Michigan Top 5

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sandy Destinations

Beaches are cool and Michigan has plenty. In fact, Michigan has more coastline than any other state this side of Alaska, and it’s all surrounded by fresh water, where you can swim with your eyes open!
Escanaba River fishing

Fishin’ for Trout

There are some 12,000 miles of trout streams in Michigan, ranging from narrow creeks to fast-flowing rivers. Some shine more brightly than others.
Snowmobile Michigan Winter

Cruising snow country trails

Michigan is snowmobile country. There are 202,000 registered snowmobiles and an estimated additional 50,000 that are unregistered and just used on private property. Snowmobiling...
Iron Ore Heritage Trail

On the Trail of a Great Trek

Picking five top trails for hikers and bikers is a challenge, so I took it to Paul Yauk, DNR trails coordinator. Here are five trails Yauk says are exemplary.
Lime Island Recreation Area

Getting Away from It All

There is no shortage of gems among Michigan’s state parks and recreation areas. Here are five.
Bond Falls

A Place Apart

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula waterfalls range from picturesque to spectacular and though many are off the beaten path, some of the most beautiful can be easily accessed from paved roads.
Grand River

Steelhead Streams

Michigan is among the steelhead-fishingest states in the Union. The plentitude of cold-water rivers and the presence of Great Lakes on six sides make the marriage of Michigan and steelhead blissful.
Winter Camping in Yurt

Winter camping: Stay warm at these hot spots

Most folks think of camping as a three-season activity in Michigan: It’s a fine excursion in spring, summer and fall, but crazy in winter. Who wants to pitch a tent when the thermometer reads below freezing or there’s a foot of snow on the ground? 
Bike with food basket

Trails of treats: Savoring the ride

Is there anything more satisfying than stopping to refuel at a delightful café while pedaling a scenic rail-trail? Or picking up homemade treats at a farmer’s market and staging a two-wheel picnic? Which is more enjoyable — burning the calories or consuming them?
Birds in flight

Take Flight: Michigan Birding Adventures

Spring migration is one of Michigan’s best opportunities to view wildlife, a time when you encounter not dozens or even hundreds but often thousands of birds and waterfowl.