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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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#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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#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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#26 Hike around Grand Island

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#26 Hike around Grand Island

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Munising

Grand Island is a wild and scenic place perfect for nature enthusiasts to explore. Spectacular overlooks, pristine sandy beaches, fascinating cultural sites, deep hard woods, and inland lakes make Grand Island an exciting destination.

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#28 Take the Mission Point Guided Sunrise Hike

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#28 Take the Mission Point Guided Sunrise Hike

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Mackinac Island

If you’re looking for a lovely hike with an even more gorgeous finale, meet Mission Point Resort‘s Recreation Manager, Taima, around 5:00- 5:30am for a super stunning guided tour to a secluded spot to watch the sunrise over the island and the straits.

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#36 Climb the steps of Castle Rock and see Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox

photo courtesy of Under the Radar Michigan

#36 Climb the steps of Castle Rock and see Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: St. Ignace

Known for digging out the great lakes and hauling lumber throughout Michigan, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox are sitting ready to be greeted at the base of Castle Rock, just north of the Mackinac Bridge. After taking a photo with the legends, climb the nearly 200 feet to the top of the rock for a spectacular view of the straights and the bridge.

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#39 Hike the Porcupine Mountains

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#39 Hike the Porcupine Mountains

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Ontonagon

Though not the biggest “mountains,” the Porcuies hold some of the most beautiful and breathtaking trails and vistas in the state. Camp, hike or drive through this area in the western UP and visit spots like Lake of the Clouds or the highest point in Michigan at Mount Arvon.

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#40 Collect Leland Blue stones at Vans Beach in Leland

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#40 Collect Leland Blue stones at Vans Beach in Leland

Region: Northern, West

Location: Leland

Leland Blue Stones are found on Leland beach and are used by locals for jewelry and decorations. Spend the day splashing in the water and combing the picture-perfect beach for these hidden gems.

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#45 Visit the Mighty Tahquamenon Falls

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#45 Visit the mighty Tahquamenon Falls

Region:  Upper Peninsula

Location: Paradise

One of Michigan’s most iconic natural landmarks, Tahqamenon Falls is simply a must-see. Aside from walking around the Lower and Upper Falls, Tahqamenon Falls State Park offers camping accommodations of the rustic and modern variety, as well as kayak and rowboat rentals for further exploration of the Tahquamenon River.

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