With completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, water transportation to the Midwest brought an influx of new settlers to the area and Michigan joined the Union as a state a decade later.
Today, with borders on four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan is comprised of Upper and Lower peninsulas, linked by one of the world's largest suspension bridges, Mackinac Bridge.
A landmark in its own right, the Mackinac Bridge also serves as prime entryway to the state's biggest tourist attractions in Mackinaw City with summer fun-in-the-sun at sandy beaches, tours of historic lighthouses, and day trips by ferry to quaint and picturesque Mackinac Island.
Top summer attractions in Michigan include incredibly scenic Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan,
day trips to picturesque Mackinac Island, and tours of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
An historic center of car manufacturing, Michigan also provides visitors a look at the car making process with regularly scheduled tours of manufacturing plants, as well as a closer look at where it all started at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
2023 Michigan special events and festivals
July 4th weekend.the US Air Force Thunderbirds are part of the festivities at the National Cherry
Festival in Traverse City.
Just up ahead, check out our 2023 Michigan travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout the state with dates, locations and official links for more information.
• Singing sand can be found on the beaches of Grand Haven. The sand particles make a whistling sound as you walk upon them.
• When in Michigan, do as the Michiganers do: Drink Vernors ginger ale, America's first soda pop.
More about Michigan tourist attractions around the Web:
Michigan.org - Major attractions throughout the site with focus on recreational
fun - including biking trails, best fishing locations, beaches, campgrounds & water parks, with related photos, maps.
Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council - A complete cybertour of the region including
information on major attractions in St. Joe, Grand Junction, LaGrange and more
with guides to beaches & boating, fairs & festivals, golf courses, wineries,
restaurants, hotels, bed & breakfasts,