Five Surprises in Michigan
Posted on March 25, 2013 by sguese
When you think of a place with more beaches than the Atlantic seaboard, you
probably don’t think of Michigan. However, the state does hold more beaches, complimented with forest across half its area. From the rough and raw elements of Detroit to Lake Michigan’s golden beaches, this state is in a good position. Two parts split by water, the larger Lower Peninsula and the smaller Upper Peninsula, you can divide your attentions in Michigan.
Unplug from the world at the Isle Royale National Park—Free of vehicles and roads, you can truly unplug from the chaos of life at the Isle Royale National Park. Across 210 square miles, the island floats on Lake Superior. It is a good place to go for peace and quiet that is if you don’t mind the packs of moose and wolves.
Admire the view at Fort Mackinac—On top of limestone cliffs, Fort Mackinac finds a home. Constructed by the British in 1780, the fort is one of the best-preserved military forts in the country. However, most don’t come here for the history. They come for the view of the Straits of Mackinac.
Experience the Diversity of Michigan’s museums—The state of Michigan holds a number of famous museums. Perhaps the most famous is the Henry Ford Museum. The museum details the Henry Ford automobile and its impact on America. Henry Ford began the Ford Motor Company back in 1903 when he opened up a wagon shop in Detroit. Today, Ford is still a big name. It is the second largest car and truck maker on the planet.
Another one of Michigan’s standout museums is the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The museum holds items from ships that met their maker in the Great Lakes. Over 300 vessels have sunk in the area, lending the space a variety of nicknames including Shipwreck Coast and the Graveyard of the Great Lakes.
Splish-Splash at the Tahquamenon Falls States Park—The Tahquamenon Falls State Park presents the falls for visitors, spreading out 200 feet across with a 50 foot drop. Those measurements make the Tahquamenon Falls some of the largest falls east of the Mississippi River.
Hang out with polar bears at the Detroit Zoo—The Detroit Zoo has many exhibits but they can’t compete with the polar bear exhibit, the largest in the world. The Arctic Ring of Life holds the popular Polar Bear Tube. Here the polar bears might be found above you as they swim overhead.
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