5 Spectacular Places To Watch A Michigan Sunset

  I’ve watched sunsets from the shores of Greece, tundra of Norway, and beaches of Australia. Although sunsets in those places are beautiful, they pale in comparison to a Michigan sunset. I’ve sat in awe many times watching the sunset along Lake Michigan. There’s something about watching the clouds light up in shades of pink, […]

Michigan Lighthouses Look Better In Winter

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Lighthouses: The Mitten is home to well over 100, the most in one state in the nation, which tourists flock to each and every summer. For those found along Lake Michigan, they are part of the touristy, beach and resort town experience. Each one offers the opportunity to catch a beautiful sunset over the water […]

A Road Trip On US-12 Heritage Trail To Celebrate The End Of Summer

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The calendar has finally flipped to September. The days in The Mitten are getting shorter and cooler as the Indian summer has taken over, and the time of year makes me think to myself, we need to take advantage of the warm and sunny weather while we still can. What better way than an end […]

5 Lake Michigan Beaches Worth Taking the Plunge

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Summer in “The Mitten” means people are flocking to the Great Lakes with a lot of them hitting up various Lake Michigan beaches and towns. On the west side of the state, Muskegon, Holland, and Grand Haven have many visitors going to the beaches and state parks close to town where their lighthouses are located. […]

Capturing the Essence of Summer with Short’s Nicie

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Whether you’re enjoying a day at the lake or you’re watching America’s favorite pastime, every Michigander knows that a Michigan craft beer is the perfect accent to a perfect summer day. For me, that means sipping on a Short’s Brewing Company’s “Nicie” – formerly known as “Nicie Spicie.” Nicie is an American Wheat Ale brewed with orange zest, lemon […]

A Beach in the Backyard: #MittenTrip Frankfort

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Since I know you’re all looking for more reasons to get to Lake Michigan this summer, let me add a destination to your list: Frankfort. This cozy village less than an hour southwest of Traverse City gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘relaxation.’ Nestled in to Lake Michigan’s Betsie Bay, Frankfort is a one-stop-light […]

Noteworthy, but Overlooked: A Guide to Driving Along St. Clair River

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In points just north of Detroit, many people gravitate to the bigger bodies of water like Lake St. Clair (Anchor Bay) and Lake Huron for their version of coastline fun. What sometimes gets overlooked is the forty miles in-between. Here, you will find the St. Clair River which flows between the two bodies of water, […]

A Summer Lake Michigan Road Trip, Ludington To Frankfort

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Do thoughts of countless beaches, rolling sand dunes, picturesque lighthouses, undisturbed parks, and nature preserves, all along turquoise water get you excited? If so, then consider the Northern Michigan trek from Frankfort to Ludington where hopping from one resort town to the next on this road trip made me forget about the day-to-day. I just […]

Road Tripping Just Across The Mackinac Bridge In St. Ignace

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In the summer months, a lot of people make the trek to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island and/or cross the Mackinac Bridge to enjoy some outdoor adventures in the Upper Peninsula. In between those frequented routes sits the quaint town of St. Ignace. The small-town serves as the gateway between Michigan’s two peninsulas positioned just across […]

The Inside Look: Michigan’s Dune Buggy Culture

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Most Michiganians can agree that, when summer comes around, we tend to split into two groups: lake people and golf people. But the fastest-growing demographic just might be a third, currently lesser-known, group: dune people! Even though I love spending long summer weekends on the lake, I would rather do so while storming my supercharged, […]

An Upper Peninsula Road Trip – The Tahquamenon Scenic Byway

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Looking for an Upper Peninsula road trip option to get away from it all? The Tahquamenon Scenic Byway, M-123 in northern Michigan, offers that– natural beauty, scenic views, history- and a lot more. Beginning in Eckerman and ending in Newberry, both at M-28, unusually u-shaped, 63-mile highway will start in the eastern portions of the […]

Ultimate Packing List For Michigan Adventures

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Michigan’s summer has arrived, mostly, and you’re probably thinking about road trips to see the Mackinac Bridge, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Porcupine Mountains. If you’re anything like me, the days leading up to your planned adventure you’re mostly likely excited, anxious, and stressed. “Where did I put my tent? Why am I packing so much? […]

Continuing a Winter Lighthouse Road Trip Along Lake Michigan

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Droves of people visit the resort towns and coastline of Lake Michigan every year during the warmer months. As an avid traveller of the state, I’m here to point our that this part of Michigan has a lot to offer in the winter as well, especially when it comes to lighthouse and shoreline beauty. Last […]

Beginning With a Lighthouse: Lake Michigan Road Trip

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Are you looking for a scenic Michigan road trip that you can take no matter the season or weather conditions? Consider the lighthouses and the surrounding beaches, shoreline and small towns that dot the Lake Michigan coastline: sun, rain, ice, snow, wind – this Great Lakes coastline is always showing off its beauty. In December, […]

A Michigan Road Trip Around the Thumb

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Are you in the market for an off the beaten path Michigan road trip option? Take a look at M-25 and the drive around “The Thumb.” From Bay City to Port Huron, along Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron, you’ll find an abundance of parks, hiking and adventure opportunities, beaches, scenic overlooks, resort towns, and more. Bay […]

Continuing a Road Trip Up Michigan’s Sunrise Coast

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When thinking about Michigan road trip options, the Lake Huron coastline does not always get the love it deserves. But with remote beaches, historic lighthouses, state parks, quaint small towns and more, Michigan’s Sunrise Coast is a summer path worth exploring. Last month the road trip between Standish and Harrisville along the U.S. 23 Heritage […]

Starting a Michigan Road Trip Up the Sunrise Coast

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Looking for a scenic drive along one of the biggest lakes in the world? When going on adventures in Michigan, a road trip along Lake Huron and the Sunrise Coast offers one charming small town and beautiful mile after another. Coming from Flint, Ann Arbor, Detroit and points south, you’ll get onto the U.S. 23 […]

West Michigan’s Best Beaches

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As residents of Michigan, we spent the better part of this past winter trekking through blizzards and sliding on icy roads but now that the summer sunshine has finally arrived, I think we all deserve a nice day at the beach! Our beautiful mitten is outlined by the sandy beaches of the Great Lakes and […]

Experience 231

Put your excited pants on, outdoor enthusiasts of the great north! Northern Michigan finally has an app for seeking out the best trails, beaches, areas for bird-watching, and other outdoor experiences. Experience 231 is a free app that was developed because of a need; a need to find all of the great things Northern Michigan […]

Oval Beach

698 Water St, Saugatuck MI 49453 http://www.saugatuck.com/beaches.asp Oval Beach Park and the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area are open year ’round. During summer season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) the Beach and Natural Area are open 9am -10pm. There is a daily parking fee $6 (9am-9pm). $40 season permits are also available. I sat […]

Grand Haven Beach

1001 Harbor Avenue Grand Haven MI, 49417 (616) 847-1309 rhodesj1@michigan.gov Twitter HOURS 8 AM-11 PM (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day) 8 AM-Dusk (regular hours) I recently sat down with Grand Haven State Park Supervisor Joyce Rhodes to talk about the park’s beach, today’s featured contender. AM: What would you say is an average day […]

Day 63: Laketown Beach

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Michigan is practically two big islands. Alright, Michigan is technically two peninsulas, but just like an island, our Great Lake States has a ton of fantastic beaches. Lake Michigan beaches are especially nice—they’re sandier, warmer and cleaner than most—and I believe that Laketown Beach between Holland and Saugatuck is one of the best! Laketown is […]