The beauty of the Northern Michigan outdoors is known far and wide—so much so that we’re allowed to claim three National Parks as our own! For the Michigan native and the lover of a good ol’ outdoor vacation, this year is a special one as our Northern Michigan National Parks celebrate 100 years.

This year also marks the centennial of the US Coast Guard. In celebration of the coinciding centennials, the Traverse City Coast Guard flew the MyNorth Media video crew over the Sleeping Bear Dunes via helicopter to share these stunning views with you.

Do your soul some good and celebrate where it counts: in the woods and on the waters of these cherished realms. Below, three writers share thoughts about their ties to Pictured Rocks, Isle Royale, and Sleeping Bear Dunes. (Travel tips too!)

Walk the Sandy Dunes of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


Hike Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to Au Sable Lighthouse

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Explore the Remote Wilderness of Isle Royale National Park

TVM July 2016

This article was originally published in the July 2016 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
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Photo(s) by Aaron Peterson