Likes & Dislikes

Opinions

Practicals

Transport

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Michigan - Ann Arbor - self-driving shuttle bus - m.p. photo

Food

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Michigan - Battle Creek - a Fudge Shop - b.e. photo

Michigan - sleeping figure (yes, a sculpture) - s.v. photo

Fun

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Public safety

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Detroit - mounted police with very long wooden baton - m.p. photo

Background

Michigan - Great Lakes Great Times - k.m. photo

Destination in brief

Neighbors: Canada (east), Ohio, Indiana (south), water boundary with Illinois (west), and Minnesota (northwest).

Size: 250,493 km²  (96,716 sq mi)

Population (in 2020): 10 million - 74,7% White, 14% Black or African American, 5,4% Hispanic (Latino), 3,5% Asian, 0,7% Native American

Capital city:  Lansing

Geography

Michigan has no point where there is no lake within 10 km (6,2 mi).

Of the U.S. states, Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline: 4,800 kilometers (2982 miles)! After Alaska, Michigan has the longest coastline (though Alaska has a sea coast). 

Although one of Michigan’s nicknames is Wolverine State, in reality, wolverines no longer live there. 

History

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Detroit - Ford Piquette Plant - f.d. photo

Attractions

Detroit

“Detroit has been more or less razed to the ground. It was already in a pretty bad way in the late ‘70s, and it’s been all downhill from there. The downtown area is almost completely empty. During the week, even among the skyscrapers in the city center, there is hardly anyone on the street, you almost never see a traffic jam, and overall it’s a pretty depressing city. All in all, it’s a perfect example of the discredited concept whereby industry generates prosperity, and people use that prosperity to move out to the suburbs, then commute daily into the city. This concept has been on the wane for 40 years now, but it has half hollowed out this city, and as a result, downtown property prices are shockingly inexpensive.
Since this was the place the US auto industry rose to global domination from, almost everything of interest in the city relates to that industry. The Henry Ford Museum must be one of the best industrial history museums in the world, and it’s genuinely packed with relics that every automobile afficionado has seen a photo of somewhere and thought ‘I’ve got to see this!’” (2018)


Detroit - m.p. photo

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor - University of Michigan - Law Quad Main Entrance - j.k. photo

Michigan - Ann Arabor - Detroit Street - m.p. photo

Ann Arbor - Liberty Street - Michigan Theater, a movie palace - m.p. photo

Frankenmuth

Michigan - Frankenmuth - d.o. photo

Grand Haven

Traverse City

Oscoda

 Isle Royale

Mackinac Island

Michigan - Mackinac Island - Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse - m.p. photo

Michigan - Maskinac Island - Main Street - s.v. photo

 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Lake Michigan

Michigan - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - m.p. photo

Michigan - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - m.p. photo

Grand Rapids

The Henry Ford

Lansing

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