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Calling Michigan the Great Lakes State doesn't go nearly far enough. This is a state that is bounded by 4 of the 5 Great Lakes and has the most freshwater shoreline of any state in the Union. In fact, Michigan has 3250 miles of shoreline — only Alaska has more. Which leads to lighthouses, over 130 — more than any other state. There are over 11,000 lakes within the state and over one million registered boats. If you like to swim, fish, water ski, kneeboard, sail, powerboat, windsurf, jetski, canoe, kayak, or even float around in an innertube, Michigan is the place for you. However, Michigan is also called a winter water wonderland because the water fun doesn't end when winter starts. You can enjoy ice fishing, ice boating, ice skating, ice dancing, hockey and more, as well as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding and snowshoeing. Mackinaw Island is an outdoor wonderland, home of three state parks — no cars allowed. But don't think that all the fun in Michigan is outside — remember Michigan is the home of Motown, Henry Ford, automobile manufacturing, Kellog's cereals and Gerald Ford. There are museums, zoos, gardens, historical centers, festivals, sports centers and Bronners Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth. Ann Arbor is home to the beautiful main campus of the University of Michigan, whereas Michigan State University resides in East Lansing. The Upper Peninsula, or the UP as natives call it, ranks as one of the top vacation spots in the country for sheer natural beauty, outdoor recreation, casinos, and state and national parks and forests. Michigan has a little of everything — so "Say Yes to Michigan" and you'll be glad you did.

 

Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from Michigan
  • Gerald and Betty Ford
  • Tim Allen
  • George Armstrong Custer
  • Henry Ford
  • Muhammed Ali
  • Diana Ross
  • The Four Tops
  • Sonny Bono
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Bill Haley
  • Ellen Burstyn
  • Alice Cooper
  • Jeff Daniels
  • Eminem
  • Pam Dawber
  • Rosa Parks
  • Arte Johnson
  • Malcolm X
  • James Earl Jones
  • Jim Bakker
  • Lee Majors
  • Ivan Boesky
  • Dick Martin
  • Jack Kevorkian
  • Gilda Radner
  • Jason Robards
  • John Mitchell
  • Tom Selleck
  • Terry Nichols
  • Sinbad
  • Danny Thomas
  • Marlo Thomas
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Christie Brinkley
  • Joe Louis
  • Curtis Armstrong
  • Martha Reeves
  • Selma Blair
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Dave Coulier
  • Thomas Edison
  • Chad Everett
  • Jimmy Hoffa
  • Julie Harris
  • Christine Lahti
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Piper Laurie
  • Harry Morgan
  • The Temptations
  • George Peppard
  • Mary Wells
  • George C. Scott
  • Mitch Albom
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Seven Seagal
  • Jackie Wilson
  • Tom Sizemore
  • Kid Rock
  • David Spade
  • Madonna
  • Robert Wagner
  • William Boeing
  • Dick York
  • Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Jerry Bruckheimer
  • John Hughes
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Michael Moore
  • Byron Allen
  • Jonas Salk
  • Sandra Bernhard
  • Bob Eubanks
  • Derek Jeter
  • Casey Kasem
  • Magic Johnson
  • Ed McMahon
  • Iggy Pop
  • Edgar Bergen
  • Ted Nugent
  • John DeLorean
  • Robin Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Ernest Hemmingway
  • Charles Lindbergh
 

 

Local Color

What makes Michigan unique
  • Yoopers
  • Trolls
  • Soo Locks
  • Fudgies
 

 

Nicknames

Michigan's alter egos
  • Wolverine State
  • Great Lakes State
  • Mitten State
  • Automotive State
  • America's Cereal Capital
  • Water Winter Wonderland
 

 

Major Industries

Most profitable industries in Michigan
  • Auto Manufacturing
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biotechnology
  • Engineering
  • Research & Development
  • Tourism
 

 

Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into Michigan
  • Upper Peninsula
  • Lower Peninsula
  • Porcupine Mountains