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Michigan Heritage Tourism, Visit this year!

Updated on April 19, 2014

Michigan, the home of Motor City, and much, much more! Have you visited lately? See what you've been missing!

This lens will highlight a few of the Heritage Tourism destinations you might want to consider when you visit the State of Michigan. For your actual planning purposes, of course, be sure to follow the many links provided here and inside those references to get much more detailed information.

The photo is a Ford Shelby GT 500 posing at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan

Get to know Michigan

I've included to specific references here that will be most useful to you.

The first is the State of Michigan on Wikipedia to get a great overview of the many, many and varied destination in Michigan you may want to consider in your planning.

The second is the Motor Cities National Heritage Area (NHA) where you will find what the local folks consider their primary historical, cultural and natural venues for you to visit as you learn their 'nationally significant' story.

Have you been there?

Have you been to the State of Michigan?

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

Do not overlook the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

This photo is of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and below that is the Mackinac Bridge at sunset - in northern Michigan.

Michigan is a large state, with long shore lines on the Great Lakes and many fascinating inland destinations to consider for your visit.

Mackinac Bridge at Sunset

Mackinac Bridge at Sunset
Mackinac Bridge at Sunset
Tahqumenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula
Tahqumenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula

More in the Upper Peninsula - the UP

The UP is relatively mountainous and heavily forested. The population is sparse and distinctive in heritage, culture and speech.

Photo image courtesy of WIkimedia Commongs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan

General Motors Headquarters in Detroit
General Motors Headquarters in Detroit

Detroit, Michigan, is at the heart of the Motor Cities NHA

We naturally think of Detroit when we think of Michigan, but, of course, do not just stop there. The NHA includes great information but you will also want to broaden your view to other major cities and some magnificent countryside throughout the state.

The photo is of General Motors Headquarters in Detroit, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan

Pere Marquette and the Indians
Pere Marquette and the Indians

Early Michigan and a long history

The photo is of a painting representing Pere Jacque Marquette meeting with local in 1668 when he arrived from France to set up missions in the region.

We believe my 2nd great-grandmother, born at Fort Detroit in 1803, was saved from an Indian massacre by the surrender of the fort by General Hull. Hull was court-martial-ed for his actions, but I, personally, thank him, regardless!

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan

Major Research Institutions in Michigan

Here are three of the many institutions of higher education in the State of Michigan and a link to the list of all of them.

Michigan Photo Gallery

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Michigan State Capital in LansingAnn Arbor skylineDowntown FlintGrand Rapids skylineMichigan map: includes major municipalitiesTaquamenon Falls in Upper PeninsulaGeneral Motors Headquarters in Detroit
Michigan State Capital in Lansing
Michigan State Capital in Lansing
Ann Arbor skyline
Ann Arbor skyline
Downtown Flint
Downtown Flint
Grand Rapids skyline
Grand Rapids skyline
Michigan map: includes major municipalities
Michigan map: includes major municipalities
Taquamenon Falls in Upper Peninsula
Taquamenon Falls in Upper Peninsula
General Motors Headquarters in Detroit
General Motors Headquarters in Detroit

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thanks for sharing. Great information! ;-)

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      In the southwestern part of the lower peninsula, the town of Allegan is really great with a walkway over the Kalamazoo River, an awesome old bridge, and shops along the water front (obviously closed in winter). Super great small town.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @kimbesa2: Thanks! Great suggestions! ;-)

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      If you are near Lansing, check out the State Library of Michigan. Also, many small town libraries have local history rooms where you can dig up ancestors who spent time in Michigan.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @John Dyhouse: Why not! ;-)

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Seems like I need to add Michgan to my list!