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Michigan is an awesome all-season vacation destination. This mitten-shaped state boasts over 11,000 inland lakes on the lower and upper peninsula. Michigan has bustling urban hubs in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing. The state also has a charming country appeal. Farms and orchards beckon visitors with the taste of fresh, seasonal food. In summer, the lake beaches entertain water sport enthusiasts. Winter brings the skiers and boarders to the slopes of Bittersweet Ski Resort and Mt. Brighton, 45 miles northwest of Detroit.

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1. Kitch-iti-kipi – Manistique

Kitch-iti-kipi means ‘big cold water’ and is often referred to only as ‘the big spring.’ One of the upper peninsula’s most popular attractions, this freshwater spring gushes 10,000 gallons of water per minute. Water enters through limestone fissures, but where the water comes from is still a mystery. The waters of this geological wonder are crystal clear. Lake trout are itching to give you a run for your money. Ancient trees are encrusted with minerals. Get to the best vantage points for photos on the floating observation raft.

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