More than 10,000 voters from across the state weighed in on 101 things they love about Northern Michigan. Their votes determined over 300 Red Hot Best winners and 700 honorable mentions. Here you’ll find the top 10 tracts of Northern Michigan protected land for your next hike or bike ride.

First Place: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Second Place: Grand Traverse Commons
Third Place: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

See Sleeping Bear Dunes from the air in this stunning aerial MyNorth Media video.

The remaining winners for Northern Michigan protected land in alphabetical order:



Red Hot Best winners were originally published in the June 2016 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.

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