Michigan has the longest shoreline of any state in the Union except
Alaska. The only state except Hawaii that is divided by large bodies of water, it is
the only state to border on four of the Great Lakes--Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.
The northern section is the Upper Peninsula, which stretches east and west among the
lakes. Its agriculture features tourist-friendly fare such as cherries, blueberries,
peaches, apples, and wine. And its cities include a major metropolis, some university
towns, and countless rustic villages.
If something can be done in or on the water, Michigan probably
offers at least a little of it, somewhere in the state. Fishing, sailing, and motorboating
are popular on both the Great Lakes and inland lakes. The Great Lakes are a bit cool for
some tastes, even in the summer, but are still very popular beach destinations, along with
swimming in the warmer lakes inland. Canoeing is also popular on the rivers snaking
through protected forests. . Spend your stay in an Ann Arbor bed and breakfast or a
country inn on a farm or an inviting homestay b&b or historic hotel.