only been to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes on the west side of the state a few times. They are huge hills going down to the shore. I remember my children having so much fun running and rolling down to the lake, but crying at having to walk the long way back up which is difficult in the sand. From the top you can see so much of the lake shore and surrounding forests.
We often camp in the Lake Margarethe area of the state. This is in the northern, lower peninsula. We love this lake because it is so shallow and sandy bottomed. Both of these features help the water warm up faster than most lakes. For being in northern Michigan the water temperature is very pleasant. The surrounding area is heavily wooded state owned land famous for hunting and hiking.
Frankenmuth is a very touristy area of the state. It's famous as being a German settlement, now also known for two famous restaurants that feature fried chicken, the Bavarian Inn and Zhenders. They are huge restaurants and used to feeding thouands of people everyday. Personally, I would rather go to a small family owned local restaurant, but if you are ever in the area it is still interesting to visit the first time. There is also the Frankenmuth Brewery and Bronners, a giant Christmas and Holiday store in the town. Be forewarned though, it is not Germany, only an Americanized version of a fairytale perspective.
In the upper peninsula are the Tahquamenon Falls. The upper falls are massive and thundering with amber tinted water caused by the tannin leached from the surrounding forests. The lower falls are long and low. It's very easy to walk or play in the water with small pools carved by the water into the rock shelves. Both of the falls, which are about 4 miles apart, have campgrounds. We have often hiked and biked between the two falls. There are hills and I would say both methods would be considered moderate. Although, the bike ride from the upper to lower falls is quite fun because it is downhill a good part of the way! The terrain and surrounding forests are quite different from each other even though they are very close.
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