So you think you know Michigan, do you? Can you name off an entire alphabet of information about the Great Lakes State? We thought for fun we would do just that, giving you everything you need to know from A to Z.
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Michigan is the birthplace of the modern automobile, as pictured here.
Our beaches are among the celebrated in the country, and for good reason. The sands are silky and soft; the waves, though still powerful, not as unpredictable as the ocean. And of course, the fresh water makes our beaches preferable to those on the coasts.
Some 75 percent of the country's tart cherries come from right here in Michigan. No wonder the pitted fruit is so celebrated.
Michigan's largest city, Detroit was the birthplace of techno, Motown and the automotive industry. None small feats.
Michigan has its own regional eating traditions that you really can't find anywhere else, including the Coney, pictured here.
Michigan is home to countless lakes, thus making for a ripe location for fishing. So much so that it's one of the top states in the country for licensed fisher men and women.
As droughts abound elsewhere in the country, Michigan has the leading source of fresh water, thanks to the presence of the Great Lakes.
Best known for its celebration of its Dutch heritage, this city sings every year in May with the launch of the Tulip Time Festival.
OK, so everywhere you go, you'll find ice cream. In Michigan, keep an eye for the unique taste and blue color of Blue Moon ice cream.
You may know him from the Newsroom, Escanaba in da Moonlight and Dumb and Dumber. While born in Athens, Georgia, Daniels was raised right here in Chelsea.
You can thank Michigan as being the homeland of the modern day cereal breakfast. Kellogg's is headquartered in Battle Creek.
With as many as 247 lighthouses, Michigan is home to the most such structures in the country. Makes sense since Michigan and the Great Lakes has historically been such an important waterway for the country's economy.
You can't drive a car here. And you're rewarded with fudge and a nostalgic walk back in time with the island's small town charm. No wonder it's such a popular tourist destination for Midwesterners from all over.
Yeah, OK, it's a suburb of Detroit but it's also one of the best places to live in the state for several statistical certainties. Great schools, employment opportunities, local amenities and a safe proximity to the big city, Novi has what many are looking for in a hometown.
Michigan is responsible for producing some 900 million pounds of apples every year in its vast apple orchards. You'll find Fuji, Honeycrisp, Jonagold and plenty other variety of apples, all grown here.
This rock and fossil is also the state's official stone. They're often found on Michigan beaches and they make for the perfect Michigan scavenger hunt prize.
This tiny town of about 1,600 is home of such notable Michiganders as journalist Jill Dobson, MLB umpire Scott Barry and one of Michigan's first state senators, Samuel Ethridge. See? Big names can come out of small places.
Speaking of big names, most of us are familiar with former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But did you know that in the 1960s, his father George was the Michigan state governor? His office experienced a dramatic period of unrest for Michigan, right in the midst of the struggle for civil equality in America.
Just plop yourself on any coast in Michigan during sunrise or sunset and you're bound for a magical view, as pictured here.
This northern Michigan city is renowned for its outdoors, its food and wine scene and its perfect proximity to the Great Lakes.
Whether you're a fan of U of M or Michigan State, you're bound to be in good company. The academics are top notch as are the athletics.
Just take one glimpse of a view like this one at Porcupine Mountains and you'll be captivated.
Yeah, we're known as the Wolverine State. Sure there are really no more wolverines in the state, but it makes for quite the interesting mascot, no?
OK fine, we're cheating here a little bit. But the point is that there is just so much to EXPERIENCE here in Michigan, particularly in our vast natural resources.
Originally founded as a fur trading post, the city whose name is often mispronounced, and has, because of its proximity to the Huron River, been an important connector for Detroit and Chicago.
Zingerman's, Ann Arbor
This growing family of companies was founded around the idea that Michigan could produce some of the highest quality meats, cheeses, baked goods and other foods - without having to rely on the outside.
Disclaimer: we know there’s more to Michigan than this alphabet, but we thought this would be a fun lil’ piece of trivia. What do you think?