Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Located southwest of downtown Detroit, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is among the busiest airports in the United States. The airport is a hub for Delta Air Lines, which offers flights to Asia, Europe, and most destinations in North America. Several European and Middle Eastern airlines also offer service to Detroit, making it a convenient international gateway to the Midwest.
Airlines serving Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport: Air Canada Express, Air France, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Comair, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, and USA 3000.
Scooters are very convenient for moving around everywhere and Michigan is no exception. The purring sound can't compare to the "real" exhaust tones I'm used to but it's fun. This one that I've been using was not highway rated - although topping 60+ mph - and this condition had the positive result to let me explore more of places that I'd otherwise hardly go through. Good thing I fabricated and installed a support bracket for the GPS to find my way around. Southeast Michigan roads are notoriously badly paved but this two-wheeler handled them decently as well as unpaved roads. Riding on smooth pavements is kind of a dream in this part of the world!Related to:
Pine River - Need a canoe/kayak!
If you decide to canoe or kayak the Pine River I recommend renting from Horina. It's located on SR 37, about 1 miles south of the intersection of SR37 and SR 55 and about a 1/4 mile south of the Peterson bridge campground.
The cost for of renting a canoe is $40. There is usually 2 people per canoe. This cost includes transportation (provided by the outfitters) needed to be taken to and from the river at the end of your trip.
This outfitter uses Old Town canoes. These are not aluminum, don't leak and have far more comfortable seats.
Tell Jim, Glen sent you!Related to:
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When a bicycle can fly
When I decided to buy a bicycle in Detroit I was unsure about taking it with me to Europe, but I eventually did. Lufthansa considers a bike as a piece of luggage and you just have to check it in as it is with no additional costs, at least on their intercontinental flights. No need for the bike to be put into a special carton or bag, not even the need to take apart the pedals or other parts.
I just wrapped it up to prevent scratches and loaded onto my rental car along with another piece of luggage and a small carry-on backpack. I was traveling alone, I had then to drive straight to the rental car return and took advantage of the shuttle bus to the Mac Namara terminal in Detroit Metro airport. If that was fun and easy, it proved otherwise tricky to catch a couple of elevators up and down to reach the check-in area. Good thing I could cram the bike in the elevators, vertically, with the complicity of other travelers who kindly held the door open. For the rest it all went well and I got my wheels back in Torino.
Bottomline is that if you ever fly with your bike out Detroit Metro airport, just avoid an adventure and have someone drop you off in front of the terminal!Related to:
On the island
On Mackinac Island, you cannot use a car. The hotels have horses and carriages, there are horse and carriage "taxis" and tours, and the most popular form of transport is a bicycle (which you can rent on the island). The horse and carriage you take to and from your hotel will not contain your luggage. Your luggage will arrive separately which can be convenient or not depending upon your perspective.
Well it's Michigan, home of the (former) Big Three so convenient travel such as trains and subways is fairly non-existent. You will need a car to get to where you need to go. Interestingly enough though one of our major tourist destinations is Mackinac Island where no cars are allowed! Do not travel in the Detroit area from 6:30- 8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. if you can possibly help it. Traffic is a nightmare and we have no carpool lanes (which really annoys me as I carpool to work). Other than these times, the roads are ok (but careful in the spring for potholes). As you travel north, you will see some beautiful scenery from the highways yet the farther north you go, the less highways you will have for travel. This is ok by me though!
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I don't have a motorcycle of my own in Michigan but a comprehensive colleague had the great idea of letting me borrow his cruiser for some time. Riding around Detroit requires extra attention for the quality of paved roads is not the best. Potholes and bulky joints jeopardize a more vulnerable vehicle such as a motorcycle, even if these are hit at lower speeds than the 70 mph interstate and freeway limit. Right after violent downpours I went through flooded sections under a couple of bridges and, although I made it, that was not the best of my personal experiences.
I was ready to leave for a 6,000 trip around the country and it would have been something memorable but it was eventually canceled.Related to:
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Michigan D O T
MDOT has a great website of useful information for tourists driving to places in Michigan.
There are tons of maps and brochures about Michigan cities and roads.
