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USA Radio
November 9, 2015

An Instagram Tour though Michigan


In honor of World Tourism Day, Australia’s helloworld organized an Instagram relay for destinations across the world to showcase their favorite local hotspots and can’t-miss experiences. 60 countries and 75 influencers posted from sunrise to sunset on one of social media’s most popular platforms - Instagram.

This year, Pure Michigan participated in a relay traveling across the Great Lakes States. Take a look at some of Pure Michigan’s best shots to see breathtaking scenery and cultural attractions in Ann Arbor, Sault, Frankenmuth, Mackinac Islandand Grand Rapids.

Motown Museum

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Good morning! Today is Would Tourism Day. To celebrate, we're joining more than 60 countries and participating in the world's largest Instagram relay. We're honored to be invited as one of the destinations representing America. Follow us today as we travel across Pure Michigan showcasing the beauty, diversity and cultural attractions of the Great Lakes state. You can also follow the global adventure at #HelloWorldRelay. "Ain’t no mountain high enough- Ain’t no valley low enough- Ain’t no river wide enough to keep us from sharing with you on World Tourism Day." The grand sounds of Motown can always be found in a little house right off of Detroit’s Grand Boulevard in @VisitDetroit.

University of Michigan Stadium

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Our next stop today for the #HelloWorldRelay is at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan's 'Big House' opened in 1927 and is the largest stadium in North America and second largest in the world! Have you seen a game here? 

Soo Locks

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We continue our #HelloWorldRelay by stopping at Sault. The morning fog burned off the St. Mary's River to reveal a spectacular day for freighter watching. The Herbert C. Jackson, as if on schedule with our busy day, made its way up the river to the MacArthur Lock for the 21-foot transition to the Upper River and Lake Superior. Thousands of freighters come through the Soo Locks in a season bringing individuals from all over the word to see this 160-year-old engineering marvel located in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. The Soo Locks are the largest locks in the Western Hemisphere.

Bronner's Christmas Wonderland 

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We are at the largest Christmas store in the world! Located in Frankenmuth, Bronners Christmas is host to decorations and gifts from over 50 nations and stocks "Merry Christmas" ornaments in more than 40 languages! Tag someone who loves Christmas. 

Grand Hotel

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Our fourth stop today is Grand Hotel Michigan. Tag someone who would love to see Grand Hotel in the fall. Grand Hotel is a national historic landmark located on Mackinac Island where bikes and horse drawn carriages are the favored modes of transportation. As Travel and Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels, Grand Hotel has the world's longest porch and offers outstanding accommodations where no two guest rooms are alike.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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The Helloworld Relay continues at Empire Bluffs inside the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore just outside of Traverse City in Northwest Michigan. Recently voted “The Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America fans. This national park has miles of incredible trails and epic views just waiting for your arrival. Have you found your park yet?

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second largest city, was named the first place to visit in 2014 by Lonely Planet. Also known as Beer City USA, Grand Rapids is home to some of the world’s best breweries.

Big Red Lighthouse

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Stately Big Red Lighthouse at the mouth of the harbor in Holland Michigan on the west side of the state. Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other state. Photo by @Ian_Mckay for Discover Holland. We have one more stop today as we celebrate World Tourism Day! We're heading to the Upper Peninsula next!

Sugarloaf Mountain

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Tonight’s Super Moon will rise over the water right in front of this point on Sugarloaf Mountain just outside of Marquette. We’re looking forward to the show.

Quincy Mine

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The Quincy Mine and steam hoist is part of the Keweenaw National Historical Park and is the world's largest steam hoist. 

Thanks for following us on the #helloworldRELAY with @helloworldAU! We hope you enjoyed our journey as we joined more than 60 countries in the world's first-ever Instagram relay.

Interested in learning more about Michigan? Visit our state guide here! For even more travel inspiration, check out #helloworldRELAY online.



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