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MICHIGAN TRAVEL GUIDE

An aerial view of downtown Detroit and the Detroit River in Michigan


Coined the Wolverine State, Michigan definitely lives up to the vigor and versatility that the name implies. Its most populous city, Detroit, is recognized as the seat of the American auto industry and the home of Hitsville U.S.A., the original headquarters of the Motown record label. Besides containing more than 11,000 inland lakes, the state also borders four of the Great Lakes. Enjoy the outdoors during a hike on the 10.5-mile Traverse Area Recreational Trail or sample wine at any of Michigan's fine wineries. The adventures you'll find here are endless.



EVENT

Northern Natural Cider House in downtown Traverse City
DRINK UP
Traverse City Cider Week
Fans of apple-based alcoholic beverages will want to plan a trip to Michigan for the first annual Traverse City Cider Week, taking place August 16 to August 23. Michigan ranks third in the United States in cider production, brewing some of the nation's tastiest batches. During the festival, take part in orchard tours, cider-making workshops and tastings. On Wednesday, August 19, attend the "Cider & Sausage Salon" to enjoy live music, family-friendly games, delicious cider and savory sausage varieties.

Get ticket information at the Traverse City official website


DETROIT

Formerly a Wonder Bread bakery, the 16-story MotorCity Casino Hotel towers majestically over Detroit

A HOTEL WITH A SKYLINE VIEW
MotorCity Casino Hotel

Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the 16-story MotorCity Casino Hotel now towers over downtown Detroit. It also boasts four stories of gaming rooms for gambling enthusiasts, including 68,000 square feet of slot machines.

Read more in GAYOT's MotorCity Casino Hotel feature



Iridescence has high ceilings, revolving wine carousels and an exhibition kitchen

SATISFY YOUR APPETITE
Iridescence
Featuring high ceilings, revolving wine carousels and an exhibition kitchen, Iridescence embraces old-world elegance and urban modernity.

Read GAYOT's review of Iridescence

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Historic buildings in Detroit

72-HOUR VACATION
Detroit

This jewel of a city may have been hit hard by the auto industry's struggles, but there's a momentum here that belies the news stories. The city's gems include historic landmark buildings, music venues, sports teams, a plethora of restaurants and one of the largest theater districts in the country.

See how to fill your three days in Detroit


GRAND RAPIDS

The dining room at Bar Divani in Grand Rapids, Michigan

RESTAURANTS
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There are many great Grand Rapids restaurants, so to choose the best one for your next meal tonight, use GAYOT's trusted restaurant reviews.

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MACKINAC ISLAND

View from the lawn of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan

A GRAND LADY OF TRADITION
Grand Hotel

Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel remains a tradition. There is nothing quite like it anywhere in America, making it a must-see destination. And, guess what? There are no automobiles here. The only noises you hear in town are children laughing, people conversing and the sounds of horse-drawn carriages and boats pulling into the harbor.

Get more insight with GAYOT's Feature Review



Enjoy sweet and savory treats during afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan

TEA PARTY
Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel brings a beloved English pastime to Mackinac Island by serving afternoon tea every day. Guests can nosh on sweet and savory treats while enjoying Champagne or, of course, tasty brews. The hotel also offers seasonal package deals.

Get ready for tea time


TRAVERSE CITY

The verdant Grand Traverse Bay in Michigan

72-HOUR VACATION
Traverse City
With good food, quaint B&Bs, a booming cultural center and a happening nightlife scene, this city — located on the shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay — boasts enough year-round activities to keep you wanting to return for more.

Plan you stay in Traverse City



Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Michigan is a great place for meetings year-round

HOTELS
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Midwestern meeting planners look no further than Traverse City for the largest full-service, year-round resort and conference center. Business moguls from other parts of the globe are also known to take advantage of the facilities offered here.

Get more details in GAYOT's Review



Chateau Chantal in Traverse City, Michigan is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Wine Country Inns

TOP 10 WINE COUNTRY INNS IN THE U.S.
Chateau Chantal
Chateau Chantal, a European chateau-style winery on a 65-acre estate, is home to an 11-room B&B, as well as a cooking school. Of course, the most pleasant way to pass the time here is by sitting on the patio, sipping a glass of house wine and savoring views of the bay, vines and cherry orchards.

Read more about Chateau Chantal



Peninsula Cellars in Michigan makes full-bodied reds and a variety of other delicious wines

WINE TASTING NOTES
Peninsula Cellars

It can be difficult to produce bigger-bodied reds in less hospitable climates like Michigan, but Peninsula Cellars should be applauded for its efforts. This endeavor has earned its reputation as one of Michigan's most daring wineries.

Learn more about Peninsula Cellars

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GAYOT's list of the best luxury trains has exciting excursions on as many continents as possible, from dramatic treks across the Austalian Outback to elegant tours through the great cities of Europe.
Situated in scenic locales from Napa Valley to Champagne, France, these iconic wine routes boast world-class vineyards, charming towns and unforgettable views.