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!
#8 Relax a bit by taking a ride on one of Shanty Creek’s E-bikes
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.
#12 Gaze at the Waterfalls along the West End of Black River
Region: Upper Peninsula
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!).
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.”
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!