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Recommended Guide Books for Travelers to Michigan

Michigan is a state consisting of many areas to interest visitors. Depending upon the time frame , means of transportation and the interests of the traveling party, you can find a variety of places to escape to. Michigan has it all; cities with historical sites or landscapes that will take your breath away. An outline of Guides to Michigan are divided into areas of interest for the traveler.

Pure Michigan is the best place to start when planning a trip to Michigan. http://www.michigan.org/

Here you can find everything you may be looking for all in one place. A free hard copy 120 page, Travel Guide, can be ordered http://www.michigan.org/signup/travel-guide/ so that the most popular sites can be reviewed. You can also download the digital version for immediate access. http://www.michigan.org/signup/travel-guide/ Sign up for a weekly email Fall Color Updates from September through October. The autumn colors in Michigan are outstanding and each week a new location is at peak colors. These notifications will help plan autumn trips to view the foliage at peak color majesty. Monthly “Featured Deals” emails can be requested on this page to get the most for your money.

State of Michigan Facts: Official Website for the State of Michigan http://www.michigan.gov/
Michigan is derived from the Indian word Michigama, meaning great or large lake. Michigan is two peninsulas: The lower peninsula is shaped like a left handed mitten, Ohio and Indiana are the South border. The upper peninsula is a long triangular finger of land off Wisconsin on the West border Canada borders Michigan to the North and East.

Michigan school children remember the Great Lakes by the acronym HOMES, Huron / Ontario / Michigan / Erie / Superior. Michigan is the 10th largest state in the Union (combined land and water). Michigan is the 26th state and was admitted to the Union in 1837

These facts alert the traveler that Michigan has an interesting history and geography. The state is surrounded by and has access to fresh water of all kinds; lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. While in Michigan, you will never be more than a few miles from a source of water. During the summer months, the land is green and lush with trees and forests. Summer activities include boating, camping, fishing, biking, hiking and other outdoor sports. During the winter, especially in the North, snow covers the land and there is excellent downhill skiing and other snow activities such as snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross country skiing.


Most of Michigan’s largest cities are located in the Southeastern region. Downtown Detroit faces Windsor, Ontario across the Detroit River. Detroit has unique experiences and boasts world class sports facilities: Baseball, Football, Basketball and of course, Hockey. Art and Historical museums and theater are cultural icons. Casinos, restaurants and hotels can be found in both Detroit and across the river in Windsor. A free current copy of Visit Detroit magazine can be requested. http://www.visitdetroit.com/get-a-visitor-packet. An online version can also be viewed at this link for quick review.

The Henry Ford http://www.hfmgv.org/

On the Western side of Detroit is Dearborn, home to The Henry Ford ( Historical Museum, Factory tour and Greenfield Village) … a “must see” stop for all visitors; adults and children alike. Brochures can be ordered http://www.thehenryford.org/visit/requestbrochure.aspx for general information, educators, vacation planning and groups planning a trip. A subscription to a
free eNewsletter can be obtained at http://www.thehenryford.org/enews/signup/enewsletter_signup.asp

Ann Arbor-http://www.visitannarbor.org/

Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, is another in demand stop in Southeast Michigan, just West of Detroit. Ann Arbor has fine dining, art festivals, sports and cultural events. A cosmopolitan city with small town feel. A PDF version of the Ann Arbor Area Visitor’s Guide can be found at http://www.visitannarbor.org/request.html A printed copy can also be requested.

Traverse City-http://www.traversecity.com/

Traverse City is located on the Northwestern shores of Lake Michigan. Traverse City is known for cherries and wine and fine dining. Resorts and casinos vie for your attention. Outdoor activities include, beaches and boating, golfing and shopping. Summer is beautiful, however, winter activities include skiing, tubing and snowboarding. Snowmobilers can find numerous trails and cabins to enjoy winter pastimes. View Online or Request free area Guide to Traverse City http://www.traversecity.com/request-a-free-area-guide-52

Upper Peninsula-http://www.uptravel.com/

The Upper Peninsula or U.P. is a world in itself. The population and cities are sparse and the landscape is rough and rugged. The people who live there are known affectionately as “Yoopers”. Rimmed by Lake Superior on the Northern edge, there are rocks, waterfalls and wildlife such as eagles,moose and elk to view in their natural state. Historical sites recreate times gone by and the lakes and beaches are breathtaking.

Sault Ste Marie- http://www.saultstemarie.com/

Sault Ste Marie is a fascinating northern city with historical significance. It is the “place where Michigan began” the oldest city in Michigan and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Several different nations have flown flags over this area and Native Americans gathered here over 2,000 years ago. Sault Ste Marie Visitors Guide http://www.saultstemarie.com/visitors-guide-22/ This guide can also be viewed online at this same location. The Soo Locks are in operation and fascinating to visit and boat tours can be taken through the locks to get a close up view of the operation. http://www.soolocks.com/ The Agawa Canyon Train Tour is over 100 miles long and this one day excursion is exciting during Autumn and Winter to view and photograph the amazing natural scenery. http://www.agawacanyon.com/

Mackinac Island-http://www.mackinacisland.org/

Mackinac Island is located at the southern most border of the Upper Peninsula, where lower and upper Michigan meet. This is a favorite location and popular with all ages. Mackinac Island is like stepping back in time, motor vehicles are not allowed and horses, bicycles and feet are the mode of transportation. The movie “Somewhere in Time” with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour was filmed on location at the Grand Hotel in 1980 on Mackinac Island. The Mackinac Bridge is the third longest suspension bridge in the world, five (5) miles long. There are forts near the bridge and on the island. The views are beautiful and ferry boats travel back and forth from the Island for visitors. Visitor Guides and Maps can be downloaded at http://www.mackinacisland.org/downloads

Michigan Outdoors http://www.michigan.gov/dnr
Camping and Recreation
Forests, Land and Water
Hunting and Trapping
Wildlife and Habitat
Licenses, Applications and Permits

Forms, Publications and Maps..Downloads http://www.michigan.gov/dnr
Geographic data
Aerial Imagery

Michigan is a beautiful state with many sights to see and varied activities for the entire family to make pleasant memories. Be sure to bring your camera and your laughter and let the good times roll.