The summer flew by and we are in October already, so crazy how we are approaching the holidays and the end of 2021.  After the turbulent times of the last few years, many of us have not had time to take a vacation.

I know you're saying who has the time, maybe money is still tight from the pandemic. Well, we need to take some time.  Even if it is just a weekend away at a friend's house we all need to find a way to relax. If you don't want to fly or travel far, we have so many choices for a weekend away right here in Michigan.

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Maybe it's a weekend in Ann Arbor or Grand Rapids or a nice ride to Traverse City for a long weekend.

Here Is a Perfect Place To Visit in October

One place you may want to think about is The Porcupine Mountains, also known as the Porkies. It is also home to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, which happens to be Michigan’s largest state park according to The park is beautiful and huge with 60,000 plus acres. With all the fall colors this will be a very scenic trip.

Located at the west end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in Ontonagon County, the Porcupine Mountains got their name from early explorers who thought the tree outlines along the crests looked like porcupine quills.


Keep in mind though the middle of October is a perfect time to go. Also, some venues are seasonal and aren’t open outside of these months. So please check with your destination in the area first.

What You Need To Know

Some roads will close at the beginning of December until late spring. If you like to snowmobile and cross-country skiing during the winter you will be fine but do your homework.  Make time for yourself and get away for a little fun this fall.

Find out more at Michigan,org

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