Some of our favorite spots from our travels in the Midwest and beyond

Hiking the Mackinac Bridge

Being lifelong residents of Michigan, we love the Great Lakes Region. Here we are blessed with deep green forests, gentle rivers, and beautiful freshwater beaches. In our travels, we have visited our local national parks, state forests, state parks and recreation areas, and countless local parks and natural areas.  We are avid hikers on our regional national scenic trail. We do get out on extended trips beyond the Midwest also, and love a good adventure.

This is an ongoing informational list of some of our favorite places we have visited, to give you some inspiration for your own journeys! It is not all-inclusive yet, since there are many places to add from our trips. For trip reports, visit the blog page. There is much to enjoy in this beautiful world, and each place is a little different.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

NPS site including North and South Manitou Island, and Port Oneida. We have camped and hiked many areas in the park over the last 20+ years, including full two weeks in a hammock trips. Read about two of the trips here and here.


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

National Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior. To date, we have done hiking, day trips, waterfall viewing, and the famous sunset boat tour. 


Isle Royale National Park

National Park remote island in Lake Superior. We have visited for a full two weeks in a hammock trip.


Pere Marquette River

Kayak and canoe friendly river through the Huron-Manistee National Forest. We have done this river on a 5 day kayak camping trip.


Au Sable River

Kayak and canoe friendly river for multiday camping trips. We have done this river for 3 and 5 day trips.


Ott Biological Preserve

Nature preserve in Calhoun County with lakes and hiking trails. This is our local go-to daily hiking spot.


North Country Trail

Multi-state National Scenic Trail from Vermont to North Dakota. Our hiking has been primarily in Michigan, with some in Ohio. We love to complete the 100 mile challenge each year!