Michigander, Michiganian, Yooper. No matter what we call ourselves, we are all very lucky to be living in this beautiful state. Thousands of miles of freshwater shoreline. The Northern Lights. Delicious food. And friendly, down to earth people.

And if you’ve never been, you need to come. We love sharing our beloved home with visitors.

100 Reasons We Love Michigan

  1. We love hunting for agates along the Lake Superior coast.
  2. We love flying high at the Air Zoo.
  3. We love the Antique Wooden Boat Show in Hessel.
  4. We love our Art Museums. (DIA, Grand Rapids Art Museum, UofM Museum of Art, Flint Institute of Arts…)
  5. We love ArtPrize every fall.
  6. We love the Battle Creek Balloon Festival.
  7. We love stepping into an entire town mimicking Bavaria.
  8. We love beaches galore, found along more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline.
  9. We love putting down the smartsphone and heading to Beaver Island.
  10. We love our massive island park, Belle Isle.
  11. We love the perfect cup joe at Biggby Coffee.
  12. We love being home to TWO Big Ten schools.
  13. We love hundreds of miles of beautiful bike trails.
  14. We love Grand Rapid’s Blue Bridge.
  15. We love the epic selection at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.
  16. We love camping at one of our 138 state campground sites.
  17. We love that merchants will accept our Canadian coins.
  18. We love riding the carousel at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
  19. We love the Castle Museum in Saginaw.
  20. We love being the birthplace of breakfast cereal, thanks to WK Kellogg.
  21. We love cheering on our Tigers at Comerica Park.
  22. We love tasting Greek American history at Lafayette Coney Island.
  23. We love the beautiful historic covered bridges that dot our state (Ada, Frankenmuth, Lowell…).
  24. We love enjoying a simpler time in history at Crossroads Village.
  25. We love cruisin’ in muscle cars at the Woodward Dream Cruise and 28th St Metro Cruise.
  26. We love the DOW Gardens in Midland.
  27. We love that we are champions of fall foliage.
  28. We love all our farmer’s markets and roadside stands around every corner with delicious, locally grown foods.
  29. We love fishing and ice fishing …just about everywhere!
  30. We love rocking out to concerts at Ford Field (…and watching the Lions play, even if they lose!).
  31. We love the stunning architecture at the Fox Theatre.
  32. We love the amazing children’s play garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
  33. We love the sweet taste of Mackinac Island fudge!
  34. We love walking the deserted ghost town of Fayette.
  35. We love the gorgeous classic cars at the Gilmore Car Museum.
  36. We love stepping back in time at Greenfield Village.
  37. We love stepping next door for automotive history at Henry Ford Museum.
  38. We love Lake Huron.
  39. We love Lake Erie.
  40. We love Lake Superior.
  41. We love Lake Michigan. (Heck, we even love you, Lake Ontario, even though we don’t share shoreline!)
  42. We love watching artists wield their chainsaws at ice festivals.
  43. We love our favorite remote, tech-free National Park, Isle Royale.
  44. We love cheering on Tom Izzo’s mighty mighty Spartans.
  45. We love watching the Red Wings dominate at Joe Louis Arena. (Act fast–they’re tearing it down in 2017.)
  46. We love breezy days at the Great Lakes Kite Festival.
  47. We love seeing Lake in the Clouds ablaze in fall splendor.
  48. We love the whole state blanketed in fall splendor!
  49. We love touring our majestic Capitol Building in Lansing.
  50. We love laughing till our sides hurt at Laughfest.
  51. Hiking or boating along the ledges in…Grand Ledge!
  52. We love that we’ve got more Lighthouses than any other state.
  53. We love that we can use our hands as a map of our state.
  54. We love the Mighty Mac (aka the Mackinac Bridge for you out-of-staters).
  55. We love riding bikes around Mackinac Island.
  56. We love homemade maple syrup.
  57. We love tours of genuine maritime vessels: USS Edson in Bay City and USS Silversides in Muskegon.
  58. We love being amazed at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House.
  59. We love screaming on rollercoasters at Michigan’s Adventure.
  60. We love walking the beautifully manicured grounds on Michigan State University’s campus.
  61. We love our Monument to Joe Louis.
  62. We love learning about music history at Motown Museum.
  63. We love the sweet fruits at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City.
  64. We love seeing cars of the future at the North American International Auto Show.
  65. We love watching the Northern Lights from the Upper Peninsula.
  66. We love the incredible hiking paths along the North Country Trail.
  67. We love picking the perfect crisp apples from nearly 1,000 amazing orchards.
  68. We love Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox looking out over Castle Rock.
  69. We love Michigan’s only known petroglyphs, in Cass City.
  70. We love the breathtaking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
  71. We love finding Petoskey stones along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
  72. We love taking a ride on the “Polar Express” train.
  73. We love the Detroit views from the Renaissance Center.
  74. We love to Say Ya to da U.P., eh?
  75. We love playing on the sand dunes at Silver Lake and Sleeping Bear.
  76. We love that we experience all four seasons, in full force!
  77. We love Tom Selleck. (And all our other Michigan celebrities!)
  78. We love hitting the slopes at over a dozen ski resorts.
  79. We love watching the freighters come in at the Soo Locks.
  80. We love our Spirit of Detroit sculpture (especially after a Red Wings championship)!
  81. We love sunrises over Lake Huron.
  82. We love sunsets over Lake Michigan.
  83. We love being roused by one of our 13 symphony orchestras.
  84. We love listening to thousands of gallons of water pound at Tahquamenon Falls.
  85. We love marveling at the sails at the Bay City Tall Ships Celebration.
  86. We love listening to 100,000 fans roar for the Wolverines at The Big House.
  87. We love the themed train rides of the Coopersville-Marne Railway.
  88. We love iconic summertime at Torch Lake.
  89. We love the constellations on the ceilings of Traverse City State Theatre.
  90. We love celebrating our Dutch heritage at Holland’s Tulip Time Festival.
  91. We love riding our Harley through the Tunnel of Trees along M-119.
  92. We love kayaking to Port Austin’s Turnip Rock.
  93. We love U-Pick till our baskets are full at farms covering the state.
  94. We love Vernors, the oldest (and tastiest!) ginger ale brand in America.
  95. We love water sports (and being no more than 6 miles from a body of water, no matter where in Michigan we are).
  96. We love waterfall hunting in Marquette.
  97. We love checking out the only authentic, working Dutch windmill in the United States. 
  98. We love wine tasting in the Lelenau Peninsula.
  99. We love the sights and sounds at the World’s Largest Musical Fountain in Grand Haven.
  100. We love watching the water battle in the Port Huron to Mackinac Yacht Race.

Tell us, what do you love about Michigan?