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    Michigan's Thumb

    I am planning an extended weekend camping trip with the kids to Port Crescent State Park near Port Austin. It seems like a nice park but I am having trouble finding nearby attractions that are still open this late in the year.

    I have never been in the Michigan Thume area before. To those of you who are familiar with the area, I would love to know some good places for a day visit.

    It can be anywhere in Michigan's thumb from Port Huron north.
    Specifically, I would like info on:

    1. The best places to (road) bike - either country roads or trails.
    2. Attractions: Any museum, lighthouse, etc or other attraction that is open this late in the year. A lot of stuff closes by Labor Day.

    3. Good parks or nature preserves with trails
    4. Snall towns worth visiting to walk around in or shop but not too touristy.

    5. Any other pertinant information.

    Thanks in advance. Drew

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    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
    Feb 2002
    Here is the Thumb Tourism website: http://www.thumbtourism.org/

    There are some petroglyphs in Sanilac. I've never been, but that would be cool!http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7...4564--,00.html

    There is the Octagon barn: http://www.thumboctagonbarn.org/

    There are probably tons of orchards and cider mills as well.

    Sad thing is, being from somewhat nearby Saginaw, we never went to the Thumb for vacation! So, I haven't been there before. I lived in Lexington for a summer though!

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    Cyburbian Wannaplan?'s avatar
    Aug 2001
    Gale Crater
    Here are some ideas for you:

    1) There are some neat apple orchards near Amada:


    2) Check out the wind farm under construction (32 turbines) northwest of Elkton:


    3) Some more ideas might be in a local paper, the Huron Daily Tribune:


    4) List of museums:


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    Cyburbian PlannerByDay's avatar
    Jul 2002
    In the bike lane
    PM me your e-mail address and I can e-mail you a copy of a not yet released bicycle facility map for the thumb area. The map is nearly complete but not quite ready for widespread public release.

    To view similar maps you can go to www.michigan.gov/mdot-biking and select the regional bike maps link.

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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where the weak are killed and eaten.
    See Grindstone City!

    Marvel in the big piles of Sugar Beets in in Sebawing!

    See how many distant relatives you can find of DetroitPlanner in Bad Axe!

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    Cyburbian ofos's avatar
    Jul 2006
    Slightly Off-Center
    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    See Grindstone City!

    Marvel in the big piles of Sugar Beets in in Sebawing!

    See how many distant relatives you can find of DetroitPlanner in Bad Axe!
    And in that same vein, a day trip to Bay City, birthplace of Madonna.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Cyburbian WSU MUP Student's avatar
    Mar 2007
    Lowering the PCI in the Hills
    While downtown Port Huron might not have much retial activity in it compared to about 20 years ago, there is still some great architecture to see if you are into that sort of thing. The "Old Town" area has a bunch of churches all within walking distance of each other and while they might not be huge, some of them are among the oldest still being used in the state. I know the AIA has produced a guide to Port Huron that has some interesting sites to see.

    As for bicycling check out http://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/parks/wadhams.aspx

    Also, I don't think you mentioned when exactly you are going out to the Thumb but if you are in the area this weekend and looking for some cycling: http://www.lmb.org/crr/bwr07.ihtml

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