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Michigan

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Introduction

Holland State Park ©Shirl

The northern state of Michigan consists of two peninsulas that extend into the Great Lakes, actually touching four out of five of the magnificent bodies of water that contain 80 percent of the United States' fresh water. Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsulas are divided by Lake Michigan and linked by one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, stretching across the Straits of Mackinac. The glorious freshwater shoreline, extending for 3,000 miles (4,828km), is also made up of Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Erie. In Michigan you're never more than six miles (10km) from a river or stream, and never more than 85 miles (137km) from one of the Great Lakes, making the state an obvious favourite with boaters. Most of Michigan is well forested, with the Upper Peninsula home to a variety of wildlife, and boasting trout fishing lodges and winter ski resorts. The southern part of the Lower Peninsula is mainly characterised by rural farmlands and industry, but the west coast offers several popular beach resorts.


With all this water and forest, hunting, fishing and sailing are major drawcards for sportsmen in Michigan, but the other main attraction in the state is its large industrial city, Detroit, birthplace of the motor car: the city that put the world on wheels. The legendary names of the original automobile manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet still resound loudly in Detroit, which offers numerous institutions and attractions paying homage to the car. It is a gritty, fascinating city, hit hard by economic woes in the past decade but with a resilient character that keeps its population famously proud despite recent hardship.


Although it is the spot where the development of Michigan truly began back in 1701, when it was founded as a trading post, Detroit is not the capital. The attractive Victorian State Capitol stands in Lansing, chosen in 1879 for its location in the centre of the Lower Peninsula, which made it less vulnerable to invasion by British forces from Canada. Back then Lansing was a simple sawmill settlement, but today it is home to about 120,000 residents and vies with Detroit as a major motor manufacturing centre.


Climate Info

The Great Lakes influence the climate in Michigan by generally warming the winters and cooling the summers, creating more moderate temperatures in relation to nearby regions, but that doesn't mean that the winters are mild. The lakes also create more humidity and moisture throughout the year. Snowfall is heavy in winter and Lake Erie is often iced over. The north of the state generally experiences cooler weather than the south, but the climate in Michigan is unpredictable and changes rapidly, particularly during the spring and autumn months. In mid-summer (July) temperatures in Michigan can rise as high as 86°F (30°C), while in mid-winter (January) temperatures average below freezing point.


MBS International Airport (MBS)

LocationThe airport is situated in Freeland, Michigan, serving the nearby cities of Midland, Bay City and Saginaw.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Taxis, shuttles and rental cars are available at the airport.

Car Rental

Car hire companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Airpor Taxis

Taxi companies operating at the airport include Midland Taxi and Chippewa Cab and Limo.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include an ATM, cable television, hotel courtesy telephones, baby changing stations, pay phones, a lost and found, a snack bar and vending machines.

Car Parking

Short-term parking is free for 15 minutes and $1 per half hour thereafter, up to a daily maximum of $11. Long-term parking costs $2 per hour, $7 per day, and $42 per week.

Websitewww.mbsairport.org


Bishop International Airport (FNT)

LocationThe airport is situated about five miles (8km) from downtown Flint.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Public bus 11 travels between the airport and downtown Flint every 30 minutes. Adult bus fare is $1.75. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Car Rental

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Alamo, Dollar and Thrifty are represented at the airport.

Airpor Taxis

At least three taxi companies service the airport. Generally taxis can be found waiting outside the terminal, but they can be ordered by phone if necessary.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include a business centre, an ATM, a bar and lounge, two restaurants, shoe shine services, and a few shops.

Car Parking

Short-term parking costs $2 per half hour, up to a daily maximum of $22. Long-term parking costs $2 per hour, up to a daily maximum of $8. In the Economy Lots the daily rate is $6, and a free shuttle transports passengers to the terminal every five minutes.

Websitewww.bishopairport.org


Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)

LocationThe airport is located 20 miles (32km) southwest of downtown Detroit.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
Contacts

Tel: +1 734 147 7678.

Transfer terminals

'Terminal-to-Terminal' vans provide a free shuttle service between the two terminals.

Getting to city

SMART public buses connect to central Detroit from the lower level near the Ground Transportation offices at the North Terminal. Taxis and sedan services are also available. There are car hire companies represented at the airport. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes to the city centre by car/taxi and about 45 minutes by bus.

