Maybe I'm a little biased because I've lived in Michigan all my life, but I happen to think the Mit is pretty great place. And now my feelings have been confirmed by the folks at Thrillist, who rate MICHIGAN as the best state in the country.

That's right, number one, baby!

Thrillist says forget what you've heard about Detroit, and Michigan's economy. Focus on what's important:  The eauty. The beer. The pasties. And Kid Rock.

(And let's not forget Bob Seger, Coneys, Casey Kasem, Bob Eubanks, Sandra Bernhard!)

Far too much of the Michigan narrative centers on Detroit and its many issues. The Motor City’s become a scrappily rising underdog you can’t help but root for, but Michigan’s greatest strengths lie in the state as a whole. Did you know Michigan has more coastline than any state other than Alaska? Did you know it has such an embarrassment of beer riches that you can easily hit Bell’s and Founders in the same afternoon? Did you know the UP is so remote and uniquely beautiful that it almost feels like a secret 51st state where they inexplicably love British meat pies? Did you know most residents are more than happy to apologize for Kid Rock? If you answered yes to at least three of these than you already understand Michigan’s charms. If you answered no to these questions, you should listen to the dulcet tones of Michigan tourism pitchman Tim Allen and get yourself there immediately.

See the rest of Thrillist's state ranking here.

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