I love Michigan. I love living here, I love raising my kids here, I love that I get to host the Outdoor Book Club here and I love vacationing here. Michigan offers an amazing range of cultural, natural and environmental treasures: long winding roads through orchards and glacier-carved mountains, an Upper Peninsula where the woods look the same as when Hemingway fished there, and rivers teeming with fish and spirit. Michigan is essentially an outdoor adventurer's paradise.
But the people are pretty great too. I graduated from high school in Troy, but now make my home on the west side of the state in Grand Rapids, and have felt at home in both places. The combination of blue-collar honesty plus the focused creativity and fostering of entrepreneurship makes Michigan one of the best places on earth. Seriously.
Still need convincing that Michigan has cornered the market when it comes to awesome? Here's a list of places and activities you can only do in Michigan, mostly in the summer and fall, that proves it:
What about you? Share how you love the state you're in with your favorite Michigan outdoors activities in the comments below.
Jill Hinton Wolfe