Michiganders are adventurous by nature. This fun-loving spirit leads them to travel and explore far from their comfort zones, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of returning to where you came from. Whether you’ve been away for a day or a decade, here are 10 reasons why Michigan will always be home.
1. A trip to the lake reminds you of your happiest childhood memories.
Whether you grew up in Grand Haven, Port Huron, or Traverse City, the Great Lakes were a key player in your childhood. Dipping your toes in the freshwater waves and shaking sand out of your hair will always transport you back in time -- just don't forget to stop for ice cream on the drive home.
2. Michigan is home to your favorite -- and least favorite -- college sports teams.
No matter how far from Michigan you stray, your heart will always swell when you hear "Go Blue!" or "Go Green!" On the other hand, your blood will always boil when you cross paths with someone wearing your rival school's colors.
3. Michigan won't let you forget.
Even when you're halfway across the country, Michigan will keep itself on your mind with its widespread Pure Michigan campaign. Just try to make it through one of those commercials without tearing up!
4. The Upper Peninsula offers a whole new world to explore.
We're the only state in America with an entire upper peninsula full of natural wonders, friendly people, and yearlong fun.
5. The beer is always flowing -- and it's delicious.
Michigan is home to some of the country's best beer, from New Holland to Bell's to Founders. There's nothing quite like sipping on a freshly made pint at your hometown's brewery.
6. Michigan is a reminder of resilience.
Our state has been through some difficult times, but our pride and determination have never wavered. Even when you venture far from home, you'll carry that Michigan strength with you.
7. Nothing beats the fun of a Tigers game.
Other baseball teams put on a good show, but few feelings compare to the pride and excitement of stepping into Comerica Park to watch YOUR Detroit Tigers.
8. Michiganders know how to have fun all year round.
Who says you can't have a blast in subzero temperatures? Michigan residents don't let the state's unpredictable weather get them down. When you come home to Michigan, you know you'll have a great time -- regardless of the season.
9. There's something for everyone in Michigan.
In Michigan, you can visit some of the country's most religious small towns or spend the day gambling at Soaring Eagle Casino. As you change and evolve, Michigan will continue to offer activities that pique your interest.
10. Michigan is where your heart is.
Whether in body or in spirit, Michigan is home to the people you love most in the world. Your parents, siblings, friends, teachers, and first loves are all from the Mitten State, and that means it will always hold a huge piece of your heart.