Our Michigan Travel Guide
The state’s official motto translates, ‘If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.’ This is because Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the US. Located in the upper Midwestern United States, Michigan is the only state in the US that has been split into two land segments that touch four of the five great lakes. Below, we have written guides to help you have a great trip.
First, a little history…
At the time of Europeans’ arrival, three major tribes resided in the region. These tribes made up the group called the ‘Council of the Three Fires.’ Soon after, the French explorers began trading furs with the tribes. In the 1760s, after the French and Indian war, the British seized control of Michigan, and more European settlers arrived. Michigan became a territory in 1805. However, the state was again taken over by the British in 1812. Finally, after many wars and battles between the British and Americans, Michigan became the 26th US state in 1837.
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Major Michigan Attractions
Located in the Central Upper Peninsula, Kitch-iti-Kipi is the largest natural freshwater spring in Michigan. Native Americans named this spring ‘Kitch-iti-Kipi’ or ‘The Big Spring’ because of its huge size. The crystal clear water in the spring has earned the name ‘Mirror of Heaven’ by the Native Americans. The branches and trunks at the bottom of the spring are covered in lime because of the limestone embedded in the ground. Visitors can ride a special raft that floats around into the spring and operates on a pulley system. From the raft, you can see spring water gushing from the ground.
Grand Island is located in Lake Superior and is part of Hiawatha National Forest. The island is filled with ice caves, woods, and cottages. During summer, families rent these cottages to spend their summer vacations here. Likewise, adventurers flock to this place during the winter to find ice caves lining the shore.
If you want to peek into the times before cars and buses, the island of Mackinac will offer you just that! You will find horse-drawn carriages on the island. The Mackinac Bridge was opened in the 1950s to connect the Upper and Lower peninsulas of the US and is one of the most extended suspension spans in the world. In the Mackinac Bridge Museum, there are many interesting artifacts from the bridge’s construction.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore gets its name from its multicolored rocks. You will find red, green, orange, and blue rocks here because of the iron and manganese oxide found on them. The site is a mix of beaches, rocky shorelines, dunes, and cliffs. Apart from boating and camping, tourists can also opt for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park consists of an art museum, botanical garden, tropical conservatory, and an outdoor sculpture park. It is lovely to appreciate art alongside nature. Visiting the park, you will get to enjoy many plants and will also be able to watch Monarch butterflies transforming from caterpillars to insects.
Some other notable places and Michigan attractions:
Michigan Historical Museum
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Belle Isle Park
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