Explore the Mitten


Cars, bridges, lakes, cereal, lighthouses…just a fraction of the many wonderful sights and experiences in the Wolverine State. Grab a guide book or two and take your own adventure!


Michigan Lakeside Getaways, Scenic Drives, Outdoor Recreation

Paul Vachon

Moon Michigan reveals the best of the Great Lakes State's charming small towns, vibrant cities, and vast, untouched wilderness. Inside you'll find: Strategic, flexible itineraries for beach-goers, hikers, foodies, road-trippers, and more Unique experiences and can't-miss sights: Get your fill of vintage vehicles at Detroit's industrial museums, from the GM Showroom to the historic Ford House, or immerse yourself in the sounds of the Motown Museum. Watch hundreds of technicolor butterflies in the Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House, nibble on rich fudge, and unwind on a romantic carriage ride around the island. Browse the art galleries of Ann Arbor after a leisurely stroll through one of the city's breathtaking gardens, sip Chardonnay on a scenic tour of wine country, or explore Michigan's booming craft beer scene along an ale trail The best outdoor activities: Embark on Michigan's best hikes, from family-friendly day treks to rugged dune-scaling adventures. Hit the links at the top golf resorts, cruise along the Pictured Rocks, or relax on a serene, sunny beach. Spend a day fishing and boating or watching moose, elk, and black bears in their natural habitats. Swim in pristine lakes and set up camp under a crystal-clear summer sky or snowmobile and cross-country ski through freshly fallen winter snow Expert advice from Detroit local Paul Vachon on when to go, how to get around, and where to stay, from campsites and motels to golf resorts and lakeside lodges Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout Thorough information on the landscape, climate, wildlife, and history With Moon's local insight and practical tips, you can experience Michigan your way. Exploring more of the Midwest? Try Moon Minneapolis & St. Paul or Moon Wisconsin.

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Camp Michigan’s Unofficial State Park Handbook

Mike Sonnenberg

Michigan State Parks are some of the best campgrounds in the country. With parks Located along the shores of the Great Lakes or near some of the Mitten State's crystal clear inland lakes, the campgrounds are a popular destination. If you are trying to decide which state parks in northern Michigan you want to camp at, this is the book for you. From the Mackinac Bridge to central Michigan, Camp Michigan's State Park Handbook reviews 28 state parks. It contains descriptions of the campground, bathroom buildings, and beaches. It also has photos of each park including the bathroom buildings and beaches along with maps of the campgrounds. The book describes the surrounding area of the state park including nearby stores and things to do. If you camp in a tent, travel trailer or motorhome this is a must have book and, will help you find the perfect state park to camp at for a night or a week. The book contains reviews of the following state parks: Cheboygan, Wilderness, Aloha, Burt Lake, Onaway, Hoeft, Petoskey, Young, Fishermans Island, Otsego, Clear Lake, Leelenau, Keith Charters, Interlochen, Hartwick Pines, North Higgins, South Higgins, Mitchell, Wilson, Orchard Beach, Ludington, Mears, Harrisville, Tawas Point, Rifle River, Bay City, Sleeper, Port Crescent

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Secret Upper Peninsula: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Kath Usitalo

How did a sparsely populated landmass surrounded by Great Lakes and completely separated from the rest of the state become the Upper Peninsula of Michigan? At the end of each winter what do Yoopers—those hardy souls who call the UP home—measure with a 30-foot tall “thermometer?” And should you put ketchup or gravy on a pasty? You’ll find the answers to these questions and many more in Secret Upper Peninsula: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. You may know that the UP inspired Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha,” but what about works by Ernest Hemingway and Da Yoopers? Find out where a popular Chicago cartoonist summered in a cottage shaped like a giant pickle barrel, and where a ghost town comes alive once a year for a gathering of the descendants of copper mining families. Discover why believers say the mysterious Paulding Light is the lantern of a railroad man who perished on the tracks, or where to find the world’s longest porch and one of the least-visited National Parks. Local author Kath Usitalo takes you deep into the densely forested peninsula that might seem like one big, isolated secret to an outsider. Delve into this insider’s guide to learn about the fascinating quirks and curiosities of the land of Gitche Gumee.

