Category Archives: Northern Michigan

#18 Eat from Little Fleet food trucks in Traverse City

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#18 Eat from Little Fleet food trucks in Traverse City

Region: Northern

Location: Traverse City

The food truck scene in Traverse City began with the popular Little Fleet. Besides the eight food trucks with a huge variety of delicious eats parked around the outdoor seating area, the venue boasts charming décor and a full-service, indoor bar, making it the perfect stop during a busy TC travel day.

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#24 Explore the Shipwrecks of Thunder Bay at the National Marine Sanctuary

Photo by Tane Casserley, NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

#24 Explore the Shipwrecks of Thunder Bay at the National Marine Sanctuary

Region: Northern

Location: Alpena

Enveloping the coast of Alpena and the surrounding areas of Thunder Bay and Lake Huron, the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary has been accumulating a large number and variety of shipwrecks since the 1800s, and is a truly spectacular place to visit. Take a glass-bottomed boat tour to see sunken ships or just explore the museum for informative and interesting Michigan history.

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#25 Sample a local beer at your favorite Michigan brewery

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#25 Get a local beer at your favorite Michigan brewery

Location: All over Michigan

Michigan is fifth in the nation in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs and is home to Beer City USA — Grand Rapids. Head to a Michigan classic like Bell’s Brewery or Founders Brewing Co., or try out a newer contender near you.

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#27 Get up close to the Ludington Pier Light and Explore the Beach

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#27 Get up close to the Ludington Pier Light and explore the beach

Region: West, Northern

Location: Ludington

You don’t even have to get out of your car to see the Ludington Pier Light, (but we recommend you do!). Take a stroll down the pier to get a good look at the historic lighthouse while taking in the Lake Michigan waves, or even a sunset.

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#29 Ride the Sand Dunes at Silver Lake

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#29 Ride the Sand Dunes at Silver Lake

Region: Northern

Location: Silver Lake

Silver Lake Sand Dunes aren’t as popular as Sleeping Bear but they’re much better suited for adventure lovers. People from all over the state come to the Silver Lake dunes to ride their buggies, jeeps, scooters and trucks through the sand, right on the side of the gorgeous Lake Michigan. And don’t worry—you don’t have to have a sand-ready vehicle—you can rent one right from the park!

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#28 Take the Mission Point Guided Sunrise Hike

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#28 Take the Mission Point Guided Sunrise Hike

Region: Upper Peninsula

Location: Mackinac Island

If you’re looking for a lovely hike with an even more gorgeous finale, meet Mission Point Resort‘s Recreation Manager, Taima, around 5:00- 5:30am for a super stunning guided tour to a secluded spot to watch the sunrise over the island and the straits.

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#37 Play Euchre around a fire pit

Photo by Lynsday Israel.

#37 Play Euchre around a fire pit

Location: All over Michigan

The game we all love and know, Euchre is a summer classic and perfect for bringing friends and family together after a day or exploring or relaxing. Don’t know how to play? A Michgander will surely teach you around a bonfire this summer.

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#40 Collect Leland Blue stones at Vans Beach in Leland

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#40 Collect Leland Blue stones at Vans Beach in Leland

Region: Northern, West

Location: Leland

Leland Blue Stones are found on Leland beach and are used by locals for jewelry and decorations. Spend the day splashing in the water and combing the picture-perfect beach for these hidden gems.

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#43 Stand up paddle along your favorite river or lake

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#43 Stand up paddle along your favorite river or lake

Location: All over Michigan

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports around the world and Michigan is the perfect place to practice. Buy, borrow or rent a board for the day and cruise down your favorite inland river or lake — or one of the Greats if you’re feeling confident!

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#44 Adventure in Dinosaur Gardens

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#44 Adventure in Dinosaur Gardens

Region: Northern

Location: Alpena County

If you