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#32 Find your nearest gem of a State Park

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#32 Find your nearest gem of a State Park

Location: All over Michigan

You don’t have to go to a National Park to enjoy nature’s beauty. There are over 100 State Parks all over the state filled with beautiful trails, playgrounds, lakes, beaches, and activities. Search for the nearest State Park near you — it might surprise you how close it is!

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#6 Ride the TART Trails

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#6 Ride the TART Trails

Region: Northern

Location: Traverse City

The Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) encompasses eight seperate trails, including the TART, Leelanau Trail, VASA pathway, Buffalo Ridge Trail, Boardman Lake, and Boardman River trails along with others spread out across Grand Traverse and Leelanau County. Together they cover almost 60 miles. Take some time to run, walk, roller skate, roller ski, or bike down these scenic trails this summer.

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#8 Relax a bit by taking a ride on one of Shanty Creek’s E-bikes

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#8 Relax a bit by taking a ride on one of Shanty Creek’s E-bikes

Region: Northern

Location: Shanty Creek

Want to explore Shanty Creek but don’t want to blow all your energy? Try out the new E-bikes. That’s right—motor-assisted bicycling, perfect for exploring the rolling hills throughout Shanty Creek Resorts.

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#12 Gaze at the Waterfalls along the West End of Black River

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#12 Gaze at the Waterfalls along the West End of Black River

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Ishpeming

A part of the The National Black River Scenic Byway, the waterfalls at the west end of the Black River in the U.P. are as impressive as the hike along the river is beautiful. This is a perfect morning hike for all ages (and canine friends!).

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#14 Ride the new bike trail parallel to 127 from Alma to St. Louis


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#14 Ride the new bike trail parallel to 127 from Alma to St. Louis

Region: Mid-Michigan

Location: Alma to St. Louis

The first segment of the Mid-Michigan Community Pathways trail network , the trail that runs parallel to US 127 from Alma to St. Louis is a great new and safe way to enjoy the middle of the state. Enjoy views of one of Michigan’s largest wind farms and the many picturesque views along the trail.

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#21 Explore Les Cheneaux Islands

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#21 Explore Les Cheneaux Islands

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Les Cheneaux

Swim, kayak or hike around these pristine and secluded islands just east of St. Ignace. Rent a one-room cabin for a private getaway or take in the mostly undeveloped scenery and wildlife for just the day.

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2016: #22 Navigate the wilds of Belle Isle

Belle Isle - #MIAwesomeList
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#22 Navigate the wilds of Belle Isle

Region: Southeast Michigan


Our writer Krissy Schwab describes Belle Isle: “Located between the United States and Canada, Detroit’s Belle Isle is the third largest island in the Detroit River –even larger than Central Park in New York City!  With just under 1,000 acres of land, Belle Isle offers plenty of places to visit and see or plenty of space to spend a lazy summer afternoon away from the city heat.

Looking for some history? Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and the Belle Isle Aquarium are grouped together on the southwest side of the island. A short jaunt north on the island takes visitors to the Belle Isle Zoo.  The Zoo is a microcosm of plants and animals found around Michigan.  Aside from informative exhibits, the Zoo offers a small petting area and deer refuge for children to explore. Belle Isle also features a number of parks and beaches for gatherings.  On almost any windy summer day, visitors can see professional kite fliers around the island.  People can also fish from the beaches and bike around the island on the bike paths.”

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2016: #26 Bike the trails in Copper Harbor

#26 Bike Copper Harbor Mountain - #MIAwesomeList
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#26 Bike the trails in Copper Harbor

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Copper Harbor

The Keweenaw Peninsula is home to so many beautiful spots, and Copper Harbor Mountain is no exception. This summer, try something different and take in the awe-inspiring views by riding some of the nationally recognized mountain biking trails!

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