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Things to do in Northern Michigan

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Northern Michigan. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Northern Michigan attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Northern Michigan to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Northern Michigan.

  • Au Train

  • Au Train Beach

    A sandy stretch with picket fencing, wild beach grass, and surprisingly temperate water. More
  • Baraga Shrine

  • Black Star Farms

    Known for its award-winning wines and spirits, Black Star Farms has a luxurious B&B, farmers’ market, creamery, and stables. Try its Arcturos Late ... More
  • Dunmaglas Golf Course

    In warmer months, play a round in the scenic woods. More
  • Island Bicycle Rental

    It’s a time-honored tradition to explore the island by bike. Rent one here. More
  • Isle Royale National Park

    This gorgeous park near Thunder Bay, Canada, is the largest island in the world’s largest freshwater body, Lake Superior. Though it ranks as the fi... More
  • Jordan Valley Outfitters

    Embrace the charms of the cold with a winter raft trip through snowy woods along the Jordan River. More
  • Lil Bo

    The local hangout is the spot for drinks, karaoke, and live music. More
  • Ludington State Park

    Explore sandy beaches, nature trails and sand dunes before fishing and boating in the park’s calm waters. More
  • Mackinac Island

    It's not as though this six-square-mile island at the juncture of lakes Huron and Michigan is immune to change, but with a ban on motorized vehicle... More
  • Mackinac Island Carriage Tours

    Carriages amble through historic streets with stops at the island’s centerpiece: the massive 19th-century Grand Hotel. More
  • Murdick's Fudge

    Pick up some homemade fudge at this Mackinac shop - open since 1887. More
  • Mustang Lounge

    The 41-year-old Mustang Lounge, a local watering hole, just reopened after a complete renovation. More
  • Old Bank Building Antiques

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