110 Reasons Michigan is the Best State to Live In (or Visit!)

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Ask any Local – Michigan is the Best

Michigander, Michiganian, Yooper. No matter what we call ourselves, we are all very lucky to be living in this beautiful state.

We enjoy thousands of miles of sandy freshwater shoreline. We have the Northern Lights. Photo ops at every turn. Delicious food. And friendly, down-to-earth people.

Sleeping Bear Dunes Pierce Stocking Drive

You can find urban excitement, or laid back rural living.

And if you like water, well, Michigan is your freshwater mecca.

If you’ve never been, you need to get here. We love sharing our beloved, mitten-shaped home with visitors.

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Michigan is Even More Than This List

We could have listed 1,000 reasons to love our mitten state, but it was getting late and we really needed to get back to the beach, so we stopped at 110.

Did we get your favorite?

110 Reasons We Love Michigan

1 – We love learning about African American history and culture at the Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

2 – We love hunting for agates along the Lake Superior coast.

Lake Superior Agates

3 – We love flying high at the Air Zoo.

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4 – We love the Antique Wooden Boat Show in Hessel.

5 – We love our Art Museums. (DIA, Grand Rapids Art Museum, UofM Museum of Art, Flint Institute of Arts…)

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Detroit Institute of Arts

6 – We love ArtPrize and Project 1 in the fall.

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7 – We love the Battle Creek Balloon Festival.

Battle Creek Balloon Festival Puckett

8 – We love stepping into an entire town mimicking Bavaria.

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9 – We love beaches galore, found along more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline.

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Grand Haven, Lake Michigan

10 – We love putting down the smartphone and heading to Beaver Island.

11 – We love our massive island park and the incredible conservatory at Belle Isle.

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12 – We love the perfect cup of joe at Michigan’s own Biggby Coffee.

BIGGBY Hunt kid

13 – We love being home to TWO Big Ten schools.

14 – We love hundreds of miles of beautiful bike trails.

15 – We love Grand Rapids’ Blue Bridge.

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16 – We love the epic holiday selection at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.

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Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland – Frankenmuth

17 – We love camping at one of our 142 state campground sites.

18 – We love the illuminated waterfall at Cascades Park in Jackson.

19 – We love riding the carousel at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

GRPM Public Museum Carousel Shaffer

20 – We love the Castle Museum in Saginaw.

21 – We love the stunning emerald green waters at Kitch-iti-kipi.

the big spring kitchitikipi

22 – We love cheering on our Tigers at Comerica Park.

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23 – We love tasting Greek American history and debating who serves the best Coney Dog.

Coney Islands Pearson Detroit

24 – We love the beautiful historic covered bridges that dot our state (Ada, Frankenmuth, Lowell…).

25 – We love enjoying a simpler time in history at Crossroads Village.

26 – We love cruisin’ in muscle cars at the Woodward Dream Cruise and 28th Street Metro Cruise.

27 – We love the DOW Gardens in Midland, including their amazing treetops Whiting Forest.

Whiting Forest Dow Gardens Midland pod Kranzo

28 – We love that we are champions of fall foliage.

29 – We love all our farmer’s markets and roadside stands around every corner with delicious, locally grown foods.

Moelker Orchards Sneller apples girl fall

30 – We love fishing and ice fishing …just about everywhere!

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Lake Missaukee – Lake City

31 – We love rocking out to concerts at Ford Field (…and watching the Lions play, even if they lose!).

32 – We love the stunning architecture at the Fox Theatre.

33 – We love the amazing children’s play garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

Meijer Gardens with kids

34 – We love the sweet taste of Mackinac Island fudge!

35 – We love walking the deserted ghost town of Fayette.

36 – We love the gorgeous classic cars at the Gilmore Car Museum.

37 – We love Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel.
Grand Hotel flowers tulips Kamphuis Mackinac Island

38 – We love stepping back in time at Greenfield Village.

Greenfield Village Kamphuis Dearborn

39 – We love stepping next door for automotive history at Henry Ford Museum.

Henry Ford Museum Kamphuis car

40 – We love Lake Huron.

EAch County Header girl on Lake Huron sunset

41 – We love Lake Erie.

42 – We love Lake Superior.

Lake Superior Whitefish Point Hunt

43 – We love Lake Michigan.

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(Heck, we even love you, Lake Ontario, even though we don’t share shoreline!)

44 – We love our 124 historic lighthouses.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse Pearson Lake Superior

45 – We love watching artists wield their chainsaws at ice festivals.

46 – We love our favorite remote, tech-free National Park, Isle Royale.

Isle Royale Feldhake

47 – We love cheering on Tom Izzo’s mighty mighty Spartans.

48 – We love watching the Red Wings dominate at Little Caesars Arena.

49 – We love learning about shipwrecks at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena.

50 – We love seeing Lake in the Clouds ablaze in fall splendor.

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51 – We love the amazing 360 degree view from Brockway Mountain Drive in Copper Harbor.

