Michigan is an historically strong agricultural state which became a 20th century industrial powerhouse. Led by Ford Motor Company (founded 1903) and the General Motors Corporation (founded 1908), Detroit is synonymous with the American automotive industry.
Vast water resources have made Michigan a popular midwestern tourism destination. The state boasts over 11,000 inland lakes, and touches four of the five Great Lakes. Its shorelines are dotted by harbors and beach communities that welcome millions of warm weather holiday makers annually and increasingly offer winter activities, too.
Over 100 state and national parks provide extensive outdoor recreation possibilities. Sleeping Bear Dunes has been called “the most beautiful place in America.” Pictured Rock National Lakeshore offers wooded hiking trails and dramatic scenery. Though difficult to reach, the solitude and unique ecosystem of Isle Royale National Park make the trip worthwhile.
Museum highlights include the Motown Museum, set in the original headquarters of the iconic music label, and the Mineral Museum of Michigan, displaying an exceptional collection from the Upper Peninsula mining region. Art lovers will enjoy the Detroit Institute of Art, the Flint Institute of Arts, and the Broad Art Museum. History buffs will want to visit the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids.
There are over 100 lighthouses in Michigan. The Fort Gratiot Light, built in 1829, is the oldest lighthouse in the state. The Big Sable Point lighthouse and “Big Red” at Holland Harbor are two of our favorites.