The legendary George Gipp ("win one for the Gipper") was one. So was famous writer John Voelker (aka John Traver). You can be a one, too, if only for a week or two, when you visit Michigan's incredible Upper Peninsula. The term is YOOPER, but it might as well be Adventurer, Fun-Seeker or Friend.
When you're here you can't help but get out and explore, no matter the season. Summertime is a great time to find your favorite spot along miles and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, get wet at one of the hundreds of deep crystal lakes, or put your handicap to the test at one of several championship golf courses. Winter visitors have their pick of thrilling ski resorts, massive indoor water parks, and tribal casinos. Then there's fall, which offers a fantastic opportunity to simply get in the car and drive as Michigan's trees put on a magnificent Technicolor display.
Famous Mackinac Island is just a short hop from several EVRentals resorts. Mackinac is a grand testament to the 19th century family getaway, where bikes, horse-drawn carriages - and foot-power - are the only modes of transportation.
Check out our list of resorts and "things to do," and start planning your Michigan vacation today.
Moka Coffee Pastries and Wine (Bellaire). Stop by Moka for a hearty breakfast before hitting the slopes. Or grab a unique sandwich at lunch. Try the breakfast burrito or the breakfast puffs. And don't forget the coffee.
Traverse City favorites. The quaint dining room at The Cook's House seats only 20, but the five-star menu includes items such as Carrot and Lamont White Cheddar Risotto, Duck Confit with Spinach, and Cinderella Pumpkin Crème Brulee. For less sophisticated palates, try North Peak Brewing Company on Front Street, which offers hearth-baked pizzas, hand-crafted beer and a variety of other hearty favorites in a laid-back setting.
Do everything Boyne Falls. Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls has skiing for all levels, as well as snowboarding, ice skating and a variety of other winter sports. Not into skiing? Try out their new zip line tour and speed through the trees at up to 25 miles per hour. Or visit Avalanche Bay, the largest indoor water park in Michigan.
Casino hop (Upper Peninsula). If you like to play your luck, you're in luck in northern Michigan. There are 15 tribal casinos in northern Michigan. Try your hand at Leelanau Sands Casino or Turtle Creek Casino, both of which are just 15 miles outside Traverse City.
Golf Acme. To feed your need for golf, visit Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, which boasts three championship courses, including one architected by Jack Nicklaus.
Holland. Visit Dutch Village in Holland and see what it was like to live in a Dutch village more than 100 years ago. Enjoy folk dancing, ride the Dutch swing ride, visit a variety of specialty shops and learn how to carve a wooden shoe.
The Lake Michigan shoreline. The Traverse City region alone has 180 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline to explore at your own pace - as well as nearly 150 lakes. Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, about 30 minutes from Traverse City, and enjoy the outstanding natural features - forests, beaches, dune formations and ancient glacial phenomena, as well as the lighthouse built in 1871.
Fall's colorful display. If you're traveling in the fall, don't miss a chance to see nature's display of beautiful fall colors in Michigan. A particularly beautiful drive is along M66 from Mancelona to Charlevoix.
Cherry Republic's World Headquarters (Glen Arbor). Cherry Republic is the self-proclaimed largest exclusive retailer of cherry products in the United States. Along with more than 100 cherry products, the headquarters offers a bakery and café, stomphouse and winery, and fudge shop.
Traverse City's markets. Farmers markets are a favorite in Northern Michigan, and the markets in Traverse City and Lake Leelanau are among the best. Stop by for baked goods, as well as locally made jams, preserves and apple cider.