4 Michigan Drives To Make The Most Of Fall

4 Michigan Drives to Make the Most of Fall - Awesome Mitten

We may hate to admit it, but summer is winding down. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in season, my mother is already talking about Halloween, and I just pulled out my first flannel shirt. The realities are settling in that fall is here. Although summer is when we usually spend the most time on the […]

5 Incredible Upper Peninsula Trails For Every Hiker


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 […]

A Weekend Up North In The Soo

The thought of dropping 21 feet in a kayak in the matter of minutes sounds daunting. You’d expect to be cascading down rapids, paddling furiously to stay upright as water careens about you, right? Well, this is a different kind of thrill ride—it’s one through the Soo Locks. Instead of traversing currents, you’ll be bobbing […]

15 September Michigan Events That Aren’t Just Oktoberfest

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It’s true, there are other events in Michigan during the month of September that are not just Oktoberfest. Before we get into all of those, there are people who might come to find out when they can celebrate. So here are some Oktoberfest celebrations you can attend. Oktoberfest Celebrations across the state Frankenmuth begins the […]

5 Reasons Why Lake Superior Is The Best Great Lake

Satellite image of Lake Superior. Photo courtesy of NASA

My great grandma used to say there are many good lakes, but only one great lake–and it’s no surprise which one she thought was superior. Lakes Ontario and Erie are nice but not really part of our Michigan culture. Meanwhile, Huron is admirable but doesn’t offer as much in size and water quality. Lake Michigan […]

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, […]

Valentine’s Day Guide To Outdoor Winter Dates

Michigan Winter Date Ideas - The Awesome Mitten

As I’m sure you’re all intimately aware, February means that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Many Michiganders are going to be sending flowers, receiving chocolates, and going to movies. I mean, it’s February in Michigan, what else can you do? To keep things interesting, I’m thrilled to tell you that there are dozens […]

Beat the Snow: Last Minute Hikes Before Winter in Michigan

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  The weather changes are becoming more and more prevalent, which means that soon “The Mitten” will be covered with a white blanket of crystalized snow. However, all is not lost because there is time before that happens to get out and enjoy the last few weeks of hiking without breaking out your mittens, boots, […]

15 Ways To Make The Most Of A Michigan Summer

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While some would argue a lack of salt water could make for a less stupendous summer, others would heartily disagree that Michigan’s Great Lakes are just that: great. I have a lot of love for Michigan, the Great Lakes, and what they have to offer the summer. To truly celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of […]

12 Facts About The Soo Locks For Trolls And Other Novices

My Dad at the Soo Locks Circa 1982 | Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Calkins

So I have a confession to make… I am a lifelong Michigander, and I’ve never been to the Soo Locks or Upper Peninsula. Whew! That feels good to get off my chest. I’ve done plenty of trolling around the lower peninsula, but for some reason this troll never made it across the bridge as a […]

Hearty Food And Grand Views: #MittenTrip Munising

The name Munising comes from the Ojibwe word, “Munissi,” that means island; Munising means “place of the island.” The island that those early settlers were describing was Grand Island; a massive hunk of land in the middle of Munising.  My #MittenTrip took us on an adventure to this place of extensive history and picturesque beauty. […]

An Upper Peninsula Road Trip – The Tahquamenon Scenic Byway

An Upper Peninsula Road Trip - The Tahquamenon Scenic Byway - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

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 […]

Outside In Marquette, Icy Plunges And Beautiful Sunsets

Lake Superior Sunset - #MittenTrip Marquette - The Awesome Mitten

One of the main draws that led me to choosing Marquette for my #MittenTrip was the opportunity to be surrounded by a plethora of outdoor adventure opportunities. I knew of the man-made sights that the city boasted, like the Lower Harbor Ore Docks and the Superior Dome on Northern Michigan’s campus, but I personally wanted […]

Making a Splash: The Top 10 @LakeSuperior Tweets

Last night we caught wind of this hilarious Tweet from @LakeSuperior about the Tigers and Red Sox game (Go Tigers!). When is the last time you witnessed a Great Lake make a clever dig at a sports team? Here are some of our favorite tweets from one of Michigan’s funniest Twitter account. Ok, we’ll be fair – it’s partially […]

History Of The Formation Of The Great Lakes


The Great Lakes are an iconic freshwater system that makes up more than 20 percent of the world’s available surface freshwater. In Michigan, standing anywhere in the state, you are within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. We also have 3,288 miles of Great Lakes coastline, the most freshwater shoreline in the world. […]

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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You’ve probably heard the song and you might have heard a little about the boat itself. It was the tenth of November, 1975. The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald had set sail from Superior, Wisconsin, just the day before, and was headed to Detroit to deliver it’s load of iron ore to Motown. It was a routine […]

Day 354: A Beginner’s Guide to Pictured Rocks (in the Summer)

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Right up there with Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls, and the Porcupine Mountains, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is one of the most popular areas of the Upper Peninsula, and for good reason! I’ve visited Pictured Rocks a few times, and because there’s so much to do and see there, I thought it’d be useful to write a […]

Favorite Outdoor Places In Michigan – Moosejaw

Last week we did a fun little contest with Moosejaw where we asked you to tell us your favorite outdoor spot in Michigan. Below are some of your entries! “My favorite spot is sitting at the top of the log slide in Grand Marias looking right toward the pictured rocks lake shore, left toward the […]