Best Fall Foliage Drives in Michigan

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Best Fall Foliage Drives in Michigan

Michigan is located in the midwest of the United States. The state is known for the Great Lakes, and it’s 3,288 miles (5,292 km) of surrounding fresh water lakeshore. Some of the best fall foliage drives in Michigan are among it’s pristine shorelines. Road trip scenic routes across the state to see the best fall colors.

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As a local, my favorite thing to do in Michigan is a fall foliage road trip. The gorgeous fall scenery attracts people from all over, wanting to experience the bursts of color Michigan becomes in October. Make sure to Check the Fall Color Map before heading out on your road trip to ensure colors are at their peak.

These are the BEST fall foliage drives in Michigan!

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M2 Along Pointe Labarbe Rd

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M123 Tahquamenon Trail

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West Lakeshore Drive in Brimley

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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S Boundary Road in Porcupine Mountains State Park

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M-28 Watton to Wakefield

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Forest Highway 13

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10 Gifts Every Traveler Needs

It’s that time of year again! I keep getting the “what do you want for the holidays?” question from my family and Logan. Which inspired me to put together some Gift Lists for Travelers! If you’re at a loss for what to get the traveler in your life- look no further!

Here are 10 Gifts Every Traveler Needs!

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Away Carry On

Meet the perfect carry-on! Seriously. the Away carry on suitcase is unbreakable, designed for travels, and guaranteed for life! I’ve had several bags over the years, wasteful! I adore everything about my Away carry-on, from it’s amazing storage compartments to the ejectable TSA-approved (safe to fly) battery; this Away carry-on is a gift any type of traveler would LOVE. Click HERE to get $20 off any suitcase or bag!

Away Everywhere Bag

The best addition for any carry-on? The Away everywhere bag with laptop pouch. Its thoughtful design impressed me with features that keep what you need at hand. The bag attaches efficiently onto the Away suitcase, making airport travels effortless. I ordered mine originally to use as a “travel-laptop-under my seat bag”. I used it on one trip and it instantly became my everywhere bag. Click HERE to get $20 off any suitcase or bag!

Away Dopp Kit

This little gem is designed to keep your toiletries organized and contained to eliminate spills.

Packing Cubes

Perhaps the most genius travel invention ever. These will change the way you travel forever. The cubes keep your clothes separated, keep your bag organized, and make packing things up fast and efficient.

DJI Mavic Air

Give the ultraportable Mavic Air drone to open doors to a new world. Exploring the world from a limitless aerial view perspective has never been easier. The drone is installed with a 3-axis gimbal & 4k camera with up to 21 minute flight time.

GoPro Hero 8

Never miss an action shot again. This small compact adventure camera is great for any traveler, and takes up minimal packing space.

Travel Voucher

A gift card or travel voucher to any major airline or hotel chain is always a great gift for any traveler. Flights and accommodations are the largest expenses when traveling. A travel voucher of any sort will be appreciated by a lover of travel. Plus, it gives us an excuse to do what we love, and to plan another trip!

Solar Powered Charger

There is nothing worse than a dead electronic when you need it the most. A phone, a camera, navigation, music- whatever it may be, keep it going no matter where you’re at with a solar powered charging unit!

Travel Shoes

Finding the perfect pair of shoes to travel in can sometimes be a challenge. Especially when you are flying from one extreme climate to the next (tropical to snow). Prepare for any situation with All Bird’s wool shoe that’s naturally soft, cozy all over, and fits your every move.

Waterproof DSLR Camera Case

Part of traveling is experiencing the unexpected- prepare any traveler for any experience with this waterproof camera case. Protect expensive gear to save money in the long run.

What’s on your holiday list? Leave a comment!

For more Gift Ideas- check out my post on 13 Unique Eco Friendly Gifts For Travelers!

13 Eco Friendly Gifts for Travelers

Detroit Art Display

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Detroit Art Display
Featuring: Prismatica
Location: Beacon Park

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Detroit’s Beacon Park is hosting an interactive art installation, Prismatica! The event is FREE and open to the public through this weekend, ending tomorrow 11/19! Grab your camera and go!

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The display is made up of rotating prisms and dazzling light spectacles. Logan and I spent our Saturday night walking through the park,  gazing through every color of the spectrum.

