15 Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
You don't need to go to Alaska to experience dog sledding. The owners of Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures on Michigan's Upper Peninsula are Iditarod veterans (natureskennel.com). Visitors can help "train" their pups by going on day and overnight mushing trips. Participants learn to drive their own sled, so bonding with your canine crew is inevitable. The half-day, full-day or overnight treks start in McMillan, Michigan, about 90 miles east of Marquette.
Outdoor adventures also abound at nearby Tahquamenon Falls State Park (michigandnr.com), with miles of trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For general information on the area: Newberry Area Tourism Association