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Exploring Michigan

Learn about Michigan and find your next adventure in the Great Lakes State!

50 hikes in Michigan by 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"--

Discover your fun Michigan : a guide to unique places

"Whether you're a visitor or a local looking for something different, [this book] shows you the Great Lakes State with new perspective on timeless destinations and introduces you to those you never knew existed. Savor autumn colors along the Au Sable River aboard the River Queen, a full-size paddlewheel riverboat. Experience a Michigan pastime with a dune climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Discover how ski warfare helped the US secure a WWII victory in the Apennines at the Ski Hall of Fame. So if you've 'been there, done that' one too many times, forget the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path" -- Back cover

Michigan day trips by theme by Kathryn Houghton

"Your all-in-one guide to Michigan's best outings! Discover hundreds of unique attractions! This comprehensive guide is jam-packed with Michigan's top spots for entertainment and enjoyment. Find the fun, the fascinating, and the downright unusual. Take a simple day trip, or string together a longer vacation of activities that appeal to you. Useful for singles, couples, and families -- visitors and residents alike -- this guide encompasses a wide range of interests."-From back cover

Birds of Michigan field guide by Stan Tekiela

This book features 118 species of Michigan birds organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Crisp, stunning full-page photographs present the species as you’ll see them in nature, and a “compare” feature helps you to decide between look-alikes. Plus, Stan Tekiela’s naturalist notes feature fascinating tidbits and facts. This new edition includes six new species, updated photographs and range maps, expanded information, and even more of Stan’s expert insights. So grab Birds of Michigan Field Guide for your next birding adventure―to help ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see

A guide to 199 Michigan waterfalls by Laurie Penrose

Under the radar Michigan : the first 50 by Tom Daldin

Under the Radar Michigan : the next 50 by 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

Fish of Michigan : field guide by Dave Bosanko

"This new edition includes updated information about everything from range to state records, as well as the inclusion of six new species. A new section on fishing tips offers pointers to help you catch more fish, and more information on invasive species can help prevent their spread."--from Publisher

Moon Michigan : lakeside getaways, scenic drives, outdoor recreation

Michigan boasts many treasures iwth peaceful lakeside towns, classic resorts, forest, mountains, and waterfalls. This book tells you what you need to know to plan the perfect trip for you, including top beaches, hikes, and golf resorts ; where to spot wildlife, including elk, moose, and birds; scenic getaways to Mackinac Island and wine country; tips on the best places to view autumn colors; itineraries recommending how to spend your time everywheree from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula. --

Moon Michigan's Upper Peninsula : scenic drives, waterfalls, lakeside getaways by Paul Vachon

Make the most of the natural beauty and adventurous spirit of the "U.P.," from vast aquamarine waters to charming upland townships, with Moon Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Waterfalls of Michigan : a guide to more than 130 waterfalls in the Great Lakes state by Greg Kretovic

Organized geographically and ranked by beauty, Waterfalls of Michigan makes it simple to find the best waterfalls, as well as the ones nearest you. This informative guidebook by Greg Kretovic features all the information you need, including directions, distance, hike difficulty, and more. Professional photographs of every waterfall are paired with important details, including height, photography tips, and the best time of year to visit. A curated look at the locales, including not-to-miss sights and activities on-site, as well as things to do in the surrounding area, make this your essential guide to seeing the best waterfalls of the Great Lake State!

Brewed in Michigan : the new golden age of brewing in the great beer state by William Rapai

This book is not a beer-tasting guide. Instead, Rapai aims to highlight the unique forces behind and exceptional attributes of the leading craft breweries in Michigan. Through a series of interviews with brewmasters over an eighteenth-month sojourn to microbreweries around the state, the author argues that Michigan craft beer is brewed by individuals with a passion for excellence who refuse to be process drones. It is brewed by people who have created a culture that values quality over quantity and measures tradition and innovation in equal parts. Similarly, the taprooms associated with these craft breweries have become a conduit for conversation-places for people to gather and discuss current events, raise money for charities, and search for ways to improve their communities. They're places where strangers become friends, friends fall in love, and lovers get married. These brewpubs and taprooms are an example in resourcefulness-renovating old churches and abandoned auto dealerships in Michigan's biggest cities, tiny suburbs, working-class neighborhoods, and farm towns. Beer, as it turns out, can be the lifeblood of a community

The Lake Michigan cottage cookbook : Door County cherry pie, Sheboygan bratwurst, Traverse City trout, and 115 more regional favorites by Amelia Levin

"Savor the flavors of Lake Michigan anytime, anywhere with this love letter to America's Third Coast. Classic recipes such as Bavarian Dark Rye Bread, Panfried Perch, and Beer-Battered Cheese Curds with Homemade Ranch Dip capture the best of the lakeshore lifestyle while serving up iconic tastes from around Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. Profiles highlighting local markets, restaurants, bakeries, and farms bring to life the best of Lake Michigan, from traditional treasures to newfound delights." -- Back cover

Michigan legends : folktales and lore from the Great Lakes state by Sheryl James

Michigan rocks & minerals : a field guide to the Great Lake State by Dan R Lynch

Michigan yesterday & today by Robert W Domm

Weird Michigan : your travel guide to Michigan's local legends and best kept secrets by Linda S Godfrey

Explores ghosts and haunted places, local legends, cursed roads, crazy characters, and unusual roadside attractions found in Michigan

Spooky michigan : tales of hauntings, strange happenings, and other local lore by S Schlosser

Discover your fun Michigan : a guide to unique places by Jim DuFresne

Explore Michigan. Mackinac by George Cantor

Falcon Guides Best hikes near Detroit and Ann Arbor by Matt Forster

Make Adventure Your Story. DREAM IT. Best Hikes Detroit and Ann Arbor author Matt Forster details the absolute best hikes in the greater Detroit area, Each featured trail is perfect for the urban dweller and suburbanite hard-pressed to find outdoor activities close to home. PLAN IT. Best Hikes Detroit and Ann Arbor provides the latest information to plan a customized trip: 41 of the area's best hikes, suited to every ability ; Green tips to minimize impact on the trails and sidebars showcasing the area's history, geology, flora, and fauna ; Mile-by-mile directional cues and detailed directions to the trailheads. DO IT. This guide leads you through forests, over streams, and along lakeshores to the best outdoor adventures in the area: Explore the wetlands of the Sio Woods Preserve. Witness the wildlife in the Dauner Martin Sanctuary. Enjoy views of Prince Lake. MEET YOUR LOCAL EXPERT. A native of Michigan, Matt Forster has traveled all over the Midwest, New England, and the Rocky Mountains writing and exploring. He is also the author of "Colorado: An Explorer's Guide" and "Backroads & Byways of Michigan"

A history lover's guide to Detroit by Karin Risko

Secret Upper Peninsula: a guide to the weird, wonderful, and obscure. by Kath Usitalo

You may know that the Michigan's Upper Peninsula 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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