Michigan

Michigan Travel Guide

For travelers looking for things to do in Michigan, the state offers a wide array of water-activities. Sailing, fishing and motor boating are extremely popular both on the inland lakes and the Great Lakes. Nature-lovers can get their fill canoeing through the rivers that wind through Michigan’s lush, verdant forests, or hiking through one of the trails that snake through the state’s interior.

Hard-core urbanites wondering what to do in Michigan won’t be disappointed. Detroit contains numerous art galleries, restaurants, concert venues, four major casinos and numerous bars and breweries. The state is also well regarded for its craft brew scene, so beer-lovers searching for things to do in Michigan won’t have to look far. Additionally, sports-fans won’t be at a loss for what to do in Michigan – the city of Detroit hosts four major professional sporting teams: The Lions (football), the Red Wings (hockey), the Tigers (baseball) and the Pistons (basketball).

Walk the school’s central campus to admire the mid-1800s architecture.

In 1986, to make a statement about poverty and despair—and hopefully to chase off drug dealers—artist Tyree Guyton began painting whimsically colorful dots on deserted buildings and creating sculptures out of abandoned cars and castaway material on the street where he lived.

Dinner and a movie go hand-in-hand at Birmingham's Palladium 12 Theatre. With the cost of admission, you get a movie ticket and access to a dinner buffet prepared by in-house chef Ian Forest.

The sort of store bibliophiles dream about is housed in an old glove factory in the shadow of historic Corktown. Row after row of books—more than a million in total—fill four hardwood-floor levels permeated with that wonderful, slightly musty smell of old paper.

The local hangout is the spot for drinks, karaoke, and live music.

It’s a time-honored tradition to explore the island by bike. Rent one here.

This scenic byway leads to a summit of 735 feet with endless views of the jagged cliffs above Lake Superior.

Choose from 52 varieties, including white chocolate almond.

After a $158 million renovation, Detroit’s well-respected institute reopened with updated infrastructure and galleries in late 2007.

Far cooler than the typical souvenir shop, Pure Detroit incorporates local products and the city’s automotive heritage into hip gifts and collectibles. Handbags and belts made from actual seat belts are hot items, followed closely by Pewabic tiles and stylish clothing.

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