Michigan

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Flanked by four Great Lakes and with 2,000 miles of shoreline (even more than California), Michigan is divided into two peninsulas—the Lower, which resembles a mitten and is the more densely populated, and the Upper, which is more rugged and rural. Ask a Michigander where he or she lives, and directions will likely be given using the palm of their hand, with the south-central part of the state known as "the Thumb."

Lakes play a part both in the state's psyche and its recreational possibilities, which are both legendary and numerous. In summer, popular choices include canoeing, fishing, swimming, sailing, scuba diving, water skiing, and camping. In winter, trails welcome snowmobilers, skiers, snowshoers, and dogsledders. The state is also blessed with dramatic topography, including waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula and towering dunes near Lake Michigan. Growing wine-country regions exist near Traverse City and Grand Rapids.

Lovely resort towns, from Traverse City to Saugatuck, overflow with lakeside inns, boutiques, and antiques shops. Yet Michigan has its share of big cities, too, including the Furniture City (Grand Rapids), the Capital City (Lansing), and the better-known Motor City (Detroit). All have vibrant arts and culture, excellent restaurants, neighborhoods with character, and tourist attractions.

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Copper Harbor

Nestled at the top of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Copper Harbor is the Upper Peninsula's northernmost village and the site of one of the Midwest...

Detroit

Founded in 1701 as "la Ville d'Etroit"—the City at the Straits—Detroit is one of the Midwest's oldest cities. Originally a strategic Native...

Grand Rapids

Familiarly known as the "Furniture City," in recognition of its 19th-century beginnings as a furniture manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is...

Saugatuck

Saugatuck is a well-known art colony at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River and along the Lake Michigan shoreline that attracts visitors from Detroit...

Traverse City

Once a major lumbering center, Traverse City is now the hub of a flourishing cherry-growing community and wine region. It is also northern Michigan...

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