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5 Things to Do This Fall in Whitefish Point / Paradise

There’s a lot of natural beauty to explore in the Upper Peninsula community of Whitefish Point / Paradise.

Amazing Autumn scenery, forests with lake, Fall colors, Aerial view.
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Peak Times for Fall Color Across Michigan

The beautiful orange, red, and yellow leaves of fall are almost here! Find out when you should plan your color tour to make the most of the autumn splendor.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Frankenmuth

This Mid-Michigan community is a popular destination for people who like to celebrate Bavarian traditions and Christmas year-round. 

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Michigan Bucket List: Michigan Cider Mills

As summer gives way to fall, it’s time for a visit to a cider mill to enjoy apple picking, apple cider and donuts.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Belleville

There’s a lot to discover in this lakeside community southwest of Detroit during the fall.

Michigan Bucket List: Apple Orchards to Explore This Fall 
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Michigan Bucket List: Apple Orchards to Explore This Fall 

Nothing says fall in Michigan like filling a bushel basket full of freshly-picked apples. If you want to put a U-pick day on your list this autumn, we can help.

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Where to Find Adaptive Kayaking Launches

Adaptive kayak launches offer easy in and out designs for paddlers of all mobility levels. Here are some places to find them.

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5 Things to Do This Summer in Three Rivers

From the arts and cultural events to recreational activities, there’s a lot to do in Three Rivers during the summer.

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5 Things to Do This Summer in Grayling

With its prime location on the AuSable River, there are a lot of things to do in Grayling during the summer.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.
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5 Things to Do This Summer in Eagle Harbor 

There’s a lot to discover in this hidden gem on Keweenaw Peninsula during the summer.

Sand Point Lighthouse In Downtown Escanaba Michigan
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5 Things to Do This Summer in Escanaba 

There’s a lot to do in the port city of Escanaba during the summer.

Little girl picking blueberry
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Michigan Bucket List: U-Pick Blueberry Farms 

Try a U-pick farm for your blueberries this year. It’s a fun way to get these healthy fruits.

Park Bench on the Bay
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5 Things to Do this Summer in Frankfort 

This picturesque lakeshore village sits at the foothills of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

A woman weeds her garden.
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Get Your Garden Ready for the Fall with These Tips 

Between weeding, relocating certain plants and testing soil, your garden needs a lot of maintenance at the end of the summer. These seven tips should help.

Olivia Durkee
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Why I Started Hiking for Mental Clarity

Contributor and summer intern Olivia Durkee shares how hiking has helped her mental health and become an outlet for her stress.

Finding the Music
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Michigan Bucket List: Free Outdoor Concerts 

Bring a blanket, a camp chair and some snacks. It’s time for free summer concerts.

Turnip Rock near Port Austin Michigan
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5 Things to Do this Summer in Port Austin 

Port Austin is a laid-back harbor town that has a dark sky preserve and is a boat ride away from the famed Turnip Rock.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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5 Things to Do this Summer in Ann Arbor 

Even during the summer when most classes are out, there’s always something going on in Ann Arbor.

Family Watching the Ball Game
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Michigan Bucket List: Minor League Baseball Parks 

Peanuts, popcorn and home runs. Who is ready to head to a ballgame?

Sunset on the beach
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Hidden Michigan Beaches 

If you don’t like your beach time with a side of crowds and noise, check out these low-key beaches across Michigan.

Mackinaw Island Town View
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5 Things to Do This Summer on Mackinac Island

Michigan’s famed island is known for taking people back in time with its horse-and-carriage transportation and historic buildings.

Tranquil scene with Adirondack chairs looking over a lavender field with blue sky and white clouds in Michigan
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Michigan Bucket List: Where to Visit Lavender Farms 

Lavender lovers know these dainty blue-purple flowers have a heady scent. Choose one of these lavender farms to add to your Michigan bucket list this summer.

