5 Northern Michigan destinations to check off of your bucket list

Northern Michigan Travel

Michigan aka the Mitten state. Oh what a place. Your time here really depends on the current season and the thickness of your skin. Thankfully during Summer, Michigan & specifically, Northern Michigan, really shine. From endless lakes to eclectic cities, the list seems to never end. For those who know or for those who don’t here are 5 Northern Michigan destinations to keep on your radar this summer.

Traverse City

Northern Michigan Destinations, Traverse City

Home to some of Michigan’s and Northern Michigan’s best pies, Traverse City delivers more than just pies in this Lakeside getaway. Aside from Traverse Cities delectable delights, the city offers a little something for everyone. Beaches, Breweries, lighthouse and even a newly minted Baseball team. Grab a slice, hit the beach and then go for a game to see the Traverse City Cherry Spitters.

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes

Northern Michigan destinations

As the name suggests, the Bear reflects the size of these dunes but in no way are they sleeping. Stroll along these beasts to find yourself a seemingly endless lake shore. Be lucky enough to experience these on a sunny day for vibrant waters that may conjure the question of whether or not you’re really in Michigan.

Marquette

Marquette, MI Northern Michigan

My favorite of the group and for some other maybe theirs too. Positioned almost in the center of the UP, Upper Peninsula, Marquette provides visitors with an array of options including: Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, and countless others. This may well be the top spot in all of Michigan. Not only does Marquette offer excellent outdoor offerings, Beer is available at two local Breweries.

Munising

Munising Pictured Rock Cruises, Northern Michigan

Another gem in the Upper Peninsula, Munising. Located about 45 minutes east of Marquette, Munising is another outdoor adventures paradise. Not only is it loaded with waterfalls and biking, its home to the globally famous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There are many ways to experience these beauties but being in Munising will at least allow you to take your pick at which one suits your needs.

Mackinac City

Mackinac Bridge Michigan

The Mighty Mac as Michiganders call it, is the worlds 5th longest suspensions bridge and the longest in the Western hemisphere. Combined with the right lighting, its a spectacular sight. Not only is the Mighty Mac a worthwhile site but Mackinac island which is home to the Grand Hotel, provides visitors with spectacular views and lasting memories.

Northern Michigan – Is it worth it?

Marquette, Northern Michigan

Yes, but don’t just stop there. The list could, stretch wider than the Grand Canyon but we’ll let you find your own little gems. Did one of your top 5 summer destinations make the list? Do you have a place that should have been included? Please let me know as I’m continually checking places off of my Michigan bucket list. What comes to your mind when you think of a Northern Michigan summer spot?

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