Michigan’s Great Lakes truly are great, and if you haven’t seen them, you should. Clean beaches, fishing, boating, and the world’s largest fresh water supply are never far away when you’re in Michigan. If you’re at one of the truck stops off of exit 15 on I-75 in Monroe, then Sterling State Park along Lake Erie is definitely within reach. Detroit Avenue, the side street next to the Pilot Travel Center, has a bike lane and is a short ride to the River Raisin Heritage Trail, which will lead you directly to the beach. (Click here for a map.) Passing through beautiful wetlands full of eagles and cranes, the trail alone is worth visiting even if you don’t get to the beach.
Also nearby is the River Raisin Battlefield National Park, the site of Michigan’s bloodiest battle during the War of 1812. My time was limited during this week’s visit, so that stop will have to wait for another day, perhaps when it isn’t quite so sunny down at the beach!