Michigan offers adventure in many different guises.
Carved by glaciers more than 12,000 years ago, the Michigan landscape is unique. With three national forests, two national parks and two national lakeshores it is home to 100 state parks offering hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and other great recreational activities, and with nearly 800 public golf courses, Michigan really is the great outdoors.
The freshwater coastline is longer than the entire Atlantic seaboard and Michigan is home to countless shipwrecks, underwater preserves and maritime related national landmarks.
Located on the northern tip in the Straits of Mackinac is one of the hundreds of islands that dot Michigan waters, Mackinac Island. This 19th century resort, where no motorized vehicles are allowed, is fixed firmly in the Victorian era – dominated by an 18th century fort and the famed Grand Hotel.
A trip to Michigan isn’t complete without a visit to Detroit, the home of Motown, Techno, and The Henry Ford. This revitalized city boasts a thriving theatre district, great restaurants and major sports teams.
Detroit has had a profound impact on the world – from being the automobile capital of the world to inventing the Motown sound – Detroit has been voted a top destination to visit by Lonely Planet in 2018.
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From the gigantic Mall of America – the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the US – to the stores on Chicago’s tree-lined Magnificent Mile, from outlet centres with terrific prices to hip shops with unique clothes, the Great Lakes states are a paradise for shoppers.
The Great Lakes region offers a great selection of trip ideas. You can preplan your routes, have a a look at our suggested itineraries, or be spontaneous and free and just jump into the car and venture out to – a winery, a sandy beach, a cosy bed and breakfast, a secluded trail – the choice is yours.
Festival time in the Great Lakes states means decision time for visitors – because there are so many to choose from.
Soaring skyscrapers and roaring motorbikes, the US’s largest shopping and entertainment centre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the home of Abraham Lincoln, America’s most-famous president, and the music of Motown – they’re just some of the great attractions the Great Lakes states have to offer.
Whether you are planning a golf trip to an isolated gem in the wilderness or just want a quality round while traveling on a business trip then the Great Lakes has them all.
Fancy a wander through some terrific scenery in Illinois? Then, head for the Starved Rock State Park in Utica, which overlooks the Illinois River and has rushing waterfalls, towering trees and awe-inspiring canyons. Two million visitors a year explore its scenic trails and enjoy the panoramic views from tall bluffs.