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Backroads & Byways of Michigan: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions

Matt Forster

Whether it’s the Chicago and Territorial Roads, home of a historic and scenic railroad, or the Lower Peninsula’s Chain of Lakes area, Backroads & Byways of Michigan is the shortest route a visitor can take to explore like a local. Whether it’s the Chicago and Territorial Roads, home of a historic and scenic railroad, or the Lower Peninsula’s Chain of Lakes area, Backroads & Byways of Michigan is the shortest route a visitor can take to explore like a local. Now with color maps and photographs, this second edition offers itineraries to scenic and intriguing places, like Michigan’s Wine Country—where you can sample local wines, chocolate truffles, and orchard fruits—and Western Michigan, once a mining area, now a winter-recreation wonderland and home of many spectacular waterfalls.

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Under the Radar Michigan

Tom Daldin, Eric Tremonti

The host and producers of Under the Radar Michigan, a PBS television series, provide the travel destinations of their first 50 episodes. If you're looking for great Michigan places to explore, vacation, eat, live, start a business or just relax, this book is for you. Chapter by chapter, we take you along on our first fifty episodes and discover great Michigan cities, interesting people, incredible restaurants, romantic spaces and great places to vacation with the whole family.

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Waterfalls of Michigan

Greg Kretovic

Find Your Way to Michigan’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls Waterfalls create a feeling of serenity, a sense of restrained power. Their grandeur takes our breath away. Their gentle sounds complement periods of meditation. Let professional photographer and Michigan native Greg Kretovic guide you to the top-ranked waterfalls in the state. Your bucket list should include these gorgeous locales that decorate Michigan’s landscape. The waterfalls are organized geographically and ranked by beauty. Entries include all the information you need, like directions, distance, and hike difficulty, as well as details about each waterfall, such as height, width, and the best time of year to visit. Not-to-miss sights and nearby activities are also called out, so you can make the most of every outing. Plus, Greg’s incomparable photography makes this guidebook worthy of any coffee table. From the Porcupine Mountains area and its many impressive waterfalls to the most famous falls in the state—Tahquamenon Falls—experience them all with this wonderful guidebook. These natural wonders prove that the Great Lake State is home to some of the most picturesque sites in America!

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Historic Michigan Travel Guide

Larry J. Wagenaar, Nancy Feldbush

This guide provides opportunities for cultural tourism throughout the beautiful state of Michigan. With over 500 historical museums, sites, and attractions, the reader is exposed to Michigan's rich and diverse cultural history - which is much more than the automobile. The book also lists historic inns and provides lodging choices beyond the modern hotel or motel.

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50 Hikes in Michigan

Jim DuFresne

Explore the hills, ridges, sand dunes, and breathtaking views of the Great Lake State, one trail at a time Michigan’s Lower Peninsula offers extremely diverse terrain, from beaches that are home to shipwrecks and lighthouses, streams populated with trout, and wildflower and orchid fields to spaces with unusual geological formations, sand dunes, and steep climbs, and beech forests perfect for birding. Each chapter begins with an overview of each hike—the type of hike, total distance, time, difficulty, highlights, maps, and trailhead GPS coordinates. Readers will learn the best way to access the trail, tips and suggestions, and key features to look out for along the way (scenic views, drinking water, rest stops, waterfalls, and old growth trees). Whether readers are setting out in the Sleeping Bear region to observe shipwrecks, open dunes, and beach walking on the South Manitou Island trail, 50 Hikes in Michigan (with 10 bonus hikes!) is the perfect companion.

