Category Archives: Northern Michigan

#41 Bring the kids (young and old!) to play in Cadillac Commons

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#41 Bring the kids (young and old!) to play in Cadillac Commons

Region: Northern

Location: Cadillac

A collaboration between the City and community has transformed a nondescript parking lot and park district into a year-round destination evoking all the historical charm and sophistication that makes Cadillac unique. The lakeside block serves as a vibrant hub connecting downtown businesses and Lake Cadillac with seasonal events and attractive amenities.

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#33 Fly or take a boat from Charlevoix to Beaver Island

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#33 Fly or take a boat from Charlevoix to Beaver Island

Region: Northern, Upper Peninsula

Location: Charlevoix, Beaver Island

Make the journey as good (or better) than the destination and take the ferry or catch a plane from the scenic town of Charlevoix to Beaver Island—the perfect getaway from families or couples young and old.

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#32 Find your nearest gem of a State Park

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#32 Find your nearest gem of a State Park

Location: All over Michigan

You don’t have to go to a National Park to enjoy nature’s beauty. There are over 100 State Parks all over the state filled with beautiful trails, playgrounds, lakes, beaches, and activities. Search for the nearest State Park near you — it might surprise you how close it is!

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#1 Indulge in Superman Ice Cream

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#1 Indulge in Superman Ice Cream

Location: All over Michigan

Superman Ice Cream is almost an exclusively Michigan flavor and for kids (and some fun-loving adults!) all over the state, it’s the taste of summer. Find a local shop that serves this unique flavor and dig into the red, yellow and blue ice cream.

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#5 Watch a movie at a drive-in movie theatre

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#5 Watch a movie at a drive-in movie theatre

Region: All over Michigan

Relive memories of a late summer night or make some new ones by visiting a local drive-in movie theater. Throw a blanket and some popcorn in the car and catch one of this summer’s blockbusters at a drive-in near you.

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#6 Ride the TART Trails

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#6 Ride the TART Trails

Region: Northern

Location: Traverse City

The Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) encompasses eight seperate trails, including the TART, Leelanau Trail, VASA pathway, Buffalo Ridge Trail, Boardman Lake, and Boardman River trails along with others spread out across Grand Traverse and Leelanau County. Together they cover almost 60 miles. Take some time to run, walk, roller skate, roller ski, or bike down these scenic trails this summer.

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#8 Relax a bit by taking a ride on one of Shanty Creek’s E-bikes

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#8 Relax a bit by taking a ride on one of Shanty Creek’s E-bikes

Region: Northern

Location: Shanty Creek

Want to explore Shanty Creek but don’t want to blow all your energy? Try out the new E-bikes. That’s right—motor-assisted bicycling, perfect for exploring the rolling hills throughout Shanty Creek Resorts.

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#9 Try one of Michigan’s many scenic drives

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#9 Try one of Michigan’s many scenic drives

Region: Northern

Michigan is known for scenic drives with plenty of views, twists, and turns. Try out one of the most scenic roads in the nation by driving M-119 from Harbor Springs through the Tunnel of Trees, overlook spectacular lake views and impressive gorges along US-2 from St. Ignace to Manistique in the UP, or take in one of the countless other scenic drives throughout the state.

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#15 Immerse yourself in the darkness in Michigan’s Dark Sky Parks

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#15 Immerse yourself in the darkness in Michigan’s Dark Sky Parks

Location: All over Michigan

Michigan is the best place to stargaze in the Eastern United States. Much of this is due to the vast openness of the Great Lakes and sparse populations in the north, and there are several Dark Sky Parks, set aside especially for stargazing. Take a trip to Headlands Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw, Rockport State Recreation Area located in Presque Isle, Negwegon State Park in Alpena and Alcona counties, or Thompson’s Harbor State Park in Presque Isle County.

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#17 Stop by Iargo Springs and the Lumberman’s Monument

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#17 Stop by Iargo Springs and the Lumberman’s Monument

Region: Northern, East

Location: Oscoda

Filled with the history of the lumber era in Michigan, Iargo Springs and the Lumberman’s Monument are quite the destinations within the Huron National Forest. Walk down to the water’s edge or learn about an important time in Michigan’s history, this area has something for everyone.

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