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What to see in Michigan
Michigan regularly graces lists of the Top 10 US states for tourists, attracting something like 7.5 million visitors annually, and is well-loved by both American holidaymakers and foreign travellers. The primary appeal of the state is its wealth of lakes which make it a playground for boaters, fishermen and watersports enthusiasts of all kinds. The state is actually said to have more beaches than the entire Atlantic Coast of the US. Michigan is also blessed with swathes of pristine forests, often traversed by nature trails, and boasts some fascinating pioneer history for cultural sightseeing.
Originally settled by various Native American tribes before being colonised by the French and later the British, Michigan has a rich colonial heritage and played a role as a British territory in the American Revolutionary War. The state has taken care to preserve historical sites and travellers can explore faithfully maintained and recreated trading outposts, forts and villages which bring the past to life. These attractions are primarily grouped around Mackinaw City, which is Michigan's primary tourist hub.
Quite apart from the natural and historical wealth, the other big drawcard of Michigan for tourists is the state's domination of the US automotive industry. Detroit has long been the home of American cars, with companies like General Motors, Ford and Chrysler dominating the state's industry. There are many sightseeing attractions which pay homage to this industrial heritage and petrol heads will be delighted by visits to places like the Automotive Hall of Fame and the enormous Henry Ford Museum.
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