Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan Travel Guide

Climb sand dunes, hike, or enjoy the pristine freshwater beach.

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

The old mine is now a museum filled with relics from the boiler house of the world’s largest steam hoist.

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 fifth least-visited park (14,000 annual visitors) in the nation, it has the highest backcountry use.

Pick up some homemade fudge at this Mackinac shop - open since 1887.

In the basement, Modernist Munising wood tables are scattered among hunting gear, taxidermy, and antique typewriters.

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.