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State of Michigan



State of Michigan

October 1, 1997

Dear Ms. Sarsfield:

Thank you for contacting my office for suggestions on what to see in the Great Lakes State during your trip across America.

There is no shortage of things to see and do ! While here, I hope that you will take advantage of some of our outstanding recreational attractions. With a longer coastline than the entire eastern seaboard, 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, 100 state parks, millions of acres of forest, and more public golf courses than any other state, Michigan features world class recreational activities from coast to coast.

Regarding specific destinations, Detroit, Michigan's largest city, could certainly be a starting point for your trip. The Motor City's unique attractions -- the Renaissance Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Henry Ford Museum, Greektown, Greenfield Village, and the brand new Museum of African American History are among the most spectacular. You could also visit downtown Lansing's "Capitol Loop," featuring our beautifully restored Capitol Building, the Library of Michigan, and the Michigan Historical Center. In Grand Rapids, there is the Van Andel Museum Center, the Botanical Gardens, and the Gerald R. Ford Historical Museum, not to mention some of the picturesque nearby lakeshore communities. You might also want to catch a Detroit Tigers game, or one of our three minor league baseball teams.

Do not miss out on the northern part of the state. The Grand T raverse Bay area offers some of Michigan's most scenic views and is the center of our tart cherry production. A trip to the only state with two peninsulas could not be complete without a drive across the world's longest suspension bridge joining the two, from Mackinaw (sic) City to St. Ignace. Mackinac Island is only a short ferry ride from either, and while there you will enjoy a laid-back atmosphere in a truly historic setting. The locks in Sault Ste. Marie are interesting, and Tahquamenon Falls and the Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshores are among our most valued treasures.

You will find Michigan and her people eager to offer every courtesy and convenience to visitors, and I am confident that you will find that one week is not nearly enough time to fully explore the beauty and majesty of our Great Lakes State. We look forward to your visit.


John Engler

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