Average flight time from UK: 8 hours 35 mins   Capital:  Lansing


Michigan, often referred to as the heart of the Great Lakes region, is a destination where water shapes the landscape and lifestyle. Its landmass, uniquely touching four of the five Great Lakes - Superior, Huron, Erie, and Michigan - is a testament to its deep connection with nature. The east shore of Lake Michigan offers one of America’s great road trips, where travelers can explore charming resort towns like Grand Haven and Traverse City, the lush Manistee National Forest, and the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.


The Upper Peninsula, nestled between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, epitomizes rural America with its sparse population, making it an ideal spot for camping and hiking enthusiasts. For those seeking tranquility, Mackinac Island, a car-free oasis located in the Straits of Mackinac where Lakes Michigan and Huron converge, offers a serene escape.


Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, is a tapestry of history and modernity. Known for its rich automotive heritage showcased at The Henry Ford and its vibrant Motown music legacy at Hitsville USA, Detroit also boasts a plethora of Art Deco architecture and a bustling arts scene, evident in the Detroit Institute of Arts. The city is not just about history; it's a hub of diverse experiences, from professional sports to culinary adventures, like exploring the city's oldest ethnic neighborhood, Corktown, or admiring Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals.


Outdoor enthusiasts will find Michigan to be a year-round paradise, with over 40 ski resorts, including Indianhead Mountain in Wakefield, and a variety of activities ranging from boating, hiking, and ice skating to fly-fishing and snowmobiling. The state's natural beauty shines in places like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with their dramatic cliffs and multicolored forests. Michigan's Great Lakes shoreline, over 3,200 miles long, provides a backdrop for countless adventures and relaxation.


For golfers, Michigan is a dream destination, boasting over 800 public golf courses, many of which rank among the best in the USA. From the renowned Bay Harbor to affordable courses around the Great Lakes, there's a course for every skill level. In addition to its natural wonders, Michigan offers a vibrant cultural scene. Grand Rapids, known for its farm-to-fork dining and craft beers, was voted Beer City USA in 2012. Here, beer enthusiasts can explore over 20 local craft breweries on the city's Beer Tour.


Michigan's allure extends beyond its lakes and cities. Its small towns exude Midwestern charm, with Dutch-styled villages and idyllic islands moving at a horse-and-carriage pace. The state's college towns, like Ann Arbor and East Lansing, offer a lively blend of academic and cultural experiences. 

Whether it's the vibrant colors of the forests in fall, the pristine beaches in summer, or the snow-capped landscapes in winter, Michigan's diverse scenery and rich history make it a destination that captivates and welcomes all.

     Michigan: A Tapestry of Lakes, Legends, and Lively Adventures 

 Explore Michigan's Hidden Treasures: Unique Must-See Places and Gems

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: 

Located along the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan in Leelanau and Benzie counties near Empire, Michigan. It’s a United States National Lakeshore that offers stunning views and a great place for outdoor activities.

Gilmore Car Museum: 

Located in Hickory Corners, this museum houses one of Michigan’s largest collections of classic and vintage automobiles. A must-visit for car enthusiasts.

The Hidden Gem: 

A gift shop in the heart of downtown New Buffalo. You can find unique finds, artists creations, cards, and jewelry for every taste.

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Detroit: 

Established and in business since 1934, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, located in Detroit, is reportedly the world’s oldest operating jazz club. Almost every artist of national importance is known to have played at Baker’s including but not limited to Art Tatum Jr., Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis and Gerry Mulligan.


Grande Ballroom, Detroit: 

Established as a jazz dancehall in the 1920s, Grande Ballroom was designed in the Art Deco style with a floor on springs that gave an illusion as if you were floating while dancing in the ballroom. A jazz dancehall – turned – dance club – turned – skating rink – turned – rock and counter culture center in the 1960s, the Grande Ballroom has seen some legendary rock bands perform under its roof – think Pink Floyd, the Who, and the Velvet Underground!



Known as “The Big Spring”, it’s one of Michigan’s most alluring natural attractions. Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest freshwater spring spanning 200 feet across and 40 feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone, the flow continuing throughout the year at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit.


Please note that the opening hours might vary due to the current situation, so it’s always a good idea to check before visiting. Enjoy your trip!

     Current Weather in Michigan

   Time difference to the UK - 5 hours

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