Tawas Point State Park juts out on the upper lip of Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron on Michigan’s east coast. It has been unofficially dubbed the Cape Cod of the Midwest because of its unique sand dunes, which serve as a mid-migration landing platform for birds each fall and spring. You can hike the two-mile Sandy Hook Nature Trail through parts of these sand dunes and past Tawas Point Lighthouse to the tip of the peninsula, ending near the U.S. Coast Guard’s foghorn. The whole trail takes less than 70 minutes to hike. Bring your binoculars if you’re into bird watching—you’ll be able to see hummingbirds, bluebirds, orioles and dozens of other species.
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