Earth Day is a time to reflect and be thankful for the natural resources surrounding us. The lakes, trails, rivers, and woodlands are northern Michigan’s greatest gifts.

Here are THREE reasons why we celebrate Earth Day:

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Family Biking on the TART Trail

Scenic Trails

There’s nothing like getting fresh air when exploring the trails in the region. With hundreds of miles of trails to choose from, there’s an outdoor adventure for every day of your visit. Whether it’s by foot or bike, through villages or cities, on gravel or paved trails, one thing is certain, you will not come up short of catching beautiful views.

Conservation Tips: Plan before you go, stay on the trails, and respect the wildlife; you are in their home now.

SUP on Grand Traverse Bay


It doesn’t matter if you are in, on, under, or just looking; the beauty of the fresh blue water catches your eye every time. Lake Michigan, Grand Traverse Bay, and plenty of inland lakes make up our region. Explore the beaches, dip your toes in the sand and get in the water! And don’t forget to stay a little longer to catch the perfect Pure Michigan sunset. 

Conservation Tips: Make sure trash ends up in the trash and not on the beach or in the water.

Cherry Blossoms

Apple Picking


Cherries, apples, and grapes – OH MY, and that’s not all the agricultural industry is producing in the region.

Climatically moderated by the waters of Lake Michigan, Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula boasts rows and rows of grapes. Those grapes are harvested to make award-winning wines from the Traverse Wine Coast.

Vineyards and cherry orchards are not the only agriculture you will pass when driving along the countryside. You will also pass plenty of farm stands selling freshly picked produce and flowers. And if you’re up for your own hands-on experience, plan a few hours at one of the You Pick farms in the area.

Conservation Tips: Stay in the designated areas and respect the crops.

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