52 – We love touring our majestic Capitol Building in Lansing.

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Michigan State Capitol – Lansing

53 – We love laughing till our sides hurt at Laughfest.

54 – Hiking or boating along the ledges in…Grand Ledge!

Grand Ledge Hunt fall

55 – We love exploring Michigan’s own Fishtown – Leland.

Fishtown Leland Kamphuis boats

56 – We love that we’ve got more lighthouses than any other state.

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Charlevoix

57 – We love that we can use our hands as a map of our state.

58 – We love the Mighty Mac (aka the Mackinac Bridge for you out-of-staters).

Mackinac Bridge Pearson

59 – We love riding bikes around Mackinac Island.


Mackinac Island Grand Hotel bikes

60 – We love homemade maple syrup.

Blandford Nature Center Maple Syrup kids

61 – We love tours of genuine maritime vessels: USS Edson in Bay City and USS Silversides in Muskegon.

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USS Silversides

62 – We love taking the ferry to our beloved Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island Ferry Pearson

63 – We love being amazed at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House.

Pearson Meyer May House FLW Frank Lloyd Wright Grand Rapids

64 – We love screaming on rollercoasters at Michigan’s Adventure.

65 – We love walking the beautifully manicured grounds on Michigan State University’s campus.

Michigan State University MSU campus Hunt

66 – We love our Monument to Joe Louis.

Detroit Fist Brooks kids Monument to Joe Louis

67 – We love sampling tasty treats at MOO-ville Creamery.

68 – We love learning about music history at Motown Museum.

Motown Museum Detroit Pearson

69 – We love the sweet fruits at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City.

70 – We love seeing cars of the future at the North American International Auto Show.

71 – We love watching the Northern Lights from the Upper Peninsula.

72 – We love the incredible hiking paths along the North Country Trail.

73 – We love picking the perfect crisp apples from nearly 1,000 amazing orchards.

Robinettes apples fall Ward kids
Robinette’s Apple Haus

74 – We love Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox looking out over Castle Rock.

Babe the Blue Ox Pearson Upper Peninsula

75 – We love Michigan’s only known petroglyphs, in Cass City.

76 – We love the breathtaking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Pictured Rocks Hunt boat Lake Superior

77 – We love finding Petoskey stones along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

78 – We love taking a ride on the “Polar Express” train.

79 – We love the Detroit views from the GMRENCEN.

80 – We love to Say Ya to da U.P., eh?

81 – We love playing on the sand dunes at Silver Lake and Sleeping Bear and the stunning views.


Sleeping Bear Dunes majestic view Kamphuis

82 – We love that we experience all four seasons, in full force!

83 – We love Tom Selleck. (And all our other Michigan celebrities!)

84 – We love hitting the slopes at over a dozen ski resorts.

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Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

85 – We love watching the freighters come in at the Soo Locks.


Soo Locks Sault Ste Marie Scripps

86 – We love our Spirit of Detroit. (especially after a Red Wings championship)!

87 – We love sunrises over Lake Huron.

Lake Huron sunrise Oscoda Maple
Photo credit: Dale Maple

88 – We love sunsets over Lake Michigan.

South Haven sunset Pearson Lake Michigan

89 – We love being roused by one of our 13 symphony orchestras.

90 – We love listening to thousands of gallons of water pound at Tahquamenon Falls.

Tahquamenon Falls 2014 2

91 – We love marveling at the sails at the Bay City Tall Ship Celebration.

92 – We love listening to 100,000 fans roar for the Wolverines at The Big House.

Big House UofM Michigan Scripps

93 – We love the themed train rides of the Coopersville-Marne Railway.
Coopersville Marne Railway boy Rudd

94 – We love iconic summertime at Torch Lake.

95 – We love the constellations on the ceilings of Traverse City State Theatre.

Traverse City State Theatre Marquee

96 – We love celebrating our Dutch heritage at Holland’s Tulip Time Festival.

Tulip Time Dutch Dance Parade
Tulip Time – Holland

97 – We love riding through the Tunnel of Trees along M-119.

98 – We love kayaking to Port Austin’s Turnip Rock.

99 – We love U-Pick till our baskets are full at farms covering the state.
Strawberry picking Upick Malski

100 – We love Vernors, the oldest (and tastiest!) ginger ale brand in America.

101 – We love water sports (and being no more than six miles from a body of water, no matter where in Michigan we are).
Riverside Park tubing water Rudd

102 – We love waterfall hunting across the Upper Peninsula.

Miners Falls Waterfall Upper Peninsula Pearson
Miners Falls – Munising

103 – We love learning about shipwrecks and searching for agates at Whitefish Point.

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Lake Superior – Whitefish Point

104 – We love checking out the only authentic, working Dutch windmill in the United States.

Holland Windmill Kamphuis

105 – We love wine tasting in the Leelanau Peninsula.

Shady Lane Cellars Traverse City Winery
Shady Lane Cellars

106 – We love the sights and sounds at the World’s Largest Musical Fountain in Grand Haven.

