Scenic Byways In Michigan
The Great Lakes State
Anyone who has visited this state won’t be surprised to learn that this state’s name comes from the Ojibwe word meaning “large water” or “large lake.” Michigan has an interesting setup, as it is the only state to be made up of two peninsulas. The larger area of Michigan is the most notable, and earns this state one of its many nicknames as “The Mitten State.” Interestingly enough, these two peninsulas are separated by a five-mile channel.
Not only is Michigan home to the longest freshwater coastline in the United States, but it also has one of the longest freshwater coastlines of any political subdivision in the entire world. As if this wasn’t enough, this state has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds, earning its second nickname, “Water Wonderland.”
Humans have been drawn to Michigan for thousands of years, starting with Native American tribes. this area was originally colonized by the French, only to be given to the British after the French and Indian War. After the United States won the Revolutionary War, this area became part of its territory but did not become a state until 1837.
Exploring Michigan By Road
Interestingly enough, while Michigan is home to many natural resources, including its gorgeous coastlines, Michigan has become well known for being at the heart of the United states automotive industry.
It is also not surprising that this state is popular as a tourist attraction, and has been for hundreds of years. After all, who wouldn’t want to drive scenic byways and see the gorgeous Great Lakes that border the state, or explore some of its countless inland waterways?
For those looking for a more urban experience, there is always Detroit, as well as other large metropolitan areas to explore and experience when visiting Michigan.
Those looking to explore museums, musical attractions, and more can find plenty to explore within the larger populated areas of the state. However, this state also calls to those who are fans of the natural world, and even a casual driver can experience some of the most beautiful views in the world.
Whether you’re looking to travel along some of the state’s incredible freshwater coastline or looking to wander through the various forests and state parks that make their home here, you will never be at a loss for gorgeous views when you visit this state.
No matter what brings you to Michigan, you’re sure to find yourself enraptured by the gorgeous views, incredible landscape, and bustling urban sprawl that make up this incredible state. After all, they don’t call this “The Great Lakes State” for nothing!