1. We somewhat get to experience all four seasons.
The weather in Michigan is kind of a joke, as we really only have two seasons: winter and summer, but at least we get to watch the leaves change in the “fall” and the flowers pop back up again during our weeklong “spring”.
7. And, hey, if you’re not feeling Lake Michigan then no worries; you have three other Great Lakes to choose from.
Not counting Lake Ontario, of course, as it doesn’t exactly touch Michigan (and it would be a trip to make).
And if you aren’t feeling the Great Lakes (like Lake Superior, which is featured above) you have 11,000 inland ones, too.
11. We’re home to world famous fried chicken.
The city of Frankenmuth is a little German-styled town, dedicated to preserving and providing a somewhat authentic view on Bavarian culture. Frankenmuth is a top destination by Michiganders for quick day-trips, not only for its beautiful town but also for it’s chicken.
16. We have an awesomely fishy hockey tradition, too.
WE THROW OCTOPI ON THE ICE. WHY? BECAUSE WE CAN.
And because the eight legs symbolized the eight wins the Red Wings needed to win the Stanley Cup in 1952. Needless to say, the tradition stuck ever since. Now, with 16 wins needed, two inflatable octopi hang above the ice during playoff runs.
21. Michigan has great universities.
The University of Michigan (pictured above) is considered an Ivy League school (public Ivy) and was actually the first established university in the U.S., founded in 1817.
And Michigan State University is one of the largest universities in America.
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