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An Adventure Traveler's Guide To The Midwest

Gooseberry Falls State Park | © WikiCommons
Gooseberry Falls State Park | © WikiCommons
Whether you’re planning a winter or summer adventure vacation, the upper Midwest has your every outdoor sports need covered. Find a favorite spot for the classics, or try something totally new and extreme with Culture Trip’s list of must-visit hotspots.

Michigan

Boyne Mountain

What to do there: skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating

When to go: Winter

More info: 415 acres of slopes make Boyne Mountain the largest ski resort in the Midwest. It also comes equipped with an indoor waterpark, a massive spa and retail village for an all-inclusive winter getaway.

Mackinaw Parasailing

What to do there: parasailing, boating

When to go: Spring, Summer, Fall

More info: Fly as high as 600 feet above the water attached to a parachute for unparalleled views and experience. Mackinaw City will send you up for more than 10 minutes for just $75 per person.

Wisconsin

Wildman Adventure Resort

What to do there: whitewater rafting, rock climbing, paintball, obstacle courses

When to go: Spring, Summer

More info: Two resort locations near the northern border of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Camping and cabins are also available, as well as golfing, fishing and hiking trails.

Alpine Valley Resort

What to do there: skiing, snowboarding

When to go: Winter

More info: Though open as a luxury resort all year round, Alpine is made for the winter. Enjoy 20 different runs spread across 90 acres, suitable for all experience levels.

Minnesota

Gooseberry Falls State Park

What to do there: hiking, camping

When to go: Spring, Summer, Fall

More info: Hike 15 or 20 mile trails through 1,600-acre Gooseberry Falls. On the shores of Lake Superior, scenery includes waterfalls, wildlife and unparalleled views.

Gooseberry Falls State Park © WikiCommons

Sandstone Ice Festival

What to do there: ice climbing, skinny skiing, winter camping

When to go: Winter

More info: Scale frozen waterfalls at Sandstone’s annual festival and clinic. Climbers come together every January to celebrate the extreme sport as well as other family-friendly events spread across three days.