We’ve just finished putting content from our Moon Michigan guidebook, by Laura Martone, online yesterday. In addition to all the things you might expect to find in a guide to Michigan—like Detroit’s Motown Historical Museum, Ann Arbor’s Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mackinac Island, and rich ethnic enclaves like Greektown and Hamtramck—Laura includes many unexpected gems, too, like the annual late-March Sugar & Shearing Festival and the annual Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Powwow held every August.

I’ve never traveled to Michigan, and I’m not a scuba diver, so perhaps most unexpected were the amazing number of scuba diving opportunities from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to the Alger Underwater Preserve.

I was also surprised to learn that the length of Michigan’s coastline is second only to Alaska and its historic lighthouses are a huge draw for travelers. In addition to the lighthouses, Michigan has some truly stunning beaches like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Rock hounds will love the shoreline along the Keweenaw Peninsula where unusual gemstones like porcelaneous datolite, mohawkite, and chlorastrolite can be found.

Laura Martone has recently begun blogging for us here at Moon. Be sure to check our her American Nomad blog to get her unique insights on her travels across America.