They have route planners and distance calculators. There are maps of construction areas and rest areas. They have a page of safety tips for all drivers in Michigan. There are instructions and information on toll roads, bridges and ferries. They have answers to questions about the "courtesy unit" that patrols Michigan Interstates looking for stranded motorists to aid.
The website (see below) is fairly easy to navigate but can be several layers thick before you get to the exact information you want.Related to:
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UP See the Mackinac Bridge
I thought the Mackinac Bridge was a sight unto itself. The bridge is or was the biggest one in the world in its day and it still retains a sense engineering bravado that isn't all that common. The toll is $2 each way, collected on the north end and the views alone make it worth the sum. On either side, in either direction, even in less than fully clear weather, you have an excellent view of the straits and coastlines. For views of the bridge itself, you can drop into Mackinac City (or St. Ignace presumably) and stroll along the lakeside park. If you have kinder, there is an amusement park nearby.
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The Mackinac Ferry
For a dollar per minute you can take the ferry to Mackinac Island. Ferries leave from both St. Ignace and the City of Mackinac. On holidays lines can be long, but the ferry ride is very short as the boats are fast. Still and all, I think $20 is a bit steep for a simple ferry ride even if it does cover both ways. Sadly, it is the only way to get to the island unless you own your own boat.Related to:
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Harley Davidson Road Rally
When I was a little girl in gradeschool, my parents had a summer place in Meridith, Michigan, along the road where thousands of Harley riders passed by on their way to their final rally point at Westbranch, Michigan. I remember that I was in awe of these huge motorcycles and their leather-clad riders! This rally still takes place once a year in Michigan. It takes place around the last week in July. Nowadays, the riders look strangely older?? But the clothes are still...heavy black leather with those wonderful silver studs!
Check out this lovely red number, parked in a local parking lot! Also, check out the gas price! That was 2004! This year, 2005, the price has gone up to $2.38! How far will it go???
Maybe that's why the motorcycle never goes out of fashion!Related to:
When Henry Ford made his first cars, he made them to last! You will most likely see many such old restored cars on the roads in Michigan, especially in the summer. So, keep your eyes out; it also makes for fun 'road games' with the kids, to see who can spot the most of these old cars while traveling along the road while on holiday:):)
I spotted this one in a parking lot with the unusual license plate that said:
"Looking for Good Woman! Must be able to clean, cook, sew,restore and polish automobiles. Please send pictures of car and garage!"
I bet this guy is still looking!!!Related to:
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Michigan Map at Hand
Since Michigan is bounded by the Great Lakes, why not take the costal highway for an unforgettable trip. Outdoor enthusiast, history buffs and sightseers will all discover many wonderful places along the newly designed Sunrise Side Costal Highway. This 200 mile stretch of US-23 rambles through welcoming villages in six counties form Sstandish(about 45 miles north of Saginaw) all the way to the beautiful Mackinac Bridge. At Mackinc, you can go hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing and swimming...in the summer of course. You can also tour the famous lighthouses, as well as some very ornate lumber barons' homes.Related to:
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The Mackinac Bridge
For years many people thought that a bridge could never be built across the treacherous Straits of Macinac, where the cold waters of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan converge. When the five-mile-long, structure opened to traffic on Nov. 1, 1957, it was by any standard one of the great enginering feats in the world. Between the approaches on each end, it contains the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere, 8,614-feet-long and 252-feet-high.
Today the bridge not only connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, but via Interstate 75, it is a major artery for traffic across North America, from Ontario to Florida. The bridge itself has become something of a tourist attraction and a popular subject for photographers. Best views may be had from the Fort Mackinac State Historic Park at the south foot of the bridge, in Mackinac City.
A Bridge Walk is held at Mackinac each Labor Day morning. On that day two of the lanes are closed to traffic and more than 50,000 people walk across, From St. Ignace to Mackinac City. The Governor of Michigan usually leads the walk.Related to:
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Be a Courteous Driver
The people in Michigan are serious about their cars and about driving.
Be sure to be courteous, stay right except to pass on the highway (I've heard of people trying to control other people's speed...ever hear of roadrage? It is a serious problem.) Stay aware of your surroundings and for goodness sake accelerate away from stop signs and stop lights.Related to:
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