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Top 5 Michigan State Parks

What are some of the best spots to visit? We’ve picked a couple favorites in our home state of Michigan that offer amazing views and take you away from the hustle and bustle.

As life slowly returns to “normal” after COVID-19 hit and restrictions continue to lift throughout the country, many Americans are wondering how to spend their summer vacations. Many of us aren’t ready to board a plane and deal with airport lines and congestion - no surprise! It seems that the summer of 2020 may be the summer for road trips, camping and the great outdoors!

So what are some of the best spots to visit this year? We’ve picked five favorites in our home state of Michigan that offer amazing views.

“COVID-19 has left people feeling isolated and stir crazy. Get out of the house and reconnect with nature in the great outdoors."

As one of the best places to camp in the Midwest, you can enjoy several fun activities. Go dune climbing, take a scenic drive, or have fun canoeing! The diversity of the landscape is impressive, and The National Park Service has done an excellent job of providing access to the various viewpoints while preserving the land. Please note that reservations are required.

The masterpiece of this state park’s 50,000 acres is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls. It truly is a CANNOT miss! The upper and lower falls both have paved paths for access to overlooks and benches, and there are areas where you can rent a boat to explore the lower falls further. While not required, reservations are highly recommended.

Mackinac Island is touted as Michigan’s first state park and the second state park in the country! The landscape is characterized by high limestone bluffs, historic landmarks, and beautiful vistas. Best of all? There are no cars allowed so you can walk, bike, or horseback ride to get around.

Best Pet-Friendly Campsites:

Want to bring your pets along for the ride? They are part of the family, after all. We suggest the following - be sure to research individual campgrounds that suit your needs! However, we can tell you that Mackinac Island IS pet friendly. There are actually 7 pet friendly campgrounds and RV resorts within 20 miles of Mackinac Island, MI.

This beautiful park is located on the shoreline of Lake Superior and encompasses cliffs, lakes, and more! There are over 100 miles to hike with your pets - but please be sure that you respect the public lands and pick up after your pooches. Reservations required.

Baraga State Park overlooks Keweenaw Bay on the Lake Superior shoreline. The park features plenty of fishing opportunities, a large campground, and family-friendly events throughout the summer. You’ll also find Michigan’s highest point, Mount Arvon nearby.

Don’t forget to bring your trusted Speedy Blaze starter kit wherever your next adventure takes you so you can stay dry and spend more time making memories with the people you care most about, or just enjoying what this world has to offer.

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