PROOS: It’s hard to beat autumn in pure Michigan

As our warm summer breezes change to cool weather ahead, autumn in Michigan is spectacular.

Whether you are taking a long drive along one of the state’s scenic byways for a fall color tour or are biking or hiking through our great outdoors, there are a wide variety of outstanding fall experiences available right here in our own backyard.

I encourage southwest Michigan residents who are planning a before-school-starts trip this Labor Day weekend or looking at a fall weekend getaway to consider a “staycation” in Michigan and take advantage of the state’s numerous family-friendly activities.

It is a great way to relax and have fun with the entire family — all while supporting the local community and small businesses. Plus, all state revenues from a Michigan staycation go toward local funding priorities like improving education and fixing the roads, rather than going out of state.

Residents can visit michigan.org for help planning a vacation in the state, including details on places to stay, restaurants and upcoming events.

The site includes a link to a stunning travel publication highlighting spectacular sights to see and exciting places to go.

The 2018 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide features articles on fall color drives, hiking adventures, family getaways, golfing, top-rated mountain bike trails and the state’s apple season.

The guide also features comprehensive information on our state parks, including details on amenities, campsites and available activities at each location.

Residents can download a free, universally accessible digital version of the guide or order a printed copy at michigan.org/travel-guide.

Travelers can access the interactive guide from their desktop and laptop computers, as well as smartphones and tablets.

Michigan has more lighthouses, public golf courses, freshwater coastline and rail trail miles than any other state. Regardless of where you decide to go in our state or what you decide to do, one thing is clear: It’s hard to beat autumn in Pure Michigan.

JOHN PROOS, R-St. Joseph, represents the 21st District, which includes Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties. 

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