Your Guide To A Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Fall Color Tour

Your Guide To A Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Fall Color Tour - The Awesome Mitten

It is that time of year; a time when crisp air excites people to get out and explore. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a beautiful place to explore year round. However, the fall season just might be one of the best times to travel here. Why? The dense forests and stunning Lake Michigan […]

5 Incredible Upper Peninsula Trails For Every Hiker

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The best hikes in the region call Michigan’s Upper Peninsula home, with impressive trails, breathtaking views — and sometimes challenging terrain. So how you do you experience these stunning trips if you’re not the most skilled hiker? Or how do you turn an average trail into a challenge if you’re already a pro? We’ve collected […]

Michigan’s Hidden Mountain Range

The Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula are every back-country camper’s dream. 60,000 acres cover untouched Michigan forest, full of sugar maple, yellow birch, and eastern hemlock trees. Fantastic waterfalls and hidden natural springs flow into Lake Superior at the northern crest of the park. Many other lakes are within the forest and easiest to see […]

10 Reasons Ludington Is One Of Michigan’s Best Beach Towns

As one of West Michigan’s top summer destinations, Ludington is a fantastic place to enjoy a multitude of activities. Relaxing beaches, tours, shopping, unique dining, and so much more make this town ideal.  There’s no shortage of great options for a fun-filled road trip to this beautiful beach town. The Downtown Ludington’s thriving downtown area […]

6 Amazing Northwestern Michigan Hikes

Articles promoting hiking for overall health and well-being have been popping up on social media for several months.  According to experts, hiking can actually rewire our brains and help combat stress. Plus, it’s a great way to get outside and enjoy our beautiful state. There is no better place to take a hike than Northwestern […]

6 Great Hikes For The Whole Family In The Traverse City Region

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Northern Michigan offers some of the best trails and most beautiful, scenic vistas anywhere in the country. There’s no better place than the Traverse City region to experience the majesty of a rigorous Michigan hike. Meadows, forests, and sand dunes all make this area unique. Looking to take in the great outdoors on your next […]

Quell Cabin Fever With A Trip To Tawas

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus Living in northern Michigan means getting creative when it comes to winter activities or you will be spending the better part of a year inside your house. With spring patiently waiting around the corner, there is […]

Exploring Rock River Canyon Ice Caves

When it comes to unique destinations, Michigan can’t be beat. Every season brings somewhere new to explore! Rock River Canyon Ice Caves, located in the central Upper Peninsula, is one of those places. These stunning natural formations are spectacular and a must-see winter destination. About the Ice Caves The caves are part of the Rock River Canyon […]

Winter Adventures At Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Looking for a unique and exciting winter getaway? Plan a weekend visit to Tahquamenon Falls State Park! This amazing destination offers something for everyone. From family-oriented guided snowshoe hikes, to sled dog rides, off-the-grid back country adventures, and much more. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a great place to enjoy winter in Michigan.  About the Park […]

Snowshoes, Vines, & Wines

True Michiganders are four-seasons enthusiasts. Wine tasting is most commonly known to be a summer activity, however, it is an awesome experience in the winter. Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay hosts an event called Snowshoes, Vines, & Wines. This adventurous event is great to get you outside in the winter with the promise of […]

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 […]

Experience the Stars at Headlands Dark Sky Park

As the end of summer approaches, I begin to slightly panic that my favorite Michigan season is quickly slipping by. It’s around this time that I put forth extra effort to cram in as many adventures as I can. There is only so much one can do in a day, but what if there was something to […]

6 Michigan Beaches To Find Adventure During Off-Season

Strolling down a deserted beach, I often wish it could always be this serene. There aren’t any beach towels, or sand buckets, or a volleyball net. Instead, there is only the sound of chilled wind and the roar of thunderous waves. It’s the beginning of winter, right when the lake has yet to freeze, but the […]

On Top of the World on Middle Island – Alpena #MittenTrip

Sunrise over Lake Huron from Middle Island Lighthouse. Photo by Joel Heckaman - Awesome Mitten #MittenTrip

As you will find in my Mitten Trip guide to Alpena, the northeast corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula hosts an abundance of incredible experiences. In lieu of a hotel for such a vacation, I recommend something more unique and memorable: uninhabited (by humans, at least) Middle Island and the Keepers’ Lodge bed and breakfast at the Middle Island […]

Survivor in Michigan: North Manitou Island

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I am not what most people would consider outdoorsy. I can’t start a fire without a gallon of lighter fluid and have a great fondness for indoor plumbing. But, three years after my first ever camping trip, I recently found myself with 25 pounds of gear strapped to my back and aboard a ferry to […]

Michigan’s Best All-Season Sports

One of the most intriguing aspects of Michigan is the glory of its changing seasons. The irony is that even though the weather changes, the sports do not. A majority of the summer sports can easily be converted into winter sports with just a few adjustments. Read on to discover which are my favorite multi-season […]

Hiking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is Worth the Effort

Hiking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is Worth the Effort - Awesome Mitten

Forests and trees, dunes and cliffs, chirping birds and chipmunks galore – welcome to hiking the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore! The views are killer, the hiking trails are uncrowded, and the potential for outdoor adventures is unlimited. Michigan beauty is easily discovered here – I sure found loads of it. Last weekend, I was lucky enough […]

Play Hard in Port Austin: Biking and Hiking to Get Away

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There are definitely ways to explore the great outdoors in Detroit, but there’s nothing quite like the quiet of being “up north.” That experience is true for where I hail from (Traverse City), and it is absolutely true for the tip of the thumb. While on a #MittenTrip in Port Austin, I took my adventures […]

Want To Hike (Or Bike) Coast To Coast? Great Lake-To-Lake Trails Can Make It Happen!

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In case you’ve been searching for another reason to tout Michigan as an outdoor enthusiast’s dream land, let’s take a take a minute to talk about the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails project. Beginning in 2008 as a vision of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, the ongoing goal of the project has been to develop cross-state […]

Manitou Island Transit

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My favorite part of our mitten state are the Great Lakes and all the other bodies of water Michigan is blessed with.  Scattered throughout these beautiful lakes are several islands and peninsulas of all shapes and sizes. Two such islands, located just off of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, are the South and North Manitou islands. In […]