Our great state of Michigan has been taking more that a few shots to the jaw lately so I was more than surprised when we were named the best state in America by the renowned travel website thrillist.com.  It's one thing to get the honor from a more specific entity that touts outdoors or livability.  Thrillist has a lot of credibility in this area and we should all be proud.  Here's the explanation given by the folks at thrillist.com as to why Michigan is the best:

'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.'

Pretty cool huh?  Check out the definitive ranking of all 50 states HERE.