Michigan actually has a lot of beaches, even if it doesn't have a really long summer. Any tourist information center will be able to provide you with a map of their locations, and some are state parks of various sizes. I was actually a little surprised by the quality of these beaches, with fine white sand and sloping dunes. They don't have the amenities or services that are available in Florida or California because this part of Michigan is really quite rural, and true wilderness forest is never more than a few hundred meters away, but they are nice beaches.
Fondest memory: Rounding the corner of US 2 and entering what at first looked like a moonscape, but which turned out to be very nice beaches.
The city of Detroit was founded in 1701 by French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac as a place from which to ship furs to Canada. During its long history, the city was taken over from the French and controlled by the British, and then it eventually became American territory.
Detroit's fortunes began in 1903, when Henry Ford established the Ford Motor Company in the city. By 1905, Ford was mass producing cars and perfecting the assembly line. The success brought about by the automobile industry led to Detroit having the first paved concrete road in the nation in 1909, the country's first traffic light in 1915, and the first urban freeway in 1942.
During Detroit's boom years, blacks from the south immigrated to the city in search of good jobs and a better life. As a result, Detroit became a center for jazz and the blues. "Motown" was the nickname given to the city by black musicians who found success there.
Detroit's success was short-lived. Between the 1950s and 1980s, whites fled to the suburbs, and the city lost nearly 1,000,000 residents. The automobile industry suffered a downturn, leading to hyper-unemployment. Race riots in 1967 and recession in the 1970s almost killed the city.
Many of the buildings in the downtown area are boarded up and abandoned. Many buildings in other parts of the city have been burned and remain as burned out shells. Detroit has one of the nation's worst reputations for crime, violence, and urban decay.
In Michigan there are 83 separate governments, one for each county. Each county has state-sponsored jurisdiction over the people and businesses within its boundary. The counties are supposed to work together to spread the government out to reach the individuals in a coordinated manner. Usually there are competing local agendas that impede that cooperation.
The first set of counties were established in 1815 and but 1900, all of the present counties had been incorporated.
the list of counties is:
Alcona | Alger | Allegan | Alpena | Antrim | Arenac | Baraga | Barry | Bay | Benzie | Berrien | Branch | Calhoun | Cass | Charlevoix | Cheboygan | Chippewa | Clare | Clinton | Crawford | Delta | Dickinson | Eaton | Emmet | Genesee | Gladwin | Gogebic | Grand Traverse | Gratiot | Hillsdale | Houghton | Huron | Ingham | Ionia | Iosco | Iron | Isabella | Jackson | Kalamazoo | Kalkaska | Kent | Keweenaw | Lake | Lapeer | Leelanau | Lenawee | Livingston | Luce | Mackinac | Macomb | Manistee | Marquette | Mason | Mecosta | Menominee | Midland | Missaukee | Monroe | Montcalm | Montmorency | Muskegon | Newaygo | Oakland | Oceana | Ogemaw | Ontonagon | Osceola | Oscoda | Otsego | Ottawa | Presque Isle | Roscommon | Saginaw | Sanilac | Schoolcraft | Shiawassee | St. Clair | St. Joseph | Tuscola | Van Buren | Washtenaw | Wayne | Wexford
The weather pattern in Michigan belongs to the temperate type with four distinct seasons.
Best comfort in spring and fall, while summers can be very hot and humid and winters are bitter cold with crisp air. Snowfall can be abundant but it rarely accumulates over one foot or two (30-60 cm) in the southern portion of the Lower Peninsula.
Michigan is surrounded by four large lakes, ocean size lakes to some, and covered with thick green forest of pines, firs, and hemlocks. It is an outdoor recreational paradise. National Forests cover about a quarter of the state with State Forest covering another 25-30% of the state. Over half the state is forested. You'll find fishing, boating, skiing, snowmobiling and quieter pasttimes available throughout.
Most snowmobiliing centers in the Upper Peninsula and the far northern regions of the Lower Peninsula.
Golfing is most prevalent in the Travers City area, northwestern lower peninsula.
Boating occurs through out the state, more to the south where the season is longer, but the lower peninsula host a series of inland waterways that linke Lake Michigan to Lake Huron by rivers and canals across the northern part of the lower peninsula. It centers north of Houghton Lake.
Visit Greenfield Village in Deerborn. Built by Henry Ford, it contains Thomas Edison's old laboratory, a courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, as well as a museum of historic items. The picture is the laboratory of Thomas Alva Edison, which was moved here by Henry Ford
Fondest memory: Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village is located at 20900 Oakwood Boulevard in Dearborn.
