Breathtaking landscapes, shimmering waters, unique attractions and rich culture- Welcome to Michigan State. Michigan is a midwestern state bordering 4 of the Great Lakes. It contains more than 11,000 inland lakes, spread across its lower and upper peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, is shaped like a mitten, with the mid-eastern region identified as The Thumb has expansive forests, rivers, and inland lakes in the north such as Huron and Manistee National Forests, Sleeping Bear Dunes), and countless miles of beautiful shoreline. . The Upper Peninsula, referred to as "the U.P." is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The two peninsulas are connected by the Mackinac Bridge. Its largest cities are Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, Escanaba, Menominee, Houghton, and Iron Mountain. It has natural wonders, including the Pictured Rocks, Mackinac Island, Isle Royale, Tahquamenon Falls, the Porcupine Mountains, and Seney National Wildlife Refuge.