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For information on tourism in Michigan you can contact the State tourist board at:

Travel Michigan
P.O. Box 30226
Lansing MI 48909 Telephone: 1-888-78-GREAT (1-888-784-7328) toll-free USA & Canada
Telephone: 1-800-722-8191 TDD
Telephone: +1-517-373-0670 Business office
Fax: +1 517 373-0059


Website: http://www.michigan.org/

 

 

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Star for Vacation Rentals The Kingsley House Bed and Breakfast - Fennville The Kingsley House in the Saugatuck, Holland and South Haven resort area of southwest Michigan is an award winning Victorian Inn specializing in romantic getaways and unique theme packages. Its within a few miles of Fenn Valley Winery, Crane's Apple Orchards, the splendor of Allegan State Forest and sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. Enjoy eight elegant chambers, four Jacuzzi/fireplace suites, a wrap-around porch, pampered amenities, a four-story turret and the Best Breakfast in the Midwest (Inn Traveler magazine).

Star for Vacation Rentals Canterbury Chateau Bed & Breakfast - Brighton Enjoy a vacation at the Canterbury Chateau, where memories will last a lifetime. The winding staircase, luxurious rooms and quiet atmosphere will renew your spirit. Start each morning near the glowing fire of the Hearth Room while enjoying a mug of fresh brewed coffee or a pot of Earl Grey tea. The rooms' offer a restful atmosphere with goose down pillows, plush featherbeds and a variety of quilts, guaranteeing a good night's rest. Awake to a fresh homemade breakfast each morning as you greet the start of a new day.

Star for Vacation Rentals Bay Valley Hotel and Resort - Bay City Four hundred acres of exquisite natural beauty, tennis, biking, water sports and above all . . . golf. It's all been carefully planned. Lush rolling greens...meticulously groomed fairways...private lakes.

Star for Vacation Rentals Clear Lake Resort, 7 Modern Lakefront Cabins - West Branch Clear Lake is an all sports, crystal clear lake that covers over 200 acres. The lake is up to 50 feet deep, contains three islands and has a beautiful sandy shoreline. If you like to fish, the fishing is great - you can use a boat or fish off the docks and catch walleye, bass, pike, bluegill and perch.

Michigan is a U.S. state located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States of America. The name Michigan is a French alteration of the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake".

Michigan is the eighth most populous state in the United States. It has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. Michigan is one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating. The state has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. A person in the state is never more than six miles (10 km) from a natural water source or more than 85 miles (137 km) from a Great Lakes shoreline. It is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River.

Michigan is the only state to consist entirely of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is often noted to look like a mitten, owing to its shape. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as "The U.P.") is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km)-wide channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Upper Peninsula is economically important for tourism and natural resources.

Tourism

Michigan's tourists spend $17.5 billion per year in the state, supporting 193,000 tourism jobs. Michigan's tourism website ranks among the busiest in the nation. Destinations draw vacationers, hunters, and nature enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada. Michigan is fifty percent forest land, much of it quite remote. The forests, lakes and thousands of miles of beaches are top attractions. Event tourism draws large numbers to occasions like the Tulip Time Festival and the National Cherry Festival.

In 2006, the Michigan State Board of Education mandated that all public schools in the state hold their first day of school after the Labor Day holiday, in accordance with the new Post Labor Day School law. A survey found that 70% of all tourism business comes directly from Michigan residents, and the Michigan Hotel, Motel, & Resort Association claimed that the shorter summer in between school years cut into the annual tourism season in the state.

Tourism in metropolitan Detroit draws visitors to leading attractions, particularly The Henry Ford, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Zoo, and to sports in Detroit. Other museums include the Detroit Historical Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, museums in the Cranbrook Educational Community, and the Arab American National Museum. The metro area offers four major casinos, MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown, Motor City, and Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada; moreover, Detroit is the largest American city and metropolitan region to offer casino resorts.

Hunting and fishing are significant industries in the state. Charter boats are based in many Great Lakes cities to fish for salmon, trout, walleye and perch. Michigan ranks first in the nation in licensed hunters (over one million) who contribute $2 billion annually to its economy. Over three-quarters of a million hunters participate in white-tailed deer season alone. Many school districts in rural areas of Michigan cancel school on the opening day of firearm deer season, because of attendance concerns.

Michigan's Department of Natural Resources manages the largest dedicated state forest system in the nation. The forest products industry and recreational users contribute $12 billion and 200,000 associated jobs annually to the state's economy. Public hiking and hunting access has also been secured in extensive commercial forests. The state has highest number of golf courses and registered snowmobiles in the nation.

The state has numerous historical markers, which can themselves become the center of a tour. The Great Lakes Circle Tour is a designated scenic road system connecting all of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

With its position in relation to the Great Lakes and the countless ships that have foundered over the many years in which they have been used as a transport route for people and bulk cargo, Michigan is a world-class scuba diving destination. The Michigan Underwater Preserves are 11 underwater areas where wrecks are protected for the benefit of sport divers.

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