Michigan – The Great Lake State

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The heart of the Great Lakes Region of the United States, Michigan is a beautiful state that’s home to about 10 million people. The largest state by area east of the Mississippi River, the Great Lake State is divided into two peninsulas. It’s also a state where recreational water-related activities are extremely popular. This isn’t too surprising given the fact that the state is home to nearly 70,000 inland lakes and ponds.

Also home to three major automobile companies, the place where the Motown sound was born, and the birthplace of Madonna, Michigan has a diverse economy that’s supported by thriving manufacturing, forestry, and agricultural industries. Whether you live in the state’s largest metropolitan area, Detroit, or one its many quaint and charming small towns, there’s no shortage of activities available for your consideration throughout the year in most parts of the state. For times when you’re ready to relax indoors in the Wolverine State, there’s Dish Network – your one-stop connection to sports, entertainment, news, movies, award-winning DVR technology, high-speed Internet, and much more!

Dish offers something for everyone living in Michigan. If you’re a college sports fan, for example, you’ll absolutely love the 24/7 sports coverage you can get with the Multi-Sport Pack! There are plenty of other budget-pleasing bundles and packages also worthy of your consideration. Take a moment to discover more of the reasons why Dish Network can make living in Michigan even more awesome!


The biggest city in Michigan in both area and population, Detroit is home to more than 4 million people when you include the city’s metropolitan area. Considered a major cultural center, Detroit is also well-known for its association with auto and music industries. Located on the Detroit River and within convenient driving distance of Grosse Pointe, Riverview, Garden City, and other equally pleasant cities and towns throughout the Wayne County area, Detroit is a thriving city that attracts nearly 20 million visitors each year.

Covering more than 900 acres, Belle Isle Park is one of the many attractions that brings all of those visitors to Detroit each year. Nestled between Michigan and Ontario, the island park is accessible by the MacArthur Bridge. The park itself is home to many different attractions, some of which include the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Conservatory, and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. You can even play a round of golf on the island’s municipal golf course or go for a relaxing dip by the half-mile swimming beach.

Henry Ford MuseumA National Historic Landmark, the Henry Ford Museum can be found in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. The spacious indoor-outdoor history museum complex houses many iconic and irreplaceable items. Some of these include the chair Abraham Lincoln sat in at Ford’s Theatre, Rosa Parks’ bus, and the limousine that was used by President John F. Kennedy. Thomas Edison’s laboratory is also on display at the museum, which also shows many historical documentaries.

Housing more than 2,000 animals, the Detroit Zoo is a popular destination that’s located slightly outside of Detroit’s city limits in Royal Oak, Michigan. First opened in the 1920s, the zoo has many unique exhibits. It’s also known for its many conservation efforts. The Great Apes of Harambee, Giraffe Encounter, the Arctic Ring of Life, and the Cotton Family Wetlands and Boardwalk are some of the favorite zoo attractions for visitors.

When you’re not rockin’ out to the many live music performances that place nearly every single night somewhere in Detroit or sampling the city’s iconic dishes – or some mouthwatering Detroit-style pizza! – at local eateries, take advantage of the many services and options available from Dish Network. What’s more, spending some time indoors and staying entertained and connected at the same time doesn’t have to stretch your wallet. Dish offers an assortment of TV and high-speed Internet bundles for one convenient payment! Bundles that include phone service are also available.

Grand Rapids

The second-largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids has long-been associated with furniture manufacturing, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as Furniture City. These days, the city is more likely to be called River City by locals because of the Grand River that gave the city its name and the numerous beaches and lakes that can be found in and around Grand Rapids. The childhood home of U.S. President Gerald Ford, the city has a breathtaking skyline that regularly impresses both locals and visitors.

