Your gateway to the Great LakesMichigan’s dynamic landscape is home to a stunning collection of sugar sand beaches, friendly small towns, rushing waterfalls, stunning state parks and other natural attractions. This glove-shaped state touches four of the five Great Lakes and offers outdoor activities for all four seasons.
With over 5,000 kilometers of Great Lakes shoreline — more than any other American state — Michigan is a perfect place to get in the water. Grab a kayak and paddle around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior or take a swim in the crystal clear blue waters of Lake Michigan. For a taste of a simpler time, visit historic Mackinac Island, which does not allow cars and has 225 kilometers of trails, as well as stunning rocky beaches. Michigan also has 79 state and national forests perfect for hiking, including Hiawatha and Ottawa national forests. Diving and snorkeling are also popular, especially near the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, in which nearly 100 historic shipwrecks have been found.