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The “come as you are” Fourth of July Parade through downtown Glen Arbor is a hoot, and well worth planning a visit around. Here, parade marshals Leonard and Sally Thoreson squeeze down the parade route.
N estled within Lake Michigan, Glen
Lake and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Arbor is surrounded
by natural beauty. So naturally, opportunities abound for all sorts of outdoor activities —
by land and by water. For instance:
• For landlubbers, hike
or bike on the 27-mile long Heritage Trail, which takes you through Glen Arbor to eat and shop.
• And for water lovers, boat, kayak or paddle board on Glen Lake, Lake Michigan or
the Crystal River.
“To be able to (rent) a $2
tube down the street and jump in and  oat for an hour (on the Crystal River) with the kids and come out in Lake Michigan is just the best,” said regular Glen Arbor visitor Brad Dykstra. “It’s an excellent place for kids.”
Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce marketing director Raquel Jackson does not take for granted the beauty that surrounds her chosen place
of work — or the opportunities that beauty provides.
“It’s majestic,” she said. “I’m a pretty avid hiker. I’d recommend Old Indian Trail,
Pyramid Point and Bay View Trail. The Heritage Trail also runs right through Glen Arbor. That’s a nice way to explore the region, whether you walk, bike or hike.”
Jackson’s other recommendation is exploring by water with a kayak tour
of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. “It’s a different vantage point from Lake Michigan, and it’s a really unique experience,” she said.
Heather and Todd Sholeen are regular summer visitors from Naperville, Ill. A favorite Leelanau County memory of theirs is hiking through woods
up to Pyramid Point. “Glen Arbor and the
surrounding area is so simple, fun and beautiful,” Heather said.
Martha Moyer, from the Detroit area, also appreciates the beauty of the area.
“I was stunned by the uniqueness of the big lake ‘up north’ – so different than the lake I know. Beautiful rocks
on wide shores, pine forest backgrounds and dunes that invite exploration,” she said.
“It’s God’s country.” The town of Glen Arbor
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