Open to the public since the 1850s, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is one of the oldest history museums in the United States. The museum also operates the historic Voigt House Victorian Museum, which is where residents of Grand Rapids and surrounding areas such as Holland, Grandville, and Kentwood can see a Victorian Era home that has never been remodeled since it was originally constructed.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture ParkJust a 13-minute drive from the City of Grand Rapids, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park you’ll find in nearby Grand Rapids Township. It’s been featured on many prestigious lists, including a listing of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Covering 132 acres, the attraction that’s locally referred to as Meijer Gardens is where you can see rock landscapes and beautiful gardens created by world-class designers. The Japanese Garden displays stunning horticultural styles. There’s also an on-site amphitheater.

From the annual Celebration on the Grand that wraps up the summer season to the Grand Rapids Festival of Arts and performances by the award-winning Grand Rapids Symphony, there are many reasons to go out and enjoy everything this city has to offer. But for times when just you want to stay inside, there’s Dish Network. Nearly 16 percent of the city’s residents are Hispanic or Latino. If you’re among this group, consider DishLATINO, which has the best of Spanish and English language programming!


The third-largest city in Michigan, Warren is home to many important businesses that provide jobs for many individuals within Warren and nearby areas such as Fraser, Center Line, New Baltimore, and Utica. Accessible from I‑696 and three other major highways, the city has many scenic neighborhoods. If you live in or near Warren, there’s no shortage of things to do, see, and enjoy.

Located in nearby Madison Heights, Red Oaks Waterpark is a perfect place to go for a fun family day. The park is home to slides, picnic areas, and a kid-friendly toddler play area. Parking is free. The Warren Community Centre Indoor Waterpark is a similar facility located directly in Warren on Adren Avenue.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford HomeTake a 19-minute drive from Warren and you’ll find yourself at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. This National Historic Landmark was once home to the son of Henry Ford and his family. The sprawling former residence has an extensive art collection that includes two original Cézanne paintings, and the front lawn is where you can see a beautiful rose garden near the pool nestled behind some native bushes. Public house tours are offered.

Head to Toepfer Road and you’ll find Weigand Park. It’s a popular city park with an abundance of options for kids. The property also includes walking trails, a spacious playground area, and plenty of parking.

While there’s no denying the appeal of Warren’s 24 parks and performances by the Warren Symphony Orchestra, there are times when you’ll want to relax and unwind inside the comfort of your own home. One way to do this is with Dish Network. In addition to offering a line-up of more than 200 channels, Dish also gives you access to award-winning HD DVR technology. If you’re a new subscriber in Warren, you’ll also be treated to HBO®, Cinemax®, and Showtime® free for 3 months!

Sterling Heights

Home to nearly 130,000 people, Sterling Heights is the fourth-largest city in Michigan. It’s also considered one of the safest cities in the Great Lake State. Many residents of this blue collar city work in local automobile plants. About 6 miles from Detroit, Sterling Heights is equally accessible from Roseville, Mount Clemens, St. Clair Shores, and other frequently visited cities and towns in the area.

On Hayes Road in Sterling Heights is where you’ll find AirTime Trampoline & Game Park. It’s a place where kids can safely enjoy jumping, dodge ball, and similar activities. The foam pits are just as popular with younger visitors. With over 30,000 square feet of space, it’s also a perfect place to have birthday parties and other group events that will involve children. If glow golf and bumper cars are of more interest to your younger ones, consider heading over to Zap Zone.

general motors heritage centerThe General Motors Heritage Center on Center Drive is worth a visit if you are a true car aficionado. It houses more than 150 GM cars, including many classic models. You can also purchase tasty treats to satisfy your appetite when you get to take a break from checking out the impressive collection of vehicles on display here.

If you’re looking for a place to get in touch with nature in Sterling Heights, make your way to Clinton River Park. It’s a tranquil wooded area with paved pathways and trails that will take you along the east bank of its namesake river, play areas, and picnic spots. Pets are also allowed.

