Michigan has experienced a resurgence in tourism over the past few years. Detroit is slowly building itself up again with interest from investors and business owners who are reclaiming storefronts. The population of Michigan is surging slightly as well, with more professionals buying reasonably priced housing.

All this growth positions Michigan as a more attractive destination for travel, and there are many gems to enjoy outside of Detroit. If you’re interested in taking a tour of this state, here are some sparkling spots, complete with what to do and where to stay.

Grand Rapids: Beer City


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Grand Rapids was once a sprawling city for furniture makers due to its proximity to forests. That reputation has changed, however, and the city is now known for the arts and beer breweries. Art lovers can’t miss Art Prize, the world’s largest art competition that invites over 1,000 artists to display their works around the city. Foodies won’t want to miss the Fulton Street Farmers Market, which is a terrific source of slow-cooked food and local products. Naturally, if beer is your friend, doing a beer tasting is a must!

The best hotel in Grand Rapids is the JW Marriot Hotel Grand Rapids. You’ll have a view of the river, comfortable rooms, and even a spa to pamper yourself after long days of sightseeing.

Troy: The Safest City in Michigan

When you walk or drive in Troy, this city’s economic prosperity becomes clear immediately. If you love shopping, Troy has an abundance of boutiques and the famous Somerset Collection. But there’s also plenty of history, so consider visiting the Troy Museum and historic village. Go for local accommodations, such as the Somerset Hotel. This hotel has a nine-hole golf course, a fitness center, and a garden replete with flowers. Food is also never far, thanks to an on-site restaurant.

Lansing: Mid-Michigan

Lansing is the capital of Michigan, and it’s packed with education, culture, and industry. Enjoy a tour of the state capitol building or visit a number of museums. There’s even an Old Town where you can step back in time. A perfect family hotel is the Hyatt Place Lansing/Eastwood Towne Center. There’s free parking and a number of shops and restaurants nearby to satisfy all the highlights of a fun vacation.

Novi: Quiet Time

Novi is a charming city that’s not far from the center of Ann Arbor. There’s a high number of great pubs and restaurants to satisfy your gastronomic and beer cravings, along with Historic Township Hall, which is worth a tour. Be sure to check out Tolstead Farm, an educational center and farmstead that demonstrates the agricultural aspect of Novi.

For the right city hotel, you might want to book a room at the Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel. Each room has loads of amenities such as iPod docking stations and plush beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. Take advantage of fitness center and grab some healthy food at the on-site restaurant.

Give Michigan a chance with with this great guide!

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