For those of us who grew up in Michigan, it's easy for us to take its beauty for granted. But this is something we should actually be cherishing. We live in a location that's been deemed by outdoor enthusiasts as one of the best places to travel in the world this year. Travel website, TripSavvy named Michigan as the best place to travel for outdoor enthusiasts this year. That's saying a lot. Why would you spend thousands of dollars to go somewhere based on nature alone when you can do some research and discover our home?

With more than 19 million acres of forest and 3,000 miles of shoreline, Michigan is an underappreciated outdoor playground. In the mitten of lower Michigan, hike the sky-high dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and race down to Lake Michigan’s turquoise waters for a dip. Take a coastal detour as you head north towards the Mackinac Bridge winding along the lakeshore beneath the dense canopy of The Tunnel of Trees on MI 115

Michigan joins the 'Best Of' ranks along with places like Rwanda, Melbourne, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Rome, Galway, Ireland, and St. Louis.

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