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Pictured Rocks National Shoreline

West Coast Beaches & Communities

1505 Sand Point Road, Munising 49862 (906) 387-3700 • www.nps.gov Hugging the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula, the best way to view the dramatic towering cliffs, waterfalls, beaches, and multicolor rock formations is by boat! The park also offers miles of trails, bogs, beaches, and campsites. It is a four-season recreation destination and a true Michigan treasure.

New Buffalo to Muskegon On the shores of southern Lake Michigan. Dotting the coastline are many beautiful sandy beaches and “quaint” and “not so quaint” towns and cities offering great eating, shopping and antiquing. Enjoy the many special events like Holland’s Tulip Festival which draws thousands of visitors annually.

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens

1809 Eastman Ave., Midland (800) 362-4874 www.dowgardens.org Enjoy 4 miles of hard surfaced paths within acres of woodlands, orchards, and meadows. There is a playground, program shelter, cafe, and the nation’s longest Canopy Walk at 1,400 feet long, climbing up to 40 feet.

S.S. Badger (Lake Michigan Car Ferry)

701 Maritime Dr., Ludington 49431 (800) 841-4243 • www.ssbadger.com Sails mid-May through mid-October between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowac, Wisconsin (crossing time is 4 hours). Food and bar service, movies, TV, entertainment, outside decks, and on-board gift shop. SS Silversides Submarine Museum 1346 Bluff St., Muskegon 49441 (231) 755-1230 • www.silversidesmuseum.org Located on the south side of the Muskegon Lake Channel, this WWII submarine is credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships, received 4 Presidential Unit Citations and 12 Battle Stars for her service. The museum is also home to the Prohibition era Coast Guard Cutter McLane, one of the last of its class in existence. Sub-Tech classes are available for children and adults. Tours daily. Log on for times depending on time of the year.

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Tahquamenon Falls State Park

41382 W. M123, Paradise MI, 49768 www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails (906) 492-3415 50,000 acres State Park with its centerpiece being the Tahquamenon River and its waterfalls. A 4-mile River Trail connects the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. The Upper Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River with a drop of nearly 50 feet and more than 200 feet across.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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9922 Front St., Empire 49630 (231) 326-5134 • www.nps.gov One of the most beautiful areas along Lake Michigan (35 miles long). Stop at the Visitor’s Center, take a seven-mile scenic drive or get out and climb the dunes! The dune climb is located off M-109 and is complete with vending machines and bookstore.

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The Leelanau Peninsula

Located in the Grand Traverse Bay area of Northern Michigan, the Peninsula features a wide variety of top attractions. The 35 miles of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been voted “the most beautiful place in America” by Good Morning America. Historic Fishtown is comprised of old weathered fish shanties on docks now used for galleries, retail and restaurants. It still operates as one of the only working commercial fishing village in the State. The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail is divided into 3 mini-trails, each with numerous stops for tasting rooms and beautiful views of the bay. Grand Traverse Lighthouse is a museum complete with a climb to the tower, fog signal building and shipwreck exhibit. Located at the tip of the peninsula in the Leelanau State Park.

S ARK P Y Six State parks in Michigan are home to protected SK dark sky preserves. Michigan is also home to TWO internationally designated dark sky preserves. The first internationally designated preserve was Headlands.

Headlands International Dark Sky Park

The Headlands is open 24 hours a day, every day, at no charge. Programs take place rain or shine! Visitors are welcomed to stay out through the night for dark-sky viewing opportunities (camping units like tents and campers are not permitted; the Headlands is not intended as an overnight sleeping destination but a place to stay awake and view the stars!). You may bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food, beverages, etc. Plan accordingly and dress for temperatures 10 degrees below what you expect. For a list of upcoming programs, events, maps and more, visit the website below. 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 231-348-1704 •www.midarkskypark.org

730 S. Main St., Frankenmuth (800) 863-7999 www.zehnders.com Click on “restaurant”. A Michigan “must do”! One of the oldest and largest family restaurants, famous for its family-style, all-you-can-eat chicken dinners. Numerous special events, especially around Christmas.

The second internationally designated dark sky preserve opened in 2019 at the

Dr. T.K. Lawless Park

Located in Cass County in the southwest corner of the State. Includes inland lakes and streams and is named after Dr. Theodore Kenneth Lawless MD who posthumously deeded the land (850 acres) to the County in 1971. Hours of operation are posted at the park. Admission is $1 for county residents, $3 for non-residents. Also includes trails, ballfields, disc golf, cross-country skiing, inner tube sledding, mountain biking, picnic shelters, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts. Modern restrooms and electricity in the shelters are provide for comfort. 15122 Monkey Run Street Vandalia, MI 49095