The place where legendary rocker Bob Seger once lived, Sterling Heights offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy free time in and around city thanks to easy accessibility from two main thoroughfares and six additional main roads. When it’s time for come inside and enjoy the many comforts of home, however, you’ll appreciate the many perks offered by Dish Network, some of which include 24/7 customer support, Hopper whole-home HD DVR, and single payment TV and high-speed internet bundles.

Bitter Cold Winters

Michigan Bitter ColdMichigan has what’s considered a humid continental climate. Yet the Great Lake State also a reputation for being a place where winters can be really brutal! In fact, Michigan has had record lows that got as low as minus 51 degrees!

The southern and central parts of the Lower Peninsula tend to have a warmer climate, although winters can still get cold. Longer winters are more common within the northern part of the Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula in the state. However, from December through February, some parts of the Wolverine State post high temperatures that are still below zero. The states many waterways also periodically contribute to heavy lake-effect snow.

Of course, there are some great things about winter and snow as well, such as spending the day at places like the Marquette Mountain Ski & Bike Area, Mount Bohemia, and many of the other ski resorts that can be found in Michigan. Still, if winter weather gets a bit too overwhelming for you, just stay at home and enjoy what Dish Network has to offer! Ranked number one nationally in customer service by J.D. Power, Dish gives you access to an On Demand library with over 20,000 TV shows and movies and an assortment of specialized packages.

Services in Michigan

Michigan is a well-served state thanks to the many companies that provide reliable services throughout the Great Lake State. Here’s a closer look at some of the top service providers that cater to customers in Michigan.

Henry Ford Health System

Based in Detroit, the Henry Ford Health System is a leading medical services provider in Michigan. Established by Henry Ford in 1915, the non-profit, managed care, health care organization serves more than 4 million patients annually. More than 100,000 surgical procedures are also performed each year at the six hospitals operated by this health system. Patients are also served by eight emergency rooms.

CMS Energy

CMS Energy provides electricity and natural gas to roughly 6 million of the state’s 10 million residents. Based in Jackson, this utility service provider has been in business since 1886. All of CMS’ power facilities have received the Clean Corporate Citizen award, an honor awarded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for businesses that have a proven commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Dish Network

Dish NetworkProudly offering award-winning HD DVR technology and 24/7 customer support from a knowledgeable and friendly staff, Dish Network is direct-broadcast satellite service provider that serves nearly 14 million TV subscribers and more than half a million broadband users throughout the United States, including many who call the Great Lake State home. Based in Colorado, Dish is an appealing alternative to traditional cable TV because of benefits that include:

• Affordable TV and high-speed Internet offers
• No need to sign long-term contracts – service can be canceled at any time without penalty!
• Appealing new customer offers
• Hopper whole-home HD DVR


The most fresh water of any state in the United States, Michigan is definitely a place where there’s plenty to do outdoors, especially if it involves the water. After all, the state that’s sometimes referred to as Water Wonderland is named after Lake Michigan! The abundant beauty of the Great Lake State is also what brings about 22 million visitors to the state each year.

Michiganders, as locals sometimes prefer to call themselves, are also known for appreciating good deals. And this is absolutely what you’ll get from Dish Network if you call Michigan home. But that’s not all! Dish can also be used to record your favorite programs when you’re at work or simply taking advantage of the many things there are do in cities such as Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, and Sterling Heights.

The Hopper - Dish NetworkDish’s Hopper whole-home HD DVR allows you to pause, rewind, and record live television in any room. You’ll also get up to 2,000 hours of recording space, so you won’t have to worry about running out of room to store your favorite shows, even ones you record daily and watch back when you have some free time. Our award-winning HD DVR service can also be paired with any Amazon Alexa-enabled device. Choosing Dish also means you’ll enjoy:

• Packages perfect for all types of viewing preferences – including a Flex Pack that offers a little bit of everything!
• Amazing new customer offers
• Excellent customer service – we’re ranked number one by J.D. Power!
• A wide selection of local, national, and international channels
• Money-saving TV and Internet bundles

Contact us today to see what we have available for our customers in the wonderfully awesome state of Michigan.