Top events in Michigan

August
29

Formerly known as the Detroit-Montreux Jazz Festival until it changed its name in 2000, Detroit International Jazz Festival is one of the biggest...

October
19

Around 20,000 participants take part in the city’s biggest marathon. The course passes through downtown Detroit and downtown Windsor, and...

November
26

First held back in 1924 to great acclaim, the parade has become one of Detroit's biggest and best-loved events of the year. Televised across...

Port Huron, Michigan
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Michigan Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

250,493 sq km (96,716 sq miles).

Population

9.9 million (2013).

Population density

39.5 per sq km.

Capital

Lansing.

Michigan comprises two peninsulas, which are divided by Lake Michigan and linked by one of the world's longest suspension bridges across the Straits of Mackinac. Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie also form the state's shorelines.

The Lower Peninsula, mainly agricultural and industrial, contains inland lakes, meadows and sandy beaches, as well as the 'Motor City' of Detroit. The Upper Peninsula is more rugged, and boasts forests, white beaches, trout streams and winter ski resorts.

Michigan has over 5,149km (3,200 miles) of shoreline, more lighthouses than any other state and numerous shipwrecks. It is a rich state full of diversity, ranging from orchards and vineyards to the heavy industry of the big three Motown motor company giants, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.

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