Car Rental

Car hire companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Airpor Taxis

MetroCars and MetroCabs are available from the airport, and should take approximately 20-30 minutes to the city centre.

Airport Facilities

The main concentration of restaurants, bars, cafes, and fast food outlets are in the McNamara Terminal, although the other terminal also has bars and eateries. There are numerous shops located throughout the airport, including duty-free. ATMs, wireless internet and bureaux de change are available in both terminals. The on-site hotel offers conference and business facilities. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should inform their airline in advance.

Car Parking

There is plenty of parking at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, starting at $4 per half hour. Daily rates are available for $11 in the Green Lot, the cheapest long-term option. There is a free shuttle service from the parking lots to the terminal buildings.

Websitewww.metroairport.com


Lansing Capital Region International Airport (LAN)

LocationThe airport is located three miles (5km) northwest of downtown Lansing.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Contacts

(517) 321-6121

Getting to city

Capital Area Transit Authority (CATA) provides fixed route bus service to Capital Region International Airport seven days a week along Route 14. The fare is $1.25.

Car Rental

Car rental companies at the airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz and National.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are located across from the main entrance. Courtesy phones for booking taxis are located in the baggage claim area.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include an information centre, an ATM, a cafe and pub for refreshments, a private lounge for frequent flyers, meeting rooms, and a lost and found.

Car Parking

Parking is free for the first 15 minutes in both parking lots. Short-term parking costs $2 for the first hour, and $3 for each additional hour, up to a daily maximum of $12. Long-term parking costs $2 per hour, $10 per day, and $50 per week.

Websitewww.flylansing.com


Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport (AZO)

LocationThe airport is situated three miles (5km) southeast of Kalamazoo.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Kalamazoo Metro Transit buses service the airport, departing every hour between 7am and 10pm Monday through Saturday. Adult bus fare is $1.50. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Car Rental

Car rental companies at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Airpor Taxis

A ground transportation counter is situated in the baggage claim area of the terminal, providing information on taxi companies and fares. Taxis are available at the airport and usually do not have to be ordered in advance.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include free wifi, a restaurant, a gift shop, an information centre and a lost and found.

Car Parking

Short-term parking costs $2 each half hour up to a daily maximum of $15. Long-term parking costs $4 per hour up to a daily maximum of $9 and a weekly maximum of $63.

Websitewww.azoairport.com


Sawyer International Airport (MQT)

LocationThe airport is situated 19 miles (31km) south of Marquette.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

A Marq-Tran bus shuttle services the airport roughly every hour, operating from around 6am to 7pm on weekdays, and between 7.30am and 5.30pm on Saturdays. The buses travel to downtown Marquette and Gwinn. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Car Rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, National and Thrifty.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available at the airport.

Airport Facilities

Facilities are limited at this small airport, but an ATM, postal services, vending machines, a snack bar and a lost and found are provided.

Car Parking

Parking is provided right outside of the terminal building. The first two hours of parking are free and every additional two hours cost $1 to $2, up to a daily maximum of $5. Weekly parking costs $35.

Websitewww.sawyerairport.com


Pellston Regional Airport (PLN)

LocationThe airport is situated one mile (2km) northwest of downtown Pellston.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Taxis, shuttles and rental cars are available at the airport.

Car Rental

Car hire companies at the airport include Avis and Hertz.

Airpor Taxis

Taxi, limousine and shuttle companies operating at the airport include Chippewa Cab, Mackinaw Shuttle, Straits Taxi Service and Top of the Hill Taxi.

Airport Facilities

Pellston Regional Airport is small but very attractive, with rustic charm and pleasant waiting areas. There is a restaurant, a gift shop, and conference facilities at the airport.

Car Parking

Free parking is provided at the airport.

Websitewww.pellstonairport.com


Cherry Capital Airport (TVC)

LocationThe airport is situated two miles (4km) southeast of downtown Traverse City.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) provides an airport bus service on Route 13, operating regularly between around 7am and 8pm on weekdays, and between around 11am and 7pm on weekends. Bus fare starts at $1.50. Rental cars and taxis are also available.

Car Rental

Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Airpor Taxis

Taxi companies servicing the airport include AAA Charlevoix Taxi, Cherry Capital Cab and Chippewa Cab.

Airport Facilities

The airport is small, but facilities do include gift shops, food and beverage vendors, and public phones.

