One of the highlights of the extreme northeast of America, Michigan is one of the most visited states by those who seek balance between beautiful natural landscapes and large metropolises, full of possibilities. Famous for its lakes, it has earned the nickname The Great Lakes State, and offers plenty of options for travelers who love adventure.
Bordering Canada, it also has several smaller and very charming cities, with outstanding characteristics of American country life. The small islands on the upper coast hold breathtaking scenery, tourist treasures for history lovers and ancient lighthouses open to visitors.
Planning your trip to Michigan? Stay with us and learn about the best tours of destinations for an unforgettable stay:
Detroit and its cultural attractions
Going down at Metro Airport - DTW? You can't miss the largest city in the state, Detroit, a bustling urban center with rich history and many touristic options. The city that borders Canada went through a golden age in the 50s and 60s, with the explosion of the music industry and cars. At the time, Detroit was considered the leading city in the United States in terms of productive strength, and economic growth was unprecedented.
With the collapse of the region's industry and high unemployment rates, many families left the city in search of greater opportunities. This created a scenario of contrasts, with abandoned buildings next to beautiful commercial buildings, well-cared for condominiums and a still very lively cultural life. Today, Detroit is rebuilding, reinventing its lifestyle and economic strength.
Do you like the history of music? The city was home to the iconic Motown Records, which launched artists such as Diana Ross, The Supremes and The Jackson Five. There you can visit the label's museum, with original items from the brightest era of soul.
Don't miss a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, too. The incredible collection on the history of motoring is interesting for all audiences, not just car aficionados. It is a true journey through the history of the United States, with artifacts from industrial and everyday life.
Incredible walks for those who like nature and snow
Michigan is a word of indigenous origin which means, precisely, big lake. As you are no doubt already aware, the state is marked by a varied and dazzling geography, full of extensive bodies of water, beautiful islands, incredible rocky beaches and beautiful views of the American east coast.
Mackinac Island is one of the most fascinating islands in the state. A target of interest for the French and English in the colonial period, it is marked by the events of the time and full of ancient forts. Visit Fort Mackinac, built in 1780, with its carefully preserved structure and touristic performances with actors in period costumes.
For lovers of extreme sports and snow, visits to the state during the winter are the right option. With lots of snow and a relief prone to skiing and snowboarding, there is no shortage of open seasons for athletes and amateurs. Some suggestions are Voodoo Mountain, Nose Dive, Gorge Glades, Kingdom Come and Sidewinder.
To ride safely around the state and get to know all these attractions, rent a specialized car with Happy Tours and travel carefree with transportation!