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Michigan, named after one of its neighboring Great Lakes, is a state consisting of two peninsulas, the Upper and Lower Peninsula, separated by the Straits of Mackinac, a five mile channel which joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. Bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world. It is an area rich in natural beauty, dotted with 97 state parks and 4 national parks in addition to six state forests plus nature reserves and refuges, providing plenty of opportunity for recreation and relaxation all year round. Scuba divers can explore underwater preserves that protect numerous Great Lake shipwrecks. Hike, bike, camp, fish, hunt, snowmobile, skate, swim and picnic. Michigan has a diverse mix of culture and peoples born of mining and forestry that opened the North Country to settlement more than 150 years ago. Historical museums tell their stories, along with forts, 1860s lighthouses with towers you can climb, and iron mines which you can tour. The heritage is rich: Native Americans who long occupied the shores, then French-Canadian voyagers who paddled freighter canoes in their quest for furs. Afterwards came English, Finnish, Swedish, Italian and Greek immigrants. These were miners, digging for iron, copper, silver and gold.
In winter, the silvery slopes of Michigan, with 40 downhill ski resorts, have been named the Midwest’s Top Ski Destination. Whether you plan to downhill or cross-country ski or snowmobile Michigan’s scenic southwest, its wide open central west, or its more rugged northwest, you will find premiere locations and a series of seasonal special events to make your stay even more memorable. Climb aboard the Santa Train on the Coopersville and Marne Railway, and enjoy a storytelling while you watch the winter landscape fly by. Enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride at downtown Saugatuck, or meet Santa, the man himself, on the magical Lowell Showboat. Traverse City is a popular destination all year round, offering a wide variety of holiday accommodation in a beautiful natural setting, and is particularly well known to golfers.
Mackinac Island is the truly ‘all natural’ theme park of America. Limited in transportation of horse and buggy, bicycle or foot, surrounded by water, it has escaped the vast changes of time. When you step off the Island Ferry Dock, you could be living in a Victorian village. Explore the historic Fort Mackinac, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the downtown, try the different varieties of homemade fudge or relax at the famous Grand Hotel. Detroit is the largest city in the state, located in southeastern Michigan. There are a wealth of intriguing points of interest to experience in Detroit including the historic Fort Wayne, the Art House, the Hastings Street Ballroom, and a series of attractions showcasing Detroit’s importance in the automotive industry, such as the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex and the MotorCities National Heritage Area.
Michigan has over 45 wineries with 13,500 acres of vineyards, nestled in the most scenic areas of the state. There are many wine-themed festivals and events throughout the state all year round, or you may prefer to organize your own private tour while sampling the internationally recognized products.
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