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Pere Marquette Beach

Looking for a clean, safe and thriving beach certified by the Clean Beaches Coalition? Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon is one of just four certified “clean beaches” on Lake Michigan. Remember to follow the coalition’s Blue Wave Ethics.

Where: Beach Street and Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon, Mich.

Cost: Free

Info: muskegon-mi.gov/departments/parks/pere-marquette/

Brown County State Park

Some call this state park’s hills the “little Smokies” for their resemblance to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee — it might help that they’re located around the Hoosier state’s Nashville. The state’s largest park is a traditional fall color hot spot, but the park also features the Abe Martin lodge, a nature center and mountain biking trails.

Where: 1405 W. Ind. 46 (west gate) or 1801 E. Ind. 46 (north gate) in Nashville

Cost: $5 entry fee for vehicles with Indiana license plates

Info: in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm or 812-988-6406

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