The Best Reasons To Visit Michigan

Reason # 1 The Motor City

Maybe I'm a little biased since I come from Detroit, but I think Detroit is a great reason to visit Michigan. Ignore the decrepit old houses and decaying neighborhoods for a moment and think of the city's rich and vibrant culture and historic landmarks. After all, Detroit is home to "The Big 3" and "Motown". I don't care how much negative news you hear about the city, don't tell me you didn't drive a Big 3 car or fell in love with a Motown song. The city's current decline is certainly no reason not to visit it. Just make sure you keep the doors locked (by the way, this was a joke).

Reason # 2 The Weather

Depending on who you ask, this can be a pro or a cheater. Michigan's climate, and perhaps the Midwest as a whole, is probably unlike anything you've ever felt. Only in this region will you be wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts one day and shaking your jacket the next. It can be really confusing, but I think that's what makes our little part of America unique. After all, you can't really enjoy a place until you see the best and the worst.

Reason # 3 The Universities

Michigan is certainly home to some of the best schools in the country. The US News and World Report may tell you something different, but don't be fooled. John Kennedy once referred to Harvard as the "Michigan of the East"; a true testimony to the academic caliber of the school.

But Michgan University is not alone. There is also Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, Lawrence Technological University and a whole host of other "region names here" – University of Michigan.

Reason # 4 The Great Lakes

The Midwest is home to some of the most beautiful lakes you'll ever find. Your breath instantly melts while standing on a warm Michigan beach and gazing at the lovely water of your favorite lake. That reason can outweigh the rest.

Reason # 5 Sports Teams

So the Detroit Lions have not done so well in recent years. The Tigers almost made it to this year's World Series. The NBA is in the middle of a blockade, so we won't mention the Detroit Pistons. Red Wings is probably the most consistent team we have, and although I don't follow hockey, it looks like they are winning the Stanley Cup every couple of years.

Plus there are all college teams – Big House (University of Michigan) is one of the most popular sporting venues in the country.