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    Michigan's great because although we have the "big city" (Detroit) plus some other good-sized cities (Grand Rapids, Lansing, etc.), we also have a lot of really rural areas. Plus, we have coastlines on 4 of the 5 great lakes, not to mention all of the inland lakes and rivers.

    1.) Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore-- miles of huge sand dunes along Lake Michigan. Great legend to go along with it (The Legend of the Sleeping Bear is a great picture book).

    2.) Mackinac Island-- historic island; no cars allowed, only horses, carriages, and bikes; awesome fudge

    3.) Taquamenom Falls (sp.?)-- copper-colored waterfalls in the upper peninsula (the "U.P.")

    4.) Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum-- the Village has houses, stores, attractions representing Michigans's history. The Museum is connected and, among other things, has displays on the rise of the auto industry in Michigan. Big field trip destination around here!

    5.) Downtown Detroit-- despite it's sad reputation, it has some amazing things to do and see:
    ---Theaters (the Fox, Masonic Temple, the Fischer to name a few)
    ---Comerica Park (the Tigers), Ford Field (the Lions), and Joe Louis Arena (the Red Wings)
    ---Eastern Market
    ---Museums: the Detroit Institute of Art, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Science Center
    ---The Riverfront-- finally being developed along the Detroit River; straight across is Windsor, Ontario
    ---The International Auto Show (every January) at Cobo Hall

    6.) Frankenmuth-- an old Bavarian town that's a huge tourist attraction for it's restaurants, hotels, and themed shopping (not to mention it's proximity to a huge outlet mall:)).

    7.) Gwen Frostic Studio-- Gwen Frostic was a Northern Michigan artist who did block-prints of nature. Her studio is built into a small nature preserve in Benzie County. I'm pretty sure there's a website for it.

    I'm sure there's more that either I'm not aware of, or that I don't necessarily consider an attraction because I've spent my whole life enjoying it:). Right now, Michigan is really trying to increase tourism, so their website has lots of info.

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