Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan Travel Guide

Drive the 7.4-mile, self-guided tour of forest, dunes, and Lake Michigan vistas.

Hop on for a four-hour trip across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, WI, home to Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

A 15-mile stretch of sandstone cliffs and caverns on the shore of Lake Superior. The Pictured Rocks’ names derived from the erosion that sculpted the cliffs into profiles, including Indian Head, and architectural formations, such as Miners Castle.

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

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 vehicles and a position as a National Historic Landmark to maintain, Mackinac's sensibility is decidedly traditional—just the way we like it.

A sandy stretch with picket fencing, wild beach grass, and surprisingly temperate water.

Sail Grand Traverse Bay on the schooner Manitou, one of the Great Lakes’ largest sailing vessels.

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

In warmer months, play a round in the scenic woods.

The 41-year-old Mustang Lounge, a local watering hole, just reopened after a complete renovation.

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 Harvest Riesling at any of the three tasting rooms in Suttons Bay, Traverse City, and on the Old Mission Peninsula.

The local hangout is the spot for drinks, karaoke, and live music.

It’s a time-honored tradition to explore the island by bike. Rent one here.