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It was a beautiful night, and the perfect activity for after dinner. We parked for free at the MGM Grand casino parking deck; which is just a 0.4 mile walk to the park. Hope my fellow Michiganders can make it out before the event is over, its free- and kid friendly!

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If it gets too chilly, warm up inside the shelter area (pictured above) by showing off your dance moves!

Wish Upon A Star

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Did you miss the Detroit Art display? No worries! Keep reading to discover what else Detroit has to offer in my Perfect Weekend in Detroit post!

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The adventurers guide to JASPER NATIONAL PARK

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Jasper National Park is home to some of the best hiking, skiing, and climbing in the world, making it an adventurer’s paradise. The park is one of the largest National Parks in the Canadian Rockies, offering over 4,000 mi² of vast wilderness to explore. From peaks extending over 11,000 square kilometers, to glacier rivers snaking along the base there are endless adventurous activities in Jasper.

Here’s my adventurers guide to Jasper National Park!

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Camping

The National Park campgrounds in Canada fill up FAST. With no reservations prior to arriving, we took our chances and ended up in the overflow lot of Snaring Campground. There were not any facilities- because there weren’t any designated campsites- you just pitched your tent where you could find a spot! Rustic style. Don’t know what to pack when camping in national parks? Check out my Packing Guide: Camping National Parks .

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Go White Water Rafting

White water rafting was the perfect mid afternoon adventure. Cool off in the refreshing glacier waters as you navigate your way along the Lower Athabasca River. I sat front and center, unbeknownst to me- that was the danger zone. I found out when we hit the first rapid and a wall of ice cold water came up over my head. We went through Jasper Rafting Adventures for our tour, and had a great first time rafting experience. The two hour trip seemed a bit short for us- I would recommend doing the longer river run if you have the time.

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Hike the Sulphur Skyline

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If you only do one hike while you’re in Jasper- this should be it. The Sulphur Skyline hiking trail has some of the most spectacular panoramas that Jasper has to offer. The hike is moderate with a consistent incline, dress appropriately (hiking shoes recommended), take lots of water, and break along the trail. The 8.0 km to the summit will take around 1.5-3 hours to reach (one way). It was hot and rainy at the trail head, and cold and windy by the time we reached the summit- pack a jacket and a lunch! Have a picnic at the summit and enjoy those pano views!

Go Rock Climbing

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I’m not going to lie- this one pushed me out of my comfort zone. See the little pink blob at the bottom? That’s me, and this rock was nothing like the rock wall I practiced on at home. The rock climbing scene at Jasper is legendary. People flock from all over the world to climb the incredible Canadian rockies. We went through Rockaboo Mountain Adventure for our tour, and had an incredible experience! We did the 4 hour tour which began at the office in Jasper. Our certified ACMG guide was so knowledgeable and friendly- which helped with the nerves. All the climbing gear you need for the adventure is provided- including shoes.

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Spot a Bear

The wildlife in Jasper National Park is abundant. We saw mountain goats, several black bears, and elk. Much to Grace’s dismay, we saw no moose. The park is home to both black and grizzly bears- carry bear spray if you plan on hiking. You never want to surprise a bear, make noise to alert them while you’re on the trail. We didn’t see any bears while hiking, but as we drove around the park we were able to view a few from inside our car at a safe distance. DO NOT approach the bears, and please be mindful of your speed while driving through the park, as many animals are killed each year due to vehicles.

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Hang Out In a Tree

Find the perfect spot to relax for the day, or stack your hammocks with your travel crew to see how high you can build! Looking for a great summer hammock? Check out Madera, for every hammock you purchase, two trees will be planted!

Know Before You Go

Help preserve the beauty of this park and practice the leave no trace principles.

  • Showers are only available at the Whistlers Campground, but if you camp at Wapiti Campground they allow you to use the showers at Whistlers.
  • It is a 3-3.5 hour drive from Edmonton or Calgary. I would recommend flying into one city and out of the other to save on drive time.
  • There is a cute downtown area inside the park with shops, restaurants, and a grocery store.
  • Check out my guide on what to pack for your national park camping trip!

 

Love National Parks? Check out my post on Joshua Tree National Park for more!

Joshua Tree National Park

10 Perfect Spring Travel Destinations

The month of May has been absolutely insane for me. For starters, it’s my 30th birthday month (HUGE, I know).  For whatever reason, turning 30 always scared the hell out of me. I even came up with a 30 Before 30 List of things I wanted to accomplish before the big day (I did pretty awesome).