Car Parking

Short-term parking costs $1.25 each half hour, up to a daily maximum of $10. Long-term parking costs $2 each hour, up to a daily maximum of $6.75, and a weekly maximum of $44. There is a cell phone lot for pick-ups.

Websitewww.tvcairport.com


The Henry Ford Museum


Henry Ford, the son of a farmer, built his first car in Detroit in 1896. There was nothing too amazing about this feat, because cars had been around for some time. What was unique to Ford's invention was the moving assembly line, which enabled him to literally put the world on wheels. He
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Henry Ford Museum ©Dsdugan



Automotive Hall of Fame


Car buffs the world over are drawn to Detroit's Automotive Hall of Fame, close to the Henry Ford Museum in Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, which is the public programme and exhibition centre for the worldwide motor vehicle industry. The venue features entertaining and enlightening exhibits
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Automobile Hall of Fame ©Karrmann



Detroit Historical Museum


The Detroit Historical Museum, in downtown Detroit, allows visitors the chance to tour the scope of the city's history, from Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac's landing on the banks of the Detroit River through to the city's emergence as an industrial capital. In the museum it is possible to
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Detroit Historical Museum ©Goldnpuppy



Detroit Institute of Arts


One of America's largest fine arts museums, the Detroit Institute of Art boasts more than 100 galleries, displaying a collection of about 65,000 works, ranging from mummies to Matisse, and Asian antiquities to American Impressionists. The Institute of Arts is conveniently situated in dow
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Institute of Arts ©Frankdegram



Motown Historical Museum


Detroit's famous Motown sound (described as part church gospel and part jazz, merging the saintly and the secular) originated in two simple buildings on West Grand Boulevard, downtown, at Hitsville U.S.A. Visitors can see the original control room and recording studio where stars like th
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Hitsville USA ©Blob4000



Ludington


Michigan boasts some wonderful sandy beaches on its western coastline, winding along Lake Michigan. Some of the best of these, with miles of sand and wild dunes, are near the ferry port town of Ludington. The Ludington State Park offers 14 miles (23km) of hiking and biking trails in beau
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Ludington ©Pentachlorphenol



Ann Arbor


The city of Ann Arbor in southeast Michigan, 45 miles (72km) west of Detroit and just north of the Ohio border, is home to the University of Michigan, one of the country's top universities. The city and surroundings have a great deal to offer visitors in the form of historic and cultural
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Ann Arbor shopping ©Scott Kashkin



Colonial Michilimackinac


Michilimackinac, about a mile (2km) from the centre of Mackinaw City, was the first stop for new arrivals back in the outpost days, around the 1700s. Today it remains the first destination for tourists visiting the area, being the site of a reconstructed 1715 French fur-trading village a
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Colonial Michilimackinac ©Mark Goebel



Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park


Mill Creek, located on US-23, a few miles southeast of Mackinaw City, was constructed by Scotsman Robert Campbell in 1780, making it one of the first industrial sites in the Great Lakes area. The mill, now faithfully reconstructed, provided sawn lumber for the Mackinac Island settlers. T
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Forest on Mackinac ©N8huckins



Mackinac Island


Visitors who step ashore on Mackinac Island from one of the three ferry services from Mackinaw City can be forgiven for believing they have stepped back in time into a Victorian village. The small population of about 500 permanent residents has preserved the island settlement and the sur
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Arch Rock ©Michael Barera



Fort Mackinac


From its stoic position on Mackinac Island, Fort Mackinac has stood sentinel over the Straits of Mackinac for more than 115 years, having been built by British soldiers during the American Revolution. The original fort has been restored as a National Historic Landmark and is one of Michi
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Fort Mackinac ©Conal Gallagher



Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum


About an hour's drive north of the Mackinaw Bridge, situated in one of the most scenic spots on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, lies the intriguing Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, alongside the historic Whitefish Point Light Station on the shore of Lake Superior. The museum is the only one of
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Shipwreck Museum ©Doug Coldwell



Saugatuck-Douglas


The small resort towns of Saugatuck and Douglas are close enough together to be considered one holiday destination. Popular for weekend getaways from Detroit and Chicago, the towns are located along the shore of Lake Michigan, in the southwest of the state. The area is known for its ecle
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Saugatuck, Michigan ©Ross Graham



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