Michigan owes its scenic and recreational advantages to its central location on the Great Lakes and to thousands of inland lakes threaded by thousands of miles of streams. The Circle Drive around Lake Superior is an especially scenic route through the forest lands of the Upper Peninsula. The rugged landscapes common to this part of Michigan are particularly impressive in the Porcupine Mountains and at the waterfalls of the swift Tahquamenon River.
Michigan has well-developed facilities for year-round recreation. The lakeshores and riverbanks, lined with cabins, resorts, camps, and parks, attract millions of vacationers each year. There are more than 40 downhill ski areas and four times that number of organized cross-country ski trails. Many of the best alpine slopes are in the north, but there are ski slopes near Detroit and in the southwest. The northern two-thirds of the state has excellent snow for winter snowmobiling, and the coastal dunes and beaches along the Great Lakes provide summer attractions.
Michigan is a leading state in the ownership of recreational boats and in the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. Seasons exist for the hunting of various kinds of wildlife, particularly white-tailed deer and ducks. Excellent fishing is found in the Great Lakes as well as inland lakes and stocked trout streams.
Michigan is flush with diverse natural, man-made, and cultural offerings that include everything from aquariums to zoos, museums, galleries, lighthouses, waterfalls, natural rock formations, and even award-winning wineries.
Throughout the year, Michigan hosts thousands of local, regional and statewide festivals and events.
Michigan is the great outdoors. With more than 3,200 miles of shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, 5,600 miles of snowmobile trails, dozens of downhill ski resorts and four national parks—there’s no need to miss out on a moment of outdoor fun.
What would a weekend get away or family vacation be without a little shopping time? Whether you want a unique specialty store, an antiques mall, or a 100-store discount mall, you can find it in Michigan.
Discover Michigan golf and see first hand why Golf Digest selected Michigan as the twelfth best golf destination in the world. Michigan is home to more than 1,000 golf courses and many world-class golf resort facilities. Experience our breathtaking vistas, lush fairways and blue waters, which leave golfers anxious to play again and again. Michigan is America’s Summer Golf Capital.