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The Six Best States To Visit In The Fall

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact THE SIX BEST STATES TO VISIT IN THE FALL   I’m currently in South Carolina. It was 86 today and I attempted to wear a fuzzy sweater. I’ve unapologetically ordered a PSL from Starbucks. It still wasn’t worth $5, but…

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Six Hidden Michigan Secrets

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact SIX HIDDEN MICHIGAN SECRETS     Michigan is consistently and vastly underrated, but we like it that way. There are rarely crowds which ruin beauty, and there are still dozens of unexplored and relatively unknown places hidden throughout the Upper…

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Stories Behind My Ten Favorite Travel Photos

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact STORIES BEHIND MY TEN FAVORITE TRAVEL PHOTOS Pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they’re worth much more. Travel or not, we each have photos we cherish that capture a particular moment of happiness. Or perhaps a not-so-happy moment…

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Why Traverse City is America’s Best Winter Town

The United States is filled with quaint mountain towns fighting for the prestigious title of “Best Winter Destination.” Sorry Aspen, Boulder, and Park City, you’ve been beaten by a town you’ve probably never heard of. Welcome to Traverse City, Michigan. Far away from any mountain base, this small town of 15,000 sits on a bay…

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Six Things to do in Michigan Before Fall Ends

Plan a fall camping trip A little colder than normal? Yeah. Worth it to wake up under a canopy of brilliant yellow and reds? Also yes. I love waking up on a crisp morning and digging out of the tent only to hear nothing but a crisp crunch under my step. There’s something so simple…

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Northern Michigan and Magical Petoskey

As a child going “Up North” was *almost* as good as Christmas. I’d cry every time we came home (way after I was too old to be crying to come home). I still believe there is magic along shores. I have never met a person who was disappointed with Northern Michigan. Except I did hear…

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One Year of Travel: A Photographic Journey

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact ONE YEAR OF TRAVEL: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY It’s officially been a year since I declined a full-time job after graduation to embark on a life-altering adventure. I could write a book (actually, I am writing a book…eek!) about everything that…

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Five Must-Camp Places in Michigan This Summer

Summer months in The Mitten are considered sacred. We patiently wait from November to April for the weather to break, the lakes to become swimmable, and the camping nights comfortable. Each year we each make a list of places to visit, but somehow at the end of each August we realize those weekends we waited so long…

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A Lake Michigan Sunset

A sunset in Greece over the Aegean Sea was beautiful. A sunset in the mountains of Norway was stunning. A beach sunset in Hawaii was breathtaking. Yet a Lake Michigan sunset remains the most magical of them all. People who finds themselves lost, hurt, or broken; often travel to the shores of Lake Michigan for healing. They…

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MILLION VIEW GIVEAWAY: A Traverse City Adventure

Want to win a trip to Traverse City? Here’s your chance! As many of you know, I am in love with northern Michigan. It’s the place that inspired me to start a blog and begin this crazy journey. A little over two years later, I’ve just celebrated my MILLIONTH view. MILLIONTH. 999,000 more than what…

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An Alternative Graduation: Hot Air Ballooning

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact AN ALTERNATIVE GRADUATION: HOT AIR BALLOONING   I’m a college graduate, guys. I’M A COLLEGE GRADUATE. Whew. What a weekend. Last week my pending graduation was finally beginning to hit me. My Facebook feed was filled with classmates taking pictures…

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8 Tips for Tight Budget Travel

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact 8 TIPS FOR TIGHT BUDGET TRAVEL   Some of us are visual learners (myself included). This week I decided to take a different approach to share some of my tips while traveling on a budget. What is the twist? AN…

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8 Small Town Michigan Overnight Getaways

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact 8 SMALL TOWN MICHIGAN OVERNIGHT GETAWAYS Mesick   It’s in the middle of nowhere, it’s near the highest point in the Lower Peninsula, and it’s the mushroom capital of the world. If you love hunting for those Morel mushrooms come…

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6 Michigan Lighthouses too Pretty for Words

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact SIX MICHIGAN LIGHTHOUSES TOO PRETTY FOR WORDS   When I’m old, frail, and slightly senile, I want to be a lighthouse keeper. I want to have a cat named Indiana Jones, a beautiful view of a lake, and most importantly…

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5 Adventures in Every Midwest State

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact 5 ADVENTURES IN EVERY MIDWEST STATE   12 states officially claim the Midwest as home. Although we may not have towering mountains or vast oceans, we are spoiled with lush forests, freshwater and unpopulated blissful hikes. So set the remotes…

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5 Weekend Adventures Outside Michigan

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact 5 WEEKEND ADVENTURES OUTSIDE MICHIGAN   Michigan is great, but sometimes it’s needed to get out and go exploring beyond the boundaries. We all know how busy life can be, and the thought of a reality-escaping adventure can seem far…

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A Date in Muskegon: Luging!

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact A DATE IN MUSKEGON: LUGING!     You’ll be seeing me in the next Olympics. (not really…) Buttttttt….my boyfriend Josh and I recently got to experience what it’s like to luge! You know, that sport they race down an icy track…

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8 Epic Winter Activities in Michigan

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact 8 EPIC WINTER ACTIVITES IN MICHIGAN   If I’ve learned anything when blogging about Michigan, it’s that people LOVE lists. I’m totally okay with that because I love them too! We’re all at the point where winter is starting to…

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Budget Weekend Getaway: Michigan’s Thumb

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact BUDGET WEEKEND GETAWAY: MICHIGAN’S THUMB   I’ve lived in Michigan my entire life. How many times do you think I’ve been to Michigan’s thumb before September? If you guessed none you’re correct and I’m ashamed. I’m not sure why I…

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The Michigan Bucket List

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact THE MICHIGAN BUCKET LIST   Michigan rocks. And I’m just going to get straight to the point here with my epic Michigan Bucket List. These are the top 45 must do’s in the Mitten before you die.  1. Hike the…

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Best of the Midwest: Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact BEST OF THE MIDWEST: PUT-IN-BAY, OHIO Someone once told me Ohio was boring…and now I kind of want to punch them in the face. In all my travels, you’d think I would have made it to Ohio by now. I…

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Michigan: 7 Affordable Summer Adventures

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact MICHIGAN: 7 AFFORDABLE SUMMER ADVENTURES Dwindling snow and warm temperatures mean one thing here in the Midwest: SUMMER.     The trees are beginning to blossom, I can take a walk without the possibility of frostbite and I woke up…

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Ice Caves- A Polar Vortex Road Trip

Home About Destinations North America International Michigan Get Outside Adventure Hiking Camping Media/PR Gallery Contact ICE CAVES: A POLAR VORTEX ROAD TRIP   While a majority of people in the northern United States are hunkered down in their cozy homes to escape the chilling winter, I decided to take a different approach. With over 90%…

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