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 […]

Head Out On A Fall Color Tour In Metro Detroit

Hines Drive Fall color tour, Metro Detroit, Southeastern Michigan

Autumn fun is in full swing in the mitten. Along with all the fun comes the colors of the season. When many people think of Wayne County in Metro Detroit, lots of houses, shopping malls, and urban sprawl come to mind. However, tucked away among all this is a 17+ mile curvy road and continuous […]

3 Scenic Winter Drives For The Michigan Adventurer

This post was originally published on November 21st, 2017.    Michigan is a state lucky enough to experience all four seasons. Our numerous lakes make for fantastic summer destinations, and spring and fall have enough good weather to stretch camping and road trips through most of the year. However, Michigan is notorious for its brutal winters, especially […]

How To Make the Most Of A Michigan Winter

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This post was originally published on December 27th. 2016. When the snow begins falling and the temperatures drop, it’s easy to find ourselves spending most of the short winter days indoors with a pair of fuzzy socks. However, instead of giving up, packing it in, and silently binge-watching online TV until the first flowers bloom in […]

Late Summer Road Trip: US-12 Heritage Trail

US-12 Heritage Trail, Michigan Avenue Road Trip - The Awesome Mitten

Last year I ended the summer in style. I completed an amazing road trip along the US-12 Heritage Trail between New Buffalo and Coldwater. Having such a good time and with another summer winding down, I decided to hit up the same trail again. It was time to roll down the windows and road trip […]

The Ultimate Upper Peninsula Road Trip Guide

Ultimate Guide to Roadtripping the UP

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is like no other place on earth. Sandwiched between three of the greatest lakes in the world, it’s filled with peaceful forests, magnificent waterfalls, ancient rock formations, quiet and cozy towns, and miles and miles of shoreline — making it the perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind road trip. Before you get started […]

Michigan Road Trip Tips For Your Next Adventure

Some Michigan Road Trip Tips for that Next Adventure - The Awesome Mitten

It’s that time of year in The Mitten! All throughout the state people are hitting the road for pleasure. I’ve always been one to go on road trips. Since I started writing for The Awesome Mitten a few years ago, that has gone up a notch. All that additional adventure time on the road has helped […]

Michigan Bucket List: Best Stops On A Winter UP Road Trip

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Originally published February 25th, 2015. With bitter cold and whipping winds, sometimes it seems like a winter road trip is impossible in Michigan – especially in the Upper Peninsula. However, winter is actually the perfect time to go explore something out of the ordinary. If you’re not sure where to start, no worries! Here is a guide to […]

ArtPrize: The Other Michigan Fall Road Trip

ArtPrize Fall Road Trip - The Awesome Mitten

Looking for a fall getaway or maybe just a day to explore? Look no further than Grand Rapids! Currently, in the midst of the eighth annual ArtPrize, Grand Rapids is humming with excitement as tourists and locals alike take in the latest creations and pieces. For two and half weeks, Grand Rapids’ landscape and businesses […]

25 Strangers: A West Michigan Photo Journal

Inspired by the Humans of New York project, I took the time to walk around my own area — Muskegon, Fruitport, and Grand Haven — to talk to strangers about their favorite parts of Michigan. Here are their photos and stories: What is your favorite place to relax? Nita:  “Heritage Landing, you get a chance to […]

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. […]

Michigan By Motorcycle Is Awesome

Hitting the open road means so much more when you’re on a motorcycle — you are literally open to the road, your surroundings, and the smells of forest, field, or shore. It’s a more intimate experience when you drive with all your senses: feeling the wind and sun, smelling the fields, hearing the roar of […]

Enjoy Fall Colors in Mid-Michigan in the Irish Hills

Enjoy Fall Colors in Mid-Michigan in the Irish Hills - Awesome Mitten

Autumn in Michigan brings shorter days and crisper air partnered with pumpkins, cider mills and corn mazes popping up everywhere. It also means that the colors of fall take over the landscape to many Michiganders’ delight. Just south of Jackson and west of Ann Arbor lies Irish Hills, a popular tourist destination and region all year, […]

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

Roadtripping Along the St. Clair River - The Awesome Mitten

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

A Summer Lake Michigan Road Trip, Ludington to Frankfort - Awesome Mitten

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

Roadtripping Just Across the Mackinac in St. Ignace - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

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 […]

A Scenic Summer Road Trip in Mid-Michigan

A Scenic Summer Road Trip in Mid-Michigan - Awesome Mitten

Summer is in the air, so people are hitting the road all over Michigan. Many people gravitate to the coasts of the lower peninsula, but Mid-Michigan also offers the road tripper expansive parks, history, scenic countrysides, small-town charm and more. One such Mid-Michigan road trip you can take is driving the length of M-52. M-52 […]

#MittenTrip: Roadtripping Across Michigan

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Kicking off June 5th (the day before our 4th birthday), The Awesome Mitten is embarking on a three month campaign to visit 12 Michigan cities: Leland (6/5 – 6/7) Mackinac Island (6/12 – 6/14) Mt Pleasant (6/19 – 6/21) Detroit (6/26 – 6/28) Port Austin (7/3 – 7/5) Marquette (7/10 – 7/12) Ann Arbor (7/17 […]

Ultimate Packing List For Michigan Adventures

Ultimate Packing List for Michigan Adventures - Awesome Mitten

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

The Awesome Mitten - Continuing a Winter Lighthouse, Lake Michigan Road Trip

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

The Awesome Mitten - Beginning a Lighthouse, Lake Michigan Road Trip

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, […]

An Ann Arbor Autumn Along the Huron River

The Awesome Mitten - An Ann Arbor Autumn along the Huron River

Autumn is in full swing in the Mitten and Ann Arbor is no exception. This Michigan college town offers its locals and visitors mile upon mile of beautiful fall colors this time of year. Whether looking for a day long adventure or just one spot to capture the colors of the season, you ought to […]

A Michigan Road Trip Around the Thumb

The Awesome Mitten - A Michigan Road Trip Around The Thumb

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 […]