Instead of doling out tips on Italian gelato or showing off the oldest tower in Ireland's oldest city, travel guru Rick Steves will be in Michigan campaigning for recreational marijuana legalization.

Steves, who is from the state of Washington, is a marijuana policy reform advocate and said he's traveling to Michigan on his own dime.

Steves will be in Grand Rapids Tuesday, Oct. 2, and will be in Ann Arbor Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The events are being promoted by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a group of marijuana lawyers, drug policy reform groups and the ACLU.

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Amy Biolchini ~ MLive.com ~