Two Girls Picking Cherries
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Michigan Bucket List: U-Pick Cherry Farms 

Head to a local orchard and pick your own cherries this summer. They are a healthy, sweet or tart treat.

Traverse City Cherry Festival
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Michigan Bucket List: National Cherry Festival in Traverse City

The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City is a summer bucket list event to celebrate one of Michigan's largest agricultural industries.

Grand Marais
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5 Things to Do This Summer in Grand Marais 

Grand Marais in the eastern Upper Peninsula sits along the south shore of Lake Superior and is a gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Sunset on Lake Michigan shot from the dunes of Saugatuck Michigan
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Michigan Bucket List: Best Local Beaches 

Pack a big towel, your suit, sunscreen and favorite pair of shades. It’s time to hit some great beaches.

Throughout the summer, beaches on lakes across the state are full of traveling tourists and locals.  However, it is important to know that not every beach in Michigan is dog friendly. 
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Best Michigan Dog Beaches  

While not every Michigan beach is dog-friendly, there are many across the state that welcome dogs of all breeds and sizes. Here are five of them.

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5 Things to Do This Summer in Brighton 

From a seasonal waterpark in a lake to recreation areas that take hikers from hardwood forests to meadows, Brighton is a great place to get away from it all.

Family watching hot air balloons during a Michigan summer festival
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Michigan Bucket List: Summer Festivals to Put on Your Calendar

This summer, there’s something for everybody in this lineup of Michigan summer festivals that are a must-add to your bucket list.

River Staircase
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5 Things to Do in Oscoda This Summer 

From fishing or kayaking adventures on the famed Au Sable River to hiking trails or splashing in Lake Huron, Oscoda has an activity you’re sure to love.

Solstice Sundown at St. Joseph Lighthouses
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5 Things to Do in St. Joseph This Summer 

St. Joe is home to sugar-sand beaches, a giant splash pad and its landmark Silver Beach Carousel. Here are 5 things to do during a visit.

A young family has fun roasting marshmallows while camping.
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The Do's and Don'ts of Camping

Camping in Michigan can be loads of fun, but it can also be a struggle if you’re not prepared. Keep this guide handy as you plan your trip.

Small girl with grandmother picking strawberries on the farm.
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Michigan Bucket List: U-Pick Strawberry Farms 

Try a U-Pick farm for your strawberries this year. It’s a fun way to get these healthy fruits.

Michigan Hardwood Forest Reflection In Water
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5 Things to Do This Spring in Manistique  

Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Manistique is known for several tourism destinations from historical to recreational. 

A woman excitedly explores her local farmers market.
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Michigan’s Best Farmers Markets

Michigan is home to roughly 300 farmers markets. Here are more than a half dozen of our favorites from around the state.

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Mountain Bike Trails in Michigan 

Load up those knobby tires and try out these cool trails near you.

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5 Things to Do This Spring in Mt. Pleasant  

Located in the middle of Michigan, Mt. Pleasant is home to Central Michigan University. If you are visiting Mount Pleasant, here are some things to do.

Hiking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore In Michigan
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Michigan Hikes to Get Your 10,000 Steps In 

There are big health benefits to getting 10,000 daily steps. Here are some great places to do that with a view.

Alpena Drawbridge
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5 Things to Do This Spring in Alpena 

Known as the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, the historic port city of Alpena sits nestled between a vast forest and Lake Huron’s picturesque Thunder Bay. 

Camping Yurt
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Accessible Camp Sites and Lodges in Michigan

Camping with mobility challenges should not have to be difficult. Check out this statewide list of accessible camping and lodge spots.

Wooden Windmill in Holland Michigan
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5 Things to Do This Spring in Holland  

A favorite Lake Michigan vacation spot, Holland was settled by the Dutch in the mid-1800s and is still known for its springtime tulips and beaches.

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How to Enjoy Ludington’s New Accessible Water Trail 

It’s a short, protected route on calm water. Ludington State Park’s new accessible water trail is set to open this summer.

