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"Fat Bikes" Make Cycling a Four-Season Sport in Traverse City

Fat Bikes or snow bikes specially-adapted mountain bikes with large tires capable of cycling on snow and sand -- have turned cycling into a four-season sport in the Traverse City area.

A Must See Mackinac Island Museum

See this exciting history of Mackinac Island and its early inhabitants depicted in paintings, sculpture, Native American artifacts, captivating hands-on displays and various other artistic expressions.

All Things Hook-and-Line

Want to learn the tips, tricks and techniques of fly fishing? Then grab your rod, reel, fly line and leader. Stop by the local outfitter and pick up a few artificial flies or fashion your own. Now, youre ready to check out the DNRs new online resource for all things fly fishing.

America's Thanksgiving Parade

Marching bands, costumed characters, celebrities, floats, singing and dancing kick-off the holiday season with the 2014 America’s Thanksgiving Parade as it makes its way down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. See more than 2,000 clowns, 150 papier-mâché heads, and a battery of floats, bands, equestrian groups and balloons as they travel the two-mile parade route.

An Outdoor Adventure on Mackinac Island

Bike, hike, kayak, sail, golf or fishno matter what your favorite outdoor recreational activity happens to be, youre sure to find many ways to enjoy it this summer on Mackinac Island.

Ann Arbor in Full Flavor

There's really nothing better than the flavor of a freshly picked-from-the-vine Michigan tomato, or enjoying a few fresh berries while you fill your U-Pick bucket. Restaurants in the Ann Arbor area are capitalizing on the season and rolling out new signature dishes featuring flavorful, local produce.

Artistry Tidbits, Treasures and Master Pieces

Exquisite glass works, mosaics, one-of-a-kind handcrafted designs, sculptures, and pottery--gallery tours are a great way to while away a Pure Michigan afternoon in winteror any time of the year.

ArtPrize Makes Your Opinion Count - 2014

ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition that lets you add your voice to a fascinating conversation about the nature of art and why it matters.

Auto Racing

The roar of stock cars, trucks, open wheels, modifieds, and drags fills the air on summer weekend afternoons and evenings as racing fans enjoy short track action at  speedways across Michigan.

Barefoot Getaways

Aah, the beach Michigan has some of the best anywhere! Come along to Great Lakes towns where you can walk from main streets to irresistible stretches of sand. Build sand castles, splash in the surf, skip stones, or read a novel beneath a rippling umbrella.

Batters Up!

Gear up for opening day with all its gala fanfare as the Detroit Tigers pitch another season of America’s favorite pastime. Or, get ready for more top-notch family fun as four Michigan communities heat up the season's minor league baseball craze. Grab the kids and load up on those peanuts, caramel corn and hot dogs--its game time!

Beacon Watch

For years, Michigans toweling beacons of safety have warned mariners of dangerous shoals and navigated them to safe harbors throughout the Great Lakes. Up and down the shoreline, Michigans iconic lighthouses continue to illuminate the states rich maritime history.

Benzie County Spring Fling

See spectacular scenery, wildflowers in bloom and panoramic shoreline vistas. Hear the wind and the waves thrashing against the lakeshore and revel the echo of returning birds. Taste great Northern Michigan wines, beer and local culinary favorites. Bike or hike through the state forest trails or hunt for wild mushrooms. Play a round of golf and a championship course or attend a festival. The season is changing feel the essence of spring in Benzie County.

Big Changes at Shanty Creek Resorts

Looking for the ideal winter getaway with award-winning terrain, the perfect mix of gentle runs and challenging slopes --and an affordable family-friendly ski experience?   Then you have to visit the new and improved Shanty Creek Resorts with its many upgrades and expansions. With 51 downhill slopes, five terrain parks, 30km of cross country trails, and a multi-lane alpine tubing park, the 4,500-acre destination offers a wealth of winter experiences for the entire family. 

Big Changes this Winter at Traverse City Ski Resorts

Expect to see some big improvements at Traverse City’s three main ski areas–Shanty Creek Resorts, Hickory Hills and the Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area–this winter!

Big Lake, Big Fish

Troll the Great Lakes with an experienced captain when you book a charter boat excursion. Whatever your pleasure, enjoy the best sport fishing in the Midwest here in Michigan.

Bingo We've Got Your Game!

Looking for a chance to hit the big one and enjoy some top notch entertainment at the same time? Weve got the game and the perfect venue at a Pure Michigan casino near you.

Birding Hotspots, Trails and Sanctuaries

Celebrate spring and explore Michigan’s many bird-watching prospects. Nothing says spring like the “conk-a-ree” call of a red-winged blackbird or the raucous sounds of a sandhill crane. Spring means bird migration, and that makes for prime birding opportunities in Michigan’s woods, wetlands and waters.

Birding in Traverse City

Every spring, Traverse City witnesses the return of its snowbirds the hundreds of part-time residents who spend their winters farther south. But they're not the only birds who start arriving with the spring thaws.

Book Finds Among Other Things

If youre not a fan of the great outdoors in winter, then youll probably be in the mood for a good read and in Michigan you'll find that a visit to many of our bookstores is an adventure within itself.

Cabin Fever Remedies

Now that spring is just around the corner, we have a line-up of ways to get out and about to see, explore and just have fun. So, forget clipping coupons and signing up for daily specials. We found a number of bargains-- and almost all are freeto take advantage of right now!

Calling All Trailblazers

Are you in the mood for speed, exhilaration and excitement? Go ahead, rev up those engines and head for Michigans snowmobile trails. With nearly six million acres of state and federal lands and hundreds of miles of private trails, Michigan offers snowmobilers plenty of options to enjoy the great outdoors this winter.


The crackle of a campfire, toasted marshmallows, a chorus of chirping crickets, and millions of stars overhead: nothing compares to the pleasures of spending a night in the great outdoors. The natural beauty of the woods and water, abundant recreational activities, and camaraderie of other campers create a Pure Michigan experience.

Camping Advice for the Perfect Michigan Outdoor Getaway

Looking for the perfect spot to pitch your tent and catch up on some much needed family bonding? In Michigan, you’re never far from a campground or lakeshore. In fact, Michigan has 1,100 private campgrounds and more than 100 state campgrounds and recreation areas. Many located along own inland waterfronts while others are mere miles from a stunning Great Lakes shore.

Canvasback Skies

Michigan is the Mecca of mid-west waterfowling. The dabblers are found on just about any puddle, but its the state's vast big water resources that really shine.

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