The Ultimate Michigan Travel Guide
Michigan: You may think that I am biased as Michigan in my hometown, but trust me when I say that Michigan is blessed by nature! Michigan is very beautiful, awe-inspiring lakeshores, quaint towns, islands, waterfalls, sand dunes, and breathtaking fall colors. Here is my Michigan travel guide, outlining the major attractions in Michigan!
To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my Michigan travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to Michigan, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major Michigan attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, Michigan Attractions.
History: Michigan was admitted to the union as the 26th state on January 26, 1837. The state’s name originates from the Ojibwe word mishigami, meaning “large water” or “large lake.” Michigan got its nickname, the Wolverine State, from wolverines that once roamed the peninsula. Michigan is divided into two distinct geographic sections, the Upper peninsula, and the Lower Peninsula, with Lake Michigan in between the two peninsulas.
Geography: Michigan consists of two separate peninsulas: The upper peninsula which is bordered on the north by Lake Superior and on the south by Lake Michigan and Lake Huron and on the west by Wisconsin; and The lower peninsula which is bordered on the west by Lake Michigan and the east by Lake Huron and Lake Erie and on the south by Indiana and Ohio. Almost half of Michigan is comprised of water and, after Alaska, Michigan is the only state in the US with so much of shoreline, with four of the Great Lakes: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie
Flight: Detroit Metropolitan Intl. Airport (DTW), Flint – Bishop International Airport (FNT), Grand Rapids – Kent County Intl. Airport – Gerald R Ford Int. (GRR), Kalamazoo – Battle Creek Intl. Airport (AZO), Muskegon County Airport (MKG), and Traverse City – Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) are the main airports in Michigan, DTW being the busiest and most economical of all.
Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring states, you could drive to Michigan, you could even take a ferry if you live in Wisconsin.
Train: Amtrak offers a rail service called Michigan Services connecting – Chicago – Grand Rapids/East Lansing – Port Huron/Detroit – Pontiac. There are several Amtrak rail services to and from Chicago, connecting all major states in the US, you could arrive at Chicago and then take the Amtrak Michigan Services to get to Michigan.