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Sports in Michigan
Whether you are an outdoor enthusiasts or professional sports fanatic, Detroit will not disappoint. Detroit is home to lots of fun things do and notable sports franchises, such as the MLB's Detroit Tigers, NBA's Detroit Pistons, NHL's Detroit Red Wings, and NFL's Detroit Lions.
During your travels, you will encounter a variety of snow-covered landscapes in cities like Alpena, Port Huron, Grand Haven, and Cheboygan. What this means is it is probably a good idea to pack some warm clothing and the snowmobile trails are open for business! Michigan is home to over 6,200 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails that are a part of the most extensive organized snowmobile trail systems in the country. Snowmobilers can explore diverse terrain, including state and national forests, check out over 11,000 frozen lakes, and ride across lots of snow blanketed fields. With snow covering on the ground, visitors can ride to points of interest that are not accessible in warmer months and find themselves on a winter adventure of a lifetime.
With many miles of open and scenic trails, the Cadillac Trail System is located north of Beulah and Traverse City and is the most popular snowmobile trail in Michigan. It takes you around both Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac and is fitting for both novice and avid riders.
Just a short drive from Saugatuck and Grand Haven, you will find the charming city of Allegan. Here you can access the exciting Allegan Snowmobile Trail System. These trails take you on a journey through downtown Allegan, around scenic Lake Allegan and up to Miner Lake.
If you are visiting the far north region of the state, Mackinaw City is home to one of the most popular trails for snowmobiling, the Indian River Trail System. This system is made up of 56 miles of groomed trails, maintained by the Indian River Snowmobile Grooming Club, running through Petoskey and Harbor Springs. This system features lots of open spaces and fun places to let loose on your snowmobile.
Head east of Ludington and you’ll find 332 miles of riding fun on the Manistee Snowmobile Trails System. Located in the Manistee National Forest, any other time of year this area is perfect for hiking and bird watching. But in the winter time, it is ideal for pushing your snowmobile to the limit.
Sports Arenas and Fields
Michigan is home to several professional and semi-professional sports teams, many of which play in the Detroit metropolitan area. Whether you are planning on a day at the ballpark to see the Tigers play or hoping for a playoff win of the Detroit Lions, Michigan has plenty of year-round sporting events to keep any sports enthusiast happy.
Head over to Ford Field during the fall to see and exciting Detroit Lions game. Seating over 65,000 fans, this NFL stadium hosted the Super Bowl in 2006 and has been the home field for the MAC championship game since 2004. In addition to sporting events, Ford Field is a multi-entertainment venue that is host to major musical acts, including Kid Rock and Taylor Swift.
If hockey is your sport of choice, Joe Louis Arena is home to the fabulous NHL franchise Detroit Red Wings. One of the most iconic structures in Detroit, this famed arena has hosted many championships and been the home site to many broken records. Make the trip to see a Red Wings game and get in to the fun when of the squid on the ice – a sign of appreciation from the fans as they toss a squid onto the ice when one of the Red Wings scores a hat trick. The arena is also home to many concerts throughout the year.
Home to the Detroit Pistons, The Palace of Auburn Hills has been a landmark of entertainment in Detroit since 1988. During the fall season, you can check out the Pistons as they hit the hard court and battle it out with the rest of the NBA. Throughout the year, you can enjoy many live performances and concerts.