Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes region of the upper Midwestern United States. Its name derives from a gallicized variant of the original Ojibwe word (mishigami), meaning ‘large water’ or ‘large lake’.
Although Michigan developed a diverse economy, it is widely known as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, which developed as a major economic force in the early 20th century. It is home to the country’s three major automobile companies (whose headquarters are all in Metro Detroit). While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is important for tourism due to its abundance of natural resources, while the Lower Peninsula is a center of manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, services, and high-tech industry.
Michigan’s most-visited tourist destinations include a wide range of interests thanks to the state’s diverse landscape, rich history, and legendary city of Detroit. There are endless opportunities for those who are looking to enjoy nature, especially along the shores of the Great Lakes, where you can find freshwater dunes and coastal habitats far from the sea.
Capital: Lansing, MI
Population: 10,077,330 (2020)
Official Website: https://www.michigan.gov/som
Tourism website: https://www.michigan.org/
Tourist Attractions for Michigan:
For those looking for a faster pace, Detroit is an excellent place to visit. It’s a city that has worked hard to embrace its significant contributions as the Motor City while evolving into a top tourist destination and cultural center. From the bright lights of the city to the Great Lakes, you’ll find more things to see and do in the state with our list of the top tourist attractions in Michigan.
- Mackinac Island
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Lake Michigan
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Pictured Rocks National Seashore
- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
- The Henry Ford
- Isle Royale National Park
- Detroit Zoo
- University of Michigan
- Belle Isle Park
- Fort Mackinac (Colonial Michilimackinac)
- Michigan Historical Museum
- Windmill Island
- Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum