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 . You can find more great Michigan dive sites here .
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. You can explore more Michigan beaches here .
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.
Moon.com Content Editor