Additionally, Michigan is home to nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, making it one of the nation's top spots for recreational boating, rafting, kayaking, and swimming. It has more registered boats and lighthouses than any other state and is home to a large number of national parks, lakeshores, and forests. For travelers who enjoy nature, there is plenty to be found in Michigan, especially in the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula (or U.P., as it's commonly known.
Michigan is also known for being the home of America's auto industry, with Detroit at the center of it all. While no visit is complete without a trip to the Henry Ford Museum, it's the stunning architecture of the Guardian Building, Book-Cadillac Hotel, and ornate Fox Theater that truly pay tribute to the city's heyday as the world's automobile capital. Always moving forward, much of Detroit is newly redeveloped, with scores of fantastic shops, restaurants, and attractions.