parkWarren Dunes State Park give visitors a chance to enjoy Lake Michigan along the shoreline with a soft, sandy beach and rolling dunes that are just as much fun as as the waves. And sunsets turn symbolic at Silver Beach, where the sounds of taps float above the water as the sun dips below the horizon. And of course, there's the fishing. Michigan's many lakes make for some of the best fishing spots in the area.

In Buchanan, appreciating nature is something that's done by residents every day - right in their back yard. Buchanan is home to one of the area's protected natural resources, The Fen. And residents banded together as Friends of McCoy Creek, creating a picturesque walking trail through the city framed by thick woods and gently flowing current of McCoy's Creek.