Gateway to the GreatLakes Lake St. Clair
01-May-2016
Gateway to the GreatLakes
Hosting one of the largest marina districts in the Midwest, Lake St. Clair is a boating and recreational treasure with shallow, warm waters, incredible coastal wetlands, protected wildlife habitats, and world-class sport and game fishing. It’s the gateway to two Great Lakes — north to Lake Huron by the St. Clair River and south via the Detroit River to Lake Erie — with festivals
and events in the charming towns along these shores all season long!

The Great Lakes, bordering the United States and Canada, are instantly recognizable on a map or from space, but look closely and you’ll see their nautical heart. For more than 6,000 years, gorgeous Lake St. Clair has been in the incredible position of not only connecting two of the Great Lakes...

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A GREAT Lake Place Huron, OH
01-Apr-2016
A GREAT Lake Place
The small town waterfront alive with history, marinas, beaches, shops and nightlife makes Huron, Ohio, a Great Lake Place.

“Huron is a community filled with pride; a small town with a rich heritage and an eye on the future,” says Huron mayor Brad Hartung. Pride in the city is evident, and celebrating the water is a not-to-be-missed event in Huron, especially the Huron River Fest the second week in July, wh...

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The Sunrise Coast Saginaw Bay, Michigan
01-Mar-2016
The Sunrise Coast
Michigan’s famed mitten silhouette is shaped by Saginaw Bay, a sparkling stretch of water that opens up to Lake Huron and is dotted with towns, ports, beaches, carpets of forests, rivers and trails.

Each community along Saginaw Bay is unique and charming in its own distinct way: There are the small hamlets of Port Austin at the eastern-most tip; to Tawas Point on the western side of the bay’s entrance — nicknamed the “Cape Cod of the Midwest” with its Victorian-era light...

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Belle City of the Lakes Racine, Wisconsin
01-Feb-2016
Belle City of the Lakes
For contemporary arts and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, Danish kringles and festivals, drop anchor in the Lake Michigan harbor town of Racine, Wisconsin.

If you’ve cruised Lake Michigan’s western shoreline, you have likely passed the 11-story Wind Point Lighthouse that sticks out at the north end of Racine. But did you know that there’s also a 15-story tower designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright nearby? The Wright st...

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Rebirth of the Hammer Hamilton, Ontario
01-Jan-2016
Rebirth of the Hammer
With the decline of the steel industry, the city of Hamilton, Ontario has reinvented itself — its growth once again built upon having the best natural harbor on the Great Lakes.

Pittsburgh is famous for a lot of things: the Steelers, of course, and its 446 bridges. But the city is perhaps best known for emerging from the ashes of the steel industry collapse, reinventing itself and moving forward to thrive in a new economy. Today, it is impossible to walk the tree-lined...

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Alaskan Adventure Inside Passage, Alaska
02-Nov-2015
Alaskan Adventure
Our publisher joins NW Explorations on an unforgettable Alaskan journey through the inside passage.

Alaska is not an easy place to get to. Yet, once you arrive you will spend the rest of your days praising the area and planning your next trip back. I have been to Alaska twice now — both times as a guest of NW Explorations and its famed “Mother Goose Flotilla.” My first crui...

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Gateway to the Keweenaw The beauty of Houghton, its sister city Hancock, and the rest of Michigan’s northernmost peninsula, is instantly obvious to anyone who motors, sails or paddles near shore. Settled on the Keweenaw Waterway, Houghton is the largest city in Copper Country and is a year-round getaway off Lake Superior.
01-Oct-2015
Gateway to the Keweenaw
The beauty of Houghton, its sister city Hancock, and the rest of Michigan’s northernmost peninsula, is instantly obvious to anyone who motors, sails or paddles near shore. Settled on the Keweenaw Waterway, Houghton is the largest city in Copper Country and is a year-round getaway off Lake Superior.

Old-growth forests tower above rocky shelves, wide swaths of sugar sand beach dot shorelines accented by boulders and colorful agates, eagles soar from cliffs, and sheltered harbors invite visits to pristine wilderness areas, bordered by villages notable for multi-ethnic traditions dating back three...

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Keen on Kenosha Kenosha, WI
31-Aug-2015
Keen on Kenosha
What is now the fourth largest city on Lake Michigan was first settled by Paleo-Indians over 13,000 years ago and named Kenozia, meaning “place of the pike.” In 1836, a post office was established, and the burgeoning community called Pike Creek was morphed into Southport, before coming full circle back to the name Kenosha — a variation of the original name bestowed by the Paleo-Indians all those years ago.

We’re taking for granted that this charming city, nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan in southern Wisconsin, won’t be changing its name again anytime soon. And why should they? A wonderful commingling of natural beauty, historic architecture, cultural happenings, water fun, along with...

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Lake Meets River at the Cape Cape Vincent, New York
30-Jul-2015
Lake Meets River at the Cape
Cape Vincent in Upstate New York is described as the town “Where Lake and River Meet.” Its rugged shores hug both Lake Ontario and the mighty St. Lawrence River along a panoramic peninsula that is the western gateway to the world-famous Thousand Islands.

The charming coastal town of Cape Vincent— located about 25 miles north of Watertown — is known for the Victorian-era Tibbetts Point Lighthouse, which stands watch over the Great Lakes and neighboring Canada and marks the entrance to the St. Lawrence Seaway. Cape Vincent overlooks Wo...

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Lakeside Retreat(s) Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin
01-Jul-2015
Lakeside Retreat(s)
Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago and the surrounding communities of Appleton, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Neenah offer visiting boaters a warm, friendly atmosphere with more than 1,000 events and festivals
to keep you entertained, no matter the season.

I’m plopped cross-legged in the center of Appleton, Wisconsin’s Houdini Plaza, thumping an inverted paint bucket with a pair of wooden drumsticks. It’s a blue sky day pretty enough to make anyone sing, or, in our case, pound out some increasingly complicated rhythms — this un...

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