The state of Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world and is bounded by four of the five Great Lakes. You're never more than six miles from a natural water source or more than eighty miles from the Great Lakes coastline.
Michigan is the only state to consist entirely of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is sometimes dubbed "the mitten," owing to its shape. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as The U.P.) is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Upper and Lower Peninsulas are connected by the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge. The bridge opened in 1957 and is the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.
The birth of the automotive industry, with Henry Ford's first plant in Highland Park, marked the beginning of a new era for the state which continues today in Detroit and Grand Rapids. Detroit, of course, is also where Motown was born years ago and is still inspiring the city today.
Whether you are an urban adventurer or an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie or a thrill-seeker, traveling with your family or making memories with friends - all are welcome in Michigan!