by Richelle Kimble
We’ve compiled a small (but mighty) list of our favorite adventures in Michigan. Fill the tank, grab your backpack, and set out on an escapade!
Hike the North Country Trail
The NCT’s 4,600 miles connects North Dakota to New York and runs directly through the heart of Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas. This section through the Ottawa National Forest is only a sliver; day hike, overnight camp, or wander for months on this giant trail.
Road trip the Shipwreck Coast
Named one of National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime! From Marquette to Whitefish Point, see nearly 200 miles of Lake Superior’s coast. Camp on Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, canoe the Two Hearted River, view shipwrecks in Munising, and get splashed by Tahquamenon Falls.
Boat & Dive
Cheboygan is known as the Gateway to Waterways, offering more than 40 miles of inland boating and is surrounded by over 50 world-class shipwrecks open to divers.
Backcountry North Manitou Island
Part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, North and South Manitou Island are perfect for backcountry getaways. The 15,000-acre North Island is less trekked and draws serious packers ready for wilderness.
The summer in Northern Michigan offers spectacular views, enticing tastes, and multiple wine trails; try the Grand Traverse Bay Loop, Sleeping Bear Loop or Northern Loop.
One of the very few rock climbing options in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Grand Ledge’s rock formations offer solo climbing at Oak Park or along The Ledges Trail.
Explore the 25 miles of difficult mountain bike trails in Fort Custer State Park. The trails offer woodsy views, picnic areas and camping.
Spend an afternoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts, catch a Tiger’s game at Comerica Park, and visit the Motown Museum. Weave multiple tastings of unique fare at a few of Detroit’s upscale and unique restaurants.
When she’s not editing for WLM, Richelle enjoys exploring, traveling, writing, reading, cooking, learning and playing. Follow her for adventure inspiration: @richelle.kimble