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When my children were young they enjoyed visiting the Kellogg factory in Battle Creek. The ate the samples of sugared cereals in the car while driving around.
Called Kellogg's Cereal City USA it has been named by the Discovery Channel as the second best factory tour for kids anywhere. These days you are welcomed by Tony the Tiger.
Fondest memory: Kellogg's is located at 171 West Michigan Avenue.
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Visit Mackinac Island, home of many turn-of-the18th century industrialist millionaires from Chicago, Gary, Ind. and Detroit. The Island was also the scenic backdrop for the movie 'SOMEWHERE IN TIME'.My fondest memory is a very bittersweet one. We had just lost my wifes best friend ( and almost like another sister to me) to breast cancer about 5 weeks earlier, and she and my wife always loved watching the movie. I teased them more than once saying I was going to take them there one year, so the ferry boat ride over to Mackinac Island was a very tearful one. Somehow or another, I know Ginny was there with us in her spirit, and our moods cheered as we saw things that reminded us of her as we explored the island and especially the Grand Hotel and it's majestic setting and grounds..
Fondest memory: Having lunch at the Grand Hotel.Bean and I thought we were the cat's meow when we dined on fresh salmon and other delicious treats from the lunch buffet.Prices at the Grand Hotel are on a very Grand proportion, but so is the quality and service. Make sure you at least visit the place and have a glass of iced tea out the wicker chairs and loveseats on the 600-plus foot veranda across the front of the Grand Hotel.
My wife and I also dined quite well at the Mission Point Resort's restaurant and were impressed with all facets of the dinner( except our children's typical nice restaurant behavior) . Funny, I don't recall any Mickey D's or Boiger Queen's there.
Depending on where you are in Michigan there are many places to go and visit. If you are in the Upper Penninsula, you must go visit the Taquamenon Falls. They are absolutly gorgeous. The Upper Pennisula is also great for camping and hiking.
Fondest memory: There are so many to choose from. Even though I live near Detroit, I still love going camping up in the Upper Pennisula
Favorite thing: I live in the Upper Penninuala of Michigan and yes we do have indoor plumbing!!!! If you come here in the winter you must go downhill sking, snowboarding or cross country sking. It is also so pretty in the fall with all the leaves changing color. In the summer you most go see the waterfalls.
Pack up the camping gear and head to one of the thousands of camping facilities located throughout the state.
Fondest memory: Landing my first big (23 pound) salmon on the Pere Marquette river. There is no way to describe the excitment of battling a fish for over half an hour knowing if you make the wrong move your catch will be lost.
I would take someone to Michigan Adventure park in Grand Haven. A huge water park and amusement park.
Fondest memory: The fall when the leaves turn yellow, red, and orange. And the smell of burning leaves in the fall brings back childhood memories.
The Western Section of Michigan from Benton Harbor
up the Shore of the lake to Traverse City is absolutely beautiful and it is a wonderful alternative to the always overcrowded shores of the lake near Chicago.
Fondest memory: The Wonderful Summer breezes off the Lake near St.Joseph and Benton Harbor.
If you could only visit one place in Michigan, I would suggest you go to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Take a boat ride out into Lake Superior for a gorgeous view of the shore, then drive around to the various waterfalls and lookout points scattered throughout the park.
Fondest memory: I live a half hour from Lake Michigan, and I've always loved it and the Great Lakes in general. Whenever I'm far away, the beach is what I miss most.
Go Up North! I talked about this on my Charlevoix and Macinac Island pages but it's a must, very beautiful!
Oh, and you must get out on one of the lakes, Huron, Michigan, St. Clair and watch a sunrise and sunset...they are magical. The sky explodes with new colors every time!
This picture is of Pictured Rock in the North Central part of the UP. Visiting here any time of year is beautiful!
Fondest memory: I met my husband here! I was visiting MI with a friend and we went out on the boat with a bunch of people, where I was introduced to Ross. We hit it off, was like we knew each other forever! We talked all night and then at 2am we decided to take the SeaDoo for a spin, it's illegal because there are no lights on it and we got chased by the coast guard police! It was really funny, we were hiding in these reeds and they were flashing lights over our heads looking for us. We got away of course! Ended up building a bon-fire for the night and chatted till the sun came up (it was a magnificent sunrise). This was the end of August in 1999 and I moved to MI 5 months later...ahhh, meant to be!
Sorry about the picture being off center but it is located at Pictured Rock Northern tip of the UP.
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