The US state of Michigan consists of two large peninsulas. Its nickname is “Great Lakes State”, which means “State of the Great Lakes” in German. With a total area of just over 250,000 km², just over 103,000 km² are covered with water. More than 70 national parks, so-called state parks, can be found in this state alone. The approximately 10 million inhabitants live mainly in medium-sized and large cities.
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The US state of Michigan
Detroit Auto City in Michigan
In the course of the last economic crisis, the state lost numbers of inhabitants, when industry is paralyzed, it is the first thing you notice in Michigan.
Of these, about 80% are white, 14% are black, 4% are latino, and the rest are other races. The capital is Lansing, the largest city is the Autostadt Detroit.
Michigan borders Ohio and Indiana to the south, and Wisconsin to the southwest. Illinois is bordered by Lake Michigan and Minnesota is bordered by Lake Superior. The border with Canada also runs through some lakes.
Mining is an important pillar of the economy in Michigan, but agriculture and above all industry with several large car manufacturers can also be found here. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors have their headquarters primarily in Detroit.
The biggest cities
2010 population of Michigan’s largest cities, rounded. See Michigan counties list.
1st Detroit 713,000
2nd Grand Rapids 188,000
3rd Warren 134,000
4th Sterling Heits 130,000
5th Lansing 114,000
Climate and weather, best travel time
Due to its proximity to the Great Lakes, Michigan has a fairly mild climate compared to other states of the same latitude. It is humid and continental and lies in the cool temperate zone. However, the climates of Upper and Lower Michigan are even different.
Upper Michigan is significantly cooler and has a northern climate. The average frost-free period is only 60 to 120 days per year. The winters are very severe and the summers are mild. The average annual temperature near the border with Canada in northeastern Upper Michigan is 4.3 °C. The warmest month is July at 18 °C, the coldest are January and February at -10 °C. The average annual precipitation is 869 mm and is spread over the entire year.
The climate in Lower Michigan, on the other hand, is mild. The average frost-free period is 180 to 240 days, which is significantly longer than in Upper Michigan. The average temperature in Detroit is 10 °C. Temperatures here are about 5°C higher than in Upper Michigan. The temperature difference of 18 °C is quite small for a continental country. This is due to the influence of the Great Lakes. In summer they cool the air and in winter they store heat and warm the air. Precipitation is also here all year round, but slightly less at 691 mm.
The best time to travel to Michigan is between May and September. During this time you will be able to enjoy more than 8 hours of sun a day.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Orange Waterfalls in Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan, USA
A trip to this national park should definitely be done if you are in the area.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park covers almost 50,000 acres, which is just over 20,000 hectares.
Most of it is natural forest area with no roads, buildings or power lines.
The heart of the park, and the reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls.
The Upper Falls is one of the largest falls east of the Mississippi River. This waterfall has a drop of almost 50 meters and is more than 200 meters wide. A maximum flow rate of more than 50,000 liters of water per second is achieved thanks to cascading over these falls.
Four miles downstream are the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller waterfall cascades around an island. While not as dramatic as the Upper Falls, they are equally magnificent to behold. The orange waterfall, with which nature has created a colorful sight, is also impressive. The falls can be viewed from the shore or from the island, which can be reached by rowboat. The interesting island walk offers a view of the falls in the southern canal area.