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Michigan Wildflower Hikes to Take This Spring 

Colorful wildflowers are a welcome sign of spring. Here are some hiking spots where you are sure to see them.

Smiling young friends using binoculars during a nature hike
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Mental Health Benefits of Birding 

Spotting a warbler perched on a pine branch or a hawk soaring overhead can be thrilling. But birding also has mental health benefits.

Soo Locks in dusk
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How to Get Your Steps in Near Michigan’s Soo Locks 

If you’re a freighter fan headed to the Soo Locks, check out these nearby trails to get your steps in.

Playing In The Park With Mum
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Accessible and Inclusive Playgrounds Around the State 

Accessible and Inclusive Playgrounds Around the State

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Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Across Michigan 

Earth Day is approaching. How will you be celebrating our planet?

Cherry Blossom in Traverse City in Michigan
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Michigan Spring Bucket List: Cherry Blossoms in Traverse City

No need to fly to D.C., here's how to get your cherry blossom fix in Northern Michigan. Check out our list of Old Mission Peninsula drives and things to see.

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Best Places to See Migrating Birds in Michigan 

The song of a red-winged blackbird is one of the first signs of spring. Here are some great places to see migrating birds in Michigan.

Rainbow Over Detroit Riverwalk
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Urban Nature Trails in Michigan to Move Your Workout Outside 

Grab a pair of sunglasses and your best workout shoes. It’s time to move your next exercise session outdoors.

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Michigan Bucket List: Public Golf Courses 

Ready to break out your clubs? You’re not alone. Here are some popular public golf courses to check out across the state.

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Michigan Bucket List: Snowshoeing Trails to Try 

Ready to head out on a snowshoeing adventure? Here are some bucket-list worthy trails to try across Michigan.

Winter mountain adventure. Young couple on a trail. Night blizzard
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Winter Night Hikes Across Michigan 

Walking in the winter can be a hushed, beautiful experience. But what about winter night hikes? Those can be magical.

The UP Eben Ice Caves.
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The Upper Peninsula’s Eben Ice Caves: Winter Hiking 101

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is full of surprises, including winter ice caves. Get helpful tips on how to hike properly in the winter.

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Michigan Winter Getaways 

Cold temperatures and snow create the landscape for a whole season of adventure. Here are some ideas for great Michigan winter getaways.

A woman and young boy snowshoe up a snow-covered hill.
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5 Winter Sports to Try This Year 

You’re probably familiar with ice skating and skiing, but if those don’t move the needle for you, these other Michigan winter sport ideas should.

A person's first-person-view of the wintertime wilderness from the inside of a tent.
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Cold Weather Camping: Tips and Essentials  

Packing the proper layers and a quality tent are crucial to any winter camping trip. So are these hacks. Are you prepared?

Bicycling in Fall. Urban concept.
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New 60-Mile Bike Trail to Stretch from Michigan to Chicago 

The new Marquette Greenway will hug the bottom curve of Lake Michigan as it stretches between three states.

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Meteor Showers to Watch for in November 

Grab a blanket, settle back and enjoy the skywatching scene. November has a few meteor showers ready to put on a show.

Ocqueoc Falls In The Lower Peninsula Of Michigan Is Handicapped Accessible
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Spotlight on Ocqueoc Falls, One of Michigan’s Few Universally Accessible Waterfalls

Enjoying waterfalls should be something everyone can do. Michigan has a couple great accessible waterfall locations in the Upper and Lower peninsulas.

A sailboat rounds the breakwater near sunset on the longest day of the year by the Lighthouses at St. Joseph, Michigan with people fishing from and walking on the pier.
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Squeeze the Last Bit of Summer Fun with These 5 Weekend Trips 

Feel like the opportunity for summer adventure is passing you by? Here’s how to squeeze the last bit of fun out of the season.

