… And Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Distance from Detroit: 410 miles north; 6.5-hour drive
Why it made our list: OK, so we lied. This one will take you slightly more than six hours, but it’s worth it. You know it, we know it, and boy, does the Pure Michigan campaign know it. Waterfalls, sandstone cliffs, hiking trails, the Grand Sable Dunes, and kayaking. PRNL pretty much has it all.
Pro tip: The must-sees: Miners Falls, Miners Castle, Beaver Basin Wilderness (to name a few).
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Jeff Waraniak is going up north this weekend to ride his mountain bike and look at sugar maples. You can find more of this work on his website www.jeffwaraniak.com.