Upper Midwest Zest

Traverse City, Michigan

Jan 4, 2006
Outside Magazine
The Inside 5

Like any good midwestern boys, Keegan and Matt Myers, owners of Broneah Kiteboarding Company, in Traverse City, enjoy a good mix of daily exercise and nightlife. Their picks: 1. Mountain-bike the sweet Vasa singletrack trail, in Acme. 2. Sea-kayak near Chimney Corners Resort, 30 minutes north of town. 3. Hit Friday Night Live, a weekly outdoor summer concert series downtown. 4. Grab a beer at Dillinger's Pub, Bootleggers, or Union Street Station. 5. Beach-camp in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.

Isle Royal National Park, Michigan

Royal Flush: Isle Royale NP's untrammeled shore

Picture Perfect: Along the 42-mile stretch of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, glide by 200-foot-high multihued sandstone cliffs rising from the waters of Lake Superior. Dock your boat anywhere you choose on the park's 73,000 acres of beaches and dunes, then hike through conifer forests to waterfalls and cedar swamps. 906-387-3700
Pedal the Point: Copper Harbor, at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, boasts nearly 20 miles of rocky, rooty, hardpacked trails, marked by steep 900-foot climbs and technical descents. Zip through old-growth boreal forests and top out on ridgelines with views of Lake Superior. Keweenaw Adventure Company, 906-289-4303
Ridge Walk: Grab your backpack and hop a ferry or seaplane to Windigo, in Lake Superior's Isle Royale National Park. Then complete the 40-mile, three-to-five-day Greenstone Ridge trek, crossing 1,394-foot Mount Desor, ancient, 800-foot-thick lava flows, and pine forests where wolves abound. 906-482-0984
Lake Dive: Cold, yes, but also world-class. Lake Superior's freshwater has preserved ten major shipwrecks off the coast of Isle Royale. Expert divers plunge 170 feet to the Emperor, a 525-foot steel bulk freighter that sank in 1947. Newbies can aim for the America, a passenger steamer that sank in shallow water in 1928. Scuba Center, 651-681-8434
Paddle Power: Boat the lower Montreal River from the Saxon Falls Powerplant, where a 13.8-mile stretch of Class II–III whitewater carves through a 200-foot-deep sandstone gorge. Check conditions by calling 715-893-2213.
Air Up There: Get high at Broneah's Spode to Pro Kiteboarding Camp, in Traverse City, two hours south of the Mackinaw Bridge. Owners Keegan and Matt Myers show you how to arc, spin, and flip at one of 20 spots along a 40-mile stretch of Lake Michigan. 231-392-2212

Need to decompress? Check in to the Treetops Resort, in Treetops Village. Play 18 on one of its five championship golf courses, then head for a eucalyptus steam bath at the spa. Your digs overlook the Pigeon River, where you'll find top-shelf fly-fishing and mountain biking. Doubles from $129; 989-732-6711
Crowdless and carless—that's the mantra on Lake Michigan's North Manitou Island, a motor-free, 14,426-acre mega-wilderness accessible only by boat. From base camp, explore 400-foot limestone bluffs populated by bald eagles and endangered piping plovers.

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