General information about the state of Michigan
Michigan is surrounded almost from all sides by the Great Lakes. Its territory consists of two large pieces of land, separated by the Makino Strait – a canal between the lakes of Huron and Michigan. Michigan is one of the largest and most populous states in America. In this state is a large three enterprises of the automotive industry, one of the centers of this industry is Detroit, the largest city of Michigan. The city of Lansing is the capital of the state.
In addition, there are several thousand other reservoirs. There are a lot of fish, and on the banks there are dense and picturesque forests. In the middle of the Great Lakes lie the islands.
The nature and the landscape of the state are stunningly beautiful and diverse. At any time of the year, Michigan can provide many options for holidays and entertainment to all comers. The best places to visit Michigan in winter are presented in this article.
Where to go? Places to visit
Shores of Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan is a very large body of water that enters the Great Lakes system. In this case, Michigan is the only lake from the Great Lakes system, which is located in the territory of 4 states simultaneously. The name of the lake is from the Indians and literally means “big water”. The total area of the lake is more than 55 thousand square kilometers, and the maximum depth is 281 meters.
A significant part of the coast of the reservoir is occupied by national parks and reserves. Like other neighboring lakes, the lake is navigable.On the lake there are successfully coexisting nature reserves and a developed infrastructure of service and transport.
If you try to describe this place in two words, then we can say that this island in the island. The whole point is that this island has a unique structure. He is on Lake Huron, but at the same time on this island there are lakes in which there are islands and so on ad infinitum. This island is unusually beautiful and is a favorite holiday destination for many people. Along the island are laid many tourist routes with convenient parking for camping.
Another amazing place in Michigan in the winter is the North marina in Grand Haven, more precisely the lighthouse on this pier. This lighthouse was built in the early 1900s to ensure the safety of navigation on the lake in bad weather. In winter, before the lake is covered with ice, the waves of Michigan reach more than 7 meters, and then, when the temperature goes lower and lower, the lighthouse turns into a giant ice sculpture.
Transport or how to get there?
In Michigan, there are several airports, but most arrivals use the Detroit international airport,whose air service allows you to reach any other airport in the state. The Grand Rapids Airport, for example, accepts daily flights from all over the country. Of the regional airports that have connections to Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Cincinnati, it is worth mentioning the airports of Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Maxgone. There is also a daily rail service to Michigan. In addition, you can get to Michigan by any of the highways passing through the state (I-75, I-94, I-196, I-69). Travel by ferry is possible only during the open season of navigation.
Beach vacation in Michigan in winter can afford not many, just because it’s very cold in the winter for a beach holiday. But that does not mean that Michigan does not have beaches. On the contrary, there is a lot. In the warm season on the shores of numerous lakes are beaches, convenient camping and even yacht clubs, where you can rent a ship.
Food and drinks
In Michigan, more than a million different catering outlets work every day. So every gourmet can find dishes to your liking. While walking around any city in the state, travelers can choose pubs, restaurants or cafes. In the state of Michigan you can find restaurants of Italian, French, Asian cuisine and so on. There are Very popular restaurants of Mexican cuisine and various pizzerias. In Michigan, you can find dishes of any cuisine from a hamburger with toasts to an exquisite Italian dessert. But the traditional Michigan dish is considered to be a cherry pie. Here it is baked according to a special recipe, adding as a filling cherry, which grows in the same state. In addition, the state is known for wine, as there are a large number of wineries on the shore of the lake.
Historical places in Michigan
Michigan is full of attractions. In each of the cities of the state you can find something unusual, suitable for every tourist. One of the most popular places is Greenfield Village. It consists of old houses and historic buildings. Here is the laboratory of the famous Thomas Edison.
Especially popular is the Piccad-Rocks nature reserve. It is located along the Upper Lake between the two cities of Grand Marais and Munising. Its advantages are sand dunes, arches and waterfalls created by nature itself.
Not far from Detroit is one of its main tourist attractions the Henry Ford Museum. More precisely, this is a complex of museums, which includes a museum of the history of technology, as well as the operating factory Ford, which produces the most popular cars. A rather cursory examination of all this takes a whole day. In the technical and historical museum you can enlighten on the history of the American state, as well as look at a bunch of different industrial machines, engines, cars, airplanes and locomotives. The most interesting part is the opportunity to look at the Ford Rouge Complex, which Ford himself created in 1917, and which still functions.
If you want, you can look at other sights of Michigan: the space center in Jackson, the windmill of Desvana, the historical museum of African culture named after Wright
Where to Stay
It’s best to stay in Michigan city center. Although Michigan hotel rates are high, you can also find affordable hotels.