My morning in Portage begins early. Weather is a crucial factor for my outdoor day in this city by the lake. I'm lucky. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and there's a beautiful breeze.
The northern border of this city is simply Lake Michigan. The top two destinations for me are the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Trail (1000 Riverwalk Drive, 219-762-1675, inportageparks.com/portage-lakefront-and-riverwalk/) and West Beach (376 N. County Line Road, 219-395-1882, nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/west-beach.htm).