I spent a good portion of the last 6 weeks (End of April- May) living out of either a suitcase or a backpack. Sleeping in tents, hotels, airports, and cabins. Traveling back and forth across the country….twice. First time by plane, second time was by plane AND moving truck. I explored my first European country. Then before I beat the jet lag, I took another road trip over Memorial Day weekend. This time across my home state of Michigan. So this all translates to: I’ve had absolutely no time to write about each of the adventures individually (which I intend on doing).

Meanwhile- I came to the realization that the last 6 weeks was one giant adventure, made up of back to back mini adventures! Here’s a recap, with a super awesome picture from 10 places I visited this spring.

Los Angeles, CA

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I started out in LA for work the last week of April- and it’s been a giant blur since.

 

Chicago, IL

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I was home for 48 hours after I got home from LA, in which time I attended a baby shower, and a birthday party. Then it was off to Chicago, where I stayed for less than 24 hours to start the next mini adventure.

 

Badlands National Park, SD

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We left Chicago EARLY, and started the long drive across the country to Seattle. We drove through four states before we made it to our first stop.

We were in South Dakota after 12 hours (not including stops). Arriving at night- we set up camp and spent the night at a campground inside the park. Check out my full post on Badlands National Park for more details!

 

Mount Rushmore National Monument, SD

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The drive from Badlands to Mount Rushmore was only about an hour or so. The stop helped break up the long drive we still had ahead of us- and it was pretty cool to see the National Monument I never in a million years anticipated I’d see.

 

Grand Teton National Park, WY

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We drove another 8 hours into the state of Wyoming. I really struggled choosing just one picture for these next two stops. Grand Teton National Park was incredible. We spent a day exploring the park and fell in love with the snow-covered peaks. We crashed at a hostel inside the park (no campgrounds were open this early in the season).

 

Yellowstone National Park, WY

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We camped for the next two nights in the colorful world of Yellowstone. Only the west half of the park was open during our time there. Thankfully the Grand Prismatic spring was accessible (I had pre-warned Grace I might lose my shit if I missed it).

 

Seattle, WA

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The last 12 hours of our trip from Yellowstone to Seattle took us through 3 more states (Montana, Idaho, Washington). When we finally arrived in Seattle, I had 24 hours there before my flight home. Check out my post on The Perfect Weekend in Seattle for more details on this amazing city.

 

Detroit, MI

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After being on the road for a week, I was looking forward to coming home for a few days. I was going to be home for FIVE WHOLE DAYS before we left on the next trip. Check out my post on The Perfect Weekend in Detroit for a local’s guide on my favorite city.

The entire week, Logan and I planned on leaving for Iceland Saturday night (the day before Mother’s Day). We made plans with our families, put off laundry and packing (we had all day Saturday after all) and figured we’d get through the work week and worry about everything Iceland on Saturday.

Friday night I double checked our tickets and realized, our flight actually departs at 12:30 THAT NIGHT! We now had 4 hours to drop off the dogs/do laundry/clean the apartment/pack our bags/get to the airport…

 

Reykjavik, Iceland

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I planned my Iceland trip almost 5 years ago. It was always the #1 spot on my list of places I wanted to go- I just never seemed to make it there. Well after 5 years of waiting… I finally made it! My favorite travel crew and I set off on a week long road trip around the country that ended with my 30th birthday hike to the bluest waterfall I’d ever seen.

 

“Up North”, MI

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We got home from Iceland exhausted and jet lagged. At this point the constant traveling was beginning to catch up with me. I’d been in so many different time zones the last couple weeks, I had no idea what day it was, what time zone I was in, or if I should be awake or sleeping (Iceland never got fully dark at night, so our sleeping schedules were all sorts of messed up.)

After spending a few days at home recovering and starting to sort our life back out, next thing we knew- the week was over, and it was Memorial Day weekend.

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I spent my Memorial Day weekend with Logan and the fur babies “up north” in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula, MI) We spent time relaxing at our camp site, grilling, and playing tourist in our own state. We stayed at Indian Lake State Campground which was only 15 minutes from Kitch-iti-Kipi, and an hour from Pictured Rocks National Lake shore.