Do you know about Michigan's four species of bees, and the work they do to pollinate our flowers, fruits, and vegetables?
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Different Types of Bees in Michigan

Do you know about the four species of bees, and the work they do to pollinate our flowers, fruits, and vegetables?

young man in a electric wheelchair fishing
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Accessible Boat Launches, Fishing Spots Across Michigan 

Boating and fishing are popular pastimes in Michigan, and accessibility is driving improvements to fishing piers and boat launches across the state.

Detroit RiverWalk
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4 Things to do on Detroit International RiverWalk, Named Country’s Best 

The Detroit International Riverwalk was recently named the country’s best river walk and is considered one of Detroit’s top attractions.

West Michigan cities like Holland, Ferrysburg and Fennville are home to some of the most beautiful, under-the-radar parks in the state.
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6 West Michigan Parks You Need to Visit

West Michigan cities like Holland, Ferrysburg and Fennville are home to some of the most beautiful, under-the-radar parks in the state.

One of the major appeals of wing foiling is it can be fun to do even if the waves aren’t high and the wind isn’t overbearing, because of its versatility. The board and wing do some of the work for you.
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Wing Foiling is Taking off on Lake Michigan

Wing foiling is really catching on in Michigan. The wind-surfing sport involves riding a hydrofoil board while holding an inflatable wing.

Pictured Rocks Kayaker Arch 2
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Hidden Gem Camping Spots in the Upper Peninsula 

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula campgrounds have a wild beauty like nowhere else. If you really want to get Up North, cross the Mackinac Bridge and find a campsite.

Man playing flying disc sport game in the city park
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Best Disc Golf Courses in Michigan

Pack up some discs, grab some water and check out these popular frisbee golf courses across Michigan.

"Image of the Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Michigan, USA."
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Lighthouses That Should Be on Your Summer Road Trip List

Standing sentry along the shores of our Great Lakes, here are several lighthouses that should be on your summer road trip list.

Track chairs on the beach. Beach wheelchairs help expand access to lakes.
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Beach Wheelchairs Make Michigan Lakes More Accessible

Electric track chairs at state parks have made trips to the beach and even enjoying a dip in the lake much more accessible to people in the last few years.

Early morning at Lake of the Clouds
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Lakes in Michigan We Love 

The Great Lakes may get all the attention, but did you know there are more than 11,000 lakes in Michigan?

a handicapped man at the beach. electric wheelchair. with assistant on bicycle.
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Accessible Beaches in Michigan 

Access to beaches and waterfront spaces is improving across Michigan as state parks and city beaches become places that people of all abilities can navigate.

Mackinac Island West Bluff Victorian Cottage
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Michigan Bucket List: Mackinac Island’s Lilac Festival 

Lilacs are not native to this part of the world, but one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations has some historic blooms and a big festival to celebrate them.

Handicapped camping sign in campground
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Accessible Trails and Fishing Spots Expanding at Michigan State Campgrounds and Parks 

If you or someone close to you needs easy-to-reach sites or trails at state campgrounds, or accessible fishing spots, here’s the best way to find them.

Wooden Windmill in Holland Michigan
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Michigan Spring Bucket List: Best Spots to See Holland’s Famous Tulips 

This West Michigan town is known for its spring tulip displays. Here are some insider tips on scenic spots to see them in full bloom.

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Why Yooperlites Are a Pure Michigan Rock-Hunting Quest 

Ready for a late-night adventure that will land you some rocks that glow in the dark? Then you’re ready to find Yooperlites.

Peach tulips in field
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Top Picturesque Locations for Spring

Spring is in the air! The winter frost has worn off and flowers are just starting to bloom all around the state.

Lake Superior Chapel Beach in Autumn at Pictured Rocks
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Beautiful Michigan: Top Picturesque Locations For Fall

Looking for that perfect fall picture? Snap a photo at one of these Michigan locations.