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Oddball Michigan

Jerome Pohlen

There’s more to Michigan than beautiful forests, shuttered factories, and miles and miles of stunning shoreline. Armed with this offbeat travel guide, you’ll soon discover the strange underbelly of the Great Lakes State. Michigan has monuments to fluoridation, snurfing, the designer of the Jefferson nickel, and the once-famous Mr. Chicken, as well as festivals honoring tulips, Christmas pickles, and a 38-acre fungus. It’s where you’ll find the World’s Largest Lugnut, the Nun Doll Museum, Joe’s Gizzard City, the Teenie-Weenie Pickle Barrel Cottage, Howdy Doody, and Thomas Edison’s last breath. The state also has its share of weird history—it’s where Harry Houdini perished on Halloween night in 1926, where skater Tanya Harding’s posse whacked Nancy Kerrigan, and where the Kellogg brothers invented popular breakfast cereals and less-popular yogurt enemas. Along with humorous histories and witty observations, Oddball Michigan provides addresses, websites, hours, fees, and driving directions for each of its 450 entries.

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Best Tent Camping: Michigan

Matt Forster

Best in Tent Camping: Michigan is for those who want to experience the beauty of Michigan amongst quiet and solitude. Author Matt Forster carefully selected all 50 campgrounds to offer readers the most promise for a unique outdoor experience. With a five-star rating system for qualities like privacy, security, noise, beauty, and cleanliness and detailed maps leading directly to the campsites, Best in Tent Camping: Michigan is the perfect tool for a weekend getaway.

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Under the Radar Michigan: The Next 50

Tom Daldin

"Under the Radar Michigan" is an Emmy award winning PBS television series that features the cool people, places and things that make Michigan a great place to live, work and play. If you're looking for awesome Michigan places to explore, vacation, eat, live, start a business or just kick backand relax, this book is for you. In this, our second installment, chapter by chapter we take you along with us on our 'next' fifty episodes. Get ready to discover cool Michigan cities, interesting people, incredible restaurants, romantic spaces and great places to vacation with the whole family. You'll climb to the top of the Mackinac Bridge; go cliff diving in Lake Superior; savor the flavor of fantastic foods; ride the North Pole Express; meander through magnificent museums; explore great parks, trails and places to camp; fish the great lakes; meet people making a difference and have unbelievable urban adventures. You won't believe what's right in your own backyard. So, once again, join us. I guarantee you'll learn so much about Michigan, you'll never want to leave. Grab this (and our first) book, collect your car keys and make this great state your next big adventure.

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Michigan Day Trips by Theme

Mike Link

Discover unique attractions around the Great Lake State! Take a simple day trip, or string together a longer vacation of activities that catch your interest. No more information overload! Sections are divided by themes like waterfalls, lighthouses and fun days, so you can decide what to do and then figure out where to do it. No more information overload! Useful for singles, couples and families--visitors and residents alike--this guide by Mike Link encompasses a wide range of interests.

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Discovering Michigan County by County

Barbara VanderMolen

No matter where you go in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, each of the 68 counties has a story to tell through its facts, history, land and water, people, and things to do. This book's quick information categories provide easy access to the information you need as you travel and learn what is important, interesting, and unique about each county.

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Grand River Avenue

Jon Milan, Gail Offen

Grand River Avenue, or Michigan US-16 as it was ultimately designated, is one of Michigans true Blue Highwaysan original two-lane, blacktop road still serving as a direct path through roadside America. Originally a Native American trail, this ancient path has been a westbound route from the Straits of Detroit to the eastern shores of Lake Michigan for more than 1,000 years. Over time, it has served as a footpath, horse trail, wagon rut, stagecoach route, plank road, and ultimately a two-lane highway that gave some of Americas earliest motorists their first taste of long-distance automobile travel.

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Moon Michigan

Laura Martone

World traveler Laura Martone spends summers with her family on Michigan's Big Bear Lake, and she shares her favorite Michigan experiences, from indulging at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City to exploring Detroit's rhythmic roots and auto museums. Martone provides itineraries for trekking through the Upper Peninsula, touring lighthouses on the Great Lake shoreline, and splurging on a luxury B&B on the popular Mackinac Island. Moon Michigan is packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations. Complete with details on where to ice fish, sample local fudge, and go golfing in the Lower Peninsula, Moon Michigan gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

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Michigan Off the Beaten Path

Jim DuFresne

Michigan Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience--if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Michigan Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Michigan that other guidebooks just don't offer

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