Our national parks represent the very best our country has to offer: breathtaking landscapes, scenic vistas and historic and cultural landmarks, as well as opportunities for outdoor recreation like fishing, camping, biking, and hiking. The popularity of our national parks is evident, both in Michigan and throughout the nation. More than 2.5 million visitors enjoyed the seven national park sites in our state last year, helping generate an estimated $231 million in local communities. This visitor spending supported 3,410 jobs and helps fuel small businesses and communities that depend on tourism for their local economy. Read More [...]
The Historical Society of Michigan announces that its 144th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference will be held in Sturgis, Michigan, on Sept. 21-23, 2018. The Michigan History Conference (formerly called the State History Conference) celebrates all aspects of Michigan’s history and moves to a different location each year to also explore that area’s heritage. The main sessions of the conference will take place at the Sturges- Young Auditorium & Civic Center, and other events will be held at venues throughout the city. The lead sponsors of this year’s conference are The Meijer Foundation and the Sturgis Area Community [...]
We have a winner! Congratulations to Tracey Saunders of Three Rivers, Michigan on her first place win. Tracey won the grand prize of $300 cash for her entry. We are calling it "Sunrise on Pleasant Lake." Tracey's stunning capture will be featured on our website and Facebook home page throughout the rest of the year.
River Country Tourism Council of Southwest Michigan is holding a photo contest! Submit your photos of good times in St. Joseph County and its surrounding communities for a chance to win 1 of 3 cash prizes.