107 – We shopping historic Eastern Market in Detroit.

Eastern Market Detroit Pearson

108 – We love watching the water battle in the Port Huron to Mackinac Yacht Race.

109 – We love getting soaked at the biggest splash pad in Michigan – Whirlpool Compass Fountain in St. Joseph.

Silver Beach Compass Fountain St Joseph Brooks

110 – We love our 100+ state parks that cover over 300,000 acres.

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Warren Dunes State Park
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Ludington State Park

Michigan – the best place on earth. If you don’t believe us, then must not have visited!

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Lake Michigan Sunset – Warren Dunes State Park

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37 thoughts on “110 Reasons Michigan is the Best State to Live In (or Visit!)”

  1. I enjoy all 4 seasons we have in Michigan, so much to do that I haven’t done yet, like going to Ironwood, MI and seeing their amazing waterfall to seeing the Porcupine Falls! I love the Birds that show up in my yard and neighborhood!

  2. What about the swinging bridge in Croswell? Powers hamburgers in Port Huron! I went back two years ago and got one of the little burgers and they were as good as I remembered! Oh, let’s not forget all the vineyards in Western Michigan!!! I do love Michigan!

  3. I’m originally from Michigan, it is indeed a beautiful state. However the extreme winters turned out to be more than my body could take (I live with fibromyalgia) although winter in Michigan is beautiful too. I love Michigan and it is the place I’ll always consider “home”.

  4. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary – you can scuba dive, snorkel, or take the Lady Michigan Shipwreck Boat Tour – all in Alpena!

  5. Kimberly Chmiel

    I love being a born Michigander raised in Southeast Suburbs, spent summers growing up camping with family and friends all over in upper and lower Michigan in the 60’s and 70’s. The 80’s and 90’s was my own family traveling to places I have been and more to teach and show my kids the great state of Michigan. Now my husband and I retired in Northeast MI and we show visiting grandchildren, family and friend this corner of our awesome state from the only lower Michigan falls, to nature hikes, endless lakes, river and wet land, wildlife, NOAA, lighthouses, Cross in the Woods, Iron Works, and so much more. My Heart is Pure Michigan!

  6. I just hope Uncle Tom doesn’t see this. He already misses Michigan enough. You have just written an article highlighting many of his arguments. 🙂 Great job pointing out its assets…though no Michigander every wants TOO many people to show up and mess up the peace and tranquility.

  7. We love Muninsing, Baraga and all the beautiful views of our beautiful, superior Lake Superior. We also love the Northern Lights over Mullett Lake.

  8. I grew up in Michigan, and lived there for 22 years. Last fall, my husband got a job in Minnesota and I’ve been homesick ever since. I never thought I could miss a place (or a state) so much, but just reading this list literally made me cry. Since I’m not in Michigan, it seriously doesn’t feel like summer…I will definitely miss not being able to go to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan, the Cherry Festival & Moomer’s Ice Cream, going to the U.P. (especially Mackinac Island), and driving to Grand Rapids or Grand Haven to hang out with friends this summer…and I definitely miss Vernors, Red Pop, and Biggby. Minnesota just isn’t the same, it does not compare with Michigan at all. Once a Michigander, always a Michigander. #Michiganderforlife

    1. I too missed our state when I transferred to the Chicago area for 10 years back in 1991. Could not find a decent deli like the Bread Basket in Oak Park or a coney dog. They never even heard of chili fries at most restaurants back then. I would have to explain to them how we do it back in the “D”. Moved back here in 2001. Love my Mitten State. Funny, when I moved there everyone said I had a east “accent” in my voice. Also missed Big Boy burgers and Farmer’s Omelet. Stopped in Paw Paw Big Boy’s coming and going from Chicago as it was the first one on route off I94.

  9. Love watching the canoes come across the finish line at Finish Line Park in AuSable after being “up all night” racing on the Mighty AuSable River from the start in Grayling!

  10. 7.We love stepping into a entire town mimicking Bavaria.
    Former Michigander (Michiganian – depending on political correctness – LOL), shouldn’t this read “an entire town”? 🙂 Sorry to be so nit-picky.

  11. Onaway…Moran Iron works puts on a Christmas show every year, From Santa Claus, fireworks, bonfire, coffee and hot cocoa, cookies and free gifts to the children that come!
    It’s extraordinary! 🙂

  12. Couple extra – #91 – it isn’t just Harleys that ride through the Tunnel of Trees : ) and I love just about all of Ann Arbor! No mention of anything from there but, there’s lots to love, there! Other than that, great list.

  13. Sorry, America, but us Michiganders think Michigan is the best in the nation.

    Should read “…we Michiganders think…”

    1. Guilty! Since I’ve admitted my mistake and corrected it, am I eligible for parole? Or does this crime require me to serve hard time?

  14. Air Zoo, Hessel, Michigan, Biggby of West MI, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, Dow Gardens, Gilmore Car Museum, Henryford Museum, North Country Trail Association,

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