Father and Son Playing at Park in Autumn
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Fall Isn’t Canceled: Stay Safe While Enjoying Your Favorite Activities

With autumn’s arrival, it’s the perfect time to plan fun things to do with your favorite people. Here are a few ways to ensure your adventures are safe.

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Tips for Hiking Solo

If you feel inspired by the movie Wild, check out these safety tips before heading out on a solo hike.

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5 of the Lower Peninsula’s Most Beautiful Bike Routes

Michigan has more than 1,300 miles of biking trails–here are a few of the best.

family hiking on trail in the woods
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Hiking in Michigan: Where to Go and How to Start 

Hiking in Michigan? This comprehensive guide includes tips on what to pack, how much food and drink you’ll need and how to stay safe on the trail.

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Want to Be More Outdoorsy? Start Small

Like the idea of getting outdoors more often but aren't sure where to start? Take small steps to build your confidence in nature.

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Exercises You Can Do Outdoors While Under a ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ Order

Miss the gym? There are still lots of ways to get exercise right now and all of them are guaranteed to give you a mood boost and health benefits.

Runner on trail filled with autumn leaves
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Time to Hit the Trails Running

If you want to enjoy the beauty of a Michigan fall while also getting in an enjoyable workout, then read more to learn the basics of trail running.

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Michiganders Share Favorite Fall Color Hikes

It's officially fall in Michigan – but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hunker down inside just yet.

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How to Turn a State Park into a Gym

No membership? No problem. Here are some tips on how to turn your local park into an outdoor gym.

MI Big Green Gym
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Get Active With Your Michigan Big Green Gym

Michigan is full of amazing parks and trails. Get outside and get active with these ways to enjoy the parks:

Silver Lake State Park Sand Dunes
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Accessibility at Michigan State Parks

The state of Michigan and the Department of Natural Resources have teamed up to make state parks and recreation more accessible for people with disabilities.

Family Fourth of July beach celebration
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Fireworks-Free Fourth of July Festivities

While fireworks have become a Fourth of July tradition, for some, they may not make for the ideal night.

Man diving into lake
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Wave Hello to Open Water Swimming

Swimming engages your entire body, conditioning all muscles needed for any other workout. Here are some of the ways open water swimming benefits your health.

View of Pictured Rocks from the water
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Scenic Summer: Top Picturesque Locations in MI

The weather is warm and summer is here! Capture some of the best pictures at these locations in Michigan.

Why golf is such great exercise
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4 Reasons Golf is Great Exercise

Other than being much harder than it looks, golf is a great source of exercise for all ages. It might be time to pick up that driver and hit the links.

Image of ice curtains near Pictured Rocks.
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Beautiful Michigan: Top Picturesque Winter Spots

Winters in Michigan means lots of layers, freezing temperatures and of course- snow. Yes, the winter months are cold, but even in the single-digit temperatures, our state still proves why it’s one of the most beautiful.

Photo of a joshua tree against the sunset.
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Feel Happier and Healthier with a Dose of Nature

Why connecting with nature is as vital to good health as wellness visits, preventive screenings and daily vitamins.

Man being pulled on skis by dog on snow
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Wacky Winter Sports to Try in Michigan

It’s important to continue working out, even when the weather gets colder. Ready to take on the challenge?

View from behind a tree of sand dunes and lake
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Small Towns, Big Fun

Check out our ten tiny towns to travel to for your next road trip – all right here, in Michigan.

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Buzz Off! How to Keep Mosquitos Far Away

You can protect yourself against West Nile by avoiding contact with mosquitos. Here are five tips to help you do just that.

Image of a boy camper holding a paddle and wearing a life vest
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Top Locations for Kids to Stay Active in the Summer

Summer is the perfect time to get outside! Check out these awesome locations across Michigan to keep you active all summer long.

Image of a dune buggy at Silver Lake Sand Dunes
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Michigan July Bucket List: 10 Ways to Make this Month Sizzle

Get outside, eat fresh, and recharge your batteries with these ideas to make July a month to remember.

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