Lake Michigan, Michigan Tourism

Places to see in Michigan

Tourists from all over the world find Michigan a great destination for every type of vacation. The shoreline of state is made up of Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Saint Clair. The name Michigan is derived from the Ojibwa term ‘Mishigami’ meaning ‘large lake’. Michigan has plenty of tourist attractions and places to see other than lakes. Michigan consists of two peninsulas separated by Straits of Mackinac - The Lower Peninsula known as "the mitten" and The Upper Peninsula referred to as "The U.P."

Michigan's tourist destinations draw native as well as foreign vacationers, hunters, and nature enthusiasts. Half of the state’s land is covered by forest. The natural bounty forests, lakes and miles long beaches and lighthouses are top attractions here. The rush of visitors increases on events like the Tulip Time Festival and the National Cherry Festival.

The main tourist attractions of Michigan are-

Mackinac Island

The island is full of Victorian charm. The peaceful environment of the Island offers relaxing vacations. Any vehicle is not allowed on this Island; the only modes of transportation allowed are horse drawn carriage and bicycle. Mackinac Island has many tourist attractions. The famous “Lilac Festival” is held on the Island.

The Henry Ford museum

The Henry Ford Museum of Dearborn is a loved tourist attraction of Michigan. It is an ideal place that any automobile freak ever wants to visit. The history of Ford Motors and various exhibits related to American history are showcased here.


Frankenmuth is known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria.” The place hosts annual beer festivals and also has famous Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland which is the largest Christmas store of the world.

Grand Rapids

The Frederick Meijer botanical garden has many exotic varieties of plants from all over the world. The nightlife of downtown Grand Rapids is vibrant. The glamour of beautiful Grand Rapids is spiced up by multitude of restaurants and nightclubs.

Renaissance Center

The tallest building of Detroit, Renaissance Center is a popular tourist attraction of Michigan. It was built in 1976 and served as the world headquarters of General Motors. The interiors of entire building are very beautiful and made visitor friendly.

Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoological Park is an attraction to both Kids and adults. You will get the opportunity to see more than 5000 animals in their natural environment. This is one of the oldest zoos in the nation. Tractor train available here would take you on a joyride to every part of the zoo.

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is a major tourist spot. People explore various leisure activities right from fishing to boating to swimming to adventure water sports or watching the beautiful sunset.


Greektown is popular center of night time activities; may it be dining, clubbing or shopping. The restaurants, clubs, shops and casino represents the best of Greek culture. These provide unadulterated entertainment.

Other tourist attractions that draws visitors to Michigan includes leading Detroit Institute of Arts, 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 and the major casinos, MGM Grand Detroit, Motor City, and Caesars Windsor.