Michigan is a Midwestern state with two peninsulas nearly surrounded by water. Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline and its residents are never more than six miles from a natural water source. In addition to the five Great Lakes that it’s surrounded by, the state has 64,980 inland lakes. Therefore the most popular recreation activity is to spend time on, in, or near a lake. Water lovers will feel right at home in this state.

Boat tours can be taken all over the state to see the landscape in a fun way. Huron Lightship Museum gives visitors a firsthand look at how sailors lived and worked aboard ships. Lightships were used as lighthouses in places where it was impractical to build lighthouses. This ship, the last of its kind, was retired in 1971 when replaced by lighted buoys and now it is a historical museum. The Huron Lady II offers a great way to view the sites on the Port Huron aboard its morning, afternoon, or dinner cruises. The Tall Ship Highlander Sea is a fun way for young seafarers to learn about life on a boat. The beautiful sailboat was built in 1924 and served 47 years circumnavigating the world.

Detroit is the largest city in the state and is known as the world’s traditional automotive center. The Automotive Hall of Fame is a popular stop showcasing the heroes of the auto industry. Visitors can view classic automobiles, exhibits, and authentic artifacts. History of the pioneers and leaders of the world’s motor vehicle industry will interest car lovers. The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the top 10 art museums in the country with over 100 exhibits featuring ancient to modern art and art from all over the world. Football Fans should stop at a Detroit Lions game during football season.

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