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Greetings from Your Friends in Michigan’s Great Thumb Area

You can’t have a Mitten State without a Thumb!

Sorry Wisconsin but we really don’t see the resemblance. Michigan was the first and is the only Mitten State! Yep, that’s right, if you’re not familiar with our state let us introduce you … Our official state name is the Great Lakes State but we’re also referred to as the Mitten State, Water Winter Wonderland State, and Wolverine State. Our state motto is “Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice”, which translates into “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you”!

Of course, we have the well-known peninsulas - Lower and Upper – but there’s another one. And the funny thing about it is you can’t be the Mitten State without this pronounced peninsula that sticks out into Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay. So what is this often forgotten peninsula? It’s Michigan’s great Thumb Area, which boast of a travel destination rich in natural scenic beauty, strong cultural heritage and plenty of year-round activities. When you visit the Thumb Area, you’ll find more than:

  • 150 miles of shoreline
  • 2,100 miles of rivers and streams
  • 51,000 acres of public recreation land
  • 49,000 acres of state game/wildlife areas
  • And plenty of hometown festivals and events all year round!

Michigan’s Thumb Area includes the counties of Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola, and is outlined by Saginaw Bay on its west shoreline and Lake Huron on its east shoreline. The Thumb Area is a great ‘staycation’ for Michiganders and Canadians. We’re just a short drive north of the metro Detroit area and only a half hour east of the Great Lakes Bay region. Getting here is easy and can be done on a tank of gas for a weekend adventure! We’re about a 2-hour drive from metro Detroit, Lansing or Sarnia (Ontario). Simply travel up M-53 or M-24 from the metro Detroit area, come across M-46 or M-81 from the Saginaw area, or cruise along the shoreline on M-25 from Port Huron or Bay City.

A great way to experience some of the sights and sounds you’ll see across the Thumb Area is to check out our video commercials which feature amazing scenes from across Michigan’s great Thumb Area! Click here to watch our Pure Thumb and Pure Tuscola videos!

As you travel about Michigan’s Thumb Area, you’ll come upon quaint lakeside communities; such as, Lexington, Port Sanilac, Harbor Beach, Port Austin, Caseville, Bay Port and Sebewaing. Plus, there are plenty of unique country towns scattered across the Thumb Area including: Bad Axe, Caro, Cass City, Mayville, Marlette, Sandusky, Reese, Ubly, and Vassar. There are also many hidden gems along the way!

Use this site as your travel guide and roadmap to Michigan’s Thumb Area. You can search close to 3,500 area businesses of all types from the comfort of your home or office as you plan your trip. Simply let your fingers drive your way to finding where to visit, stay, eat, shop, and play in Michigan’s Thumb Area. This is a member-driven Web site, so you’ll find our members listed first with their full contact info and a link to their Web site (if available) and/or a brief business description.

A few other helpful places to visit before you embark on your Thumb Area adventure are listed below:

Thanks for visiting the Thumb Area Tourism Council’s Web site. Be sure to check back as you’ll discover new events in the calendar and new stories on the What’s New page.

We’ll do our best to get you where you’re going in the Thumb Area. If you need further assistance, simply contact us at (810) 569-6856.

Have a safe trip, enjoy your visit and please come again to Michigan’s Thumb Area!

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Greetings from Your Friends in Michigan’s Great Thumb Area

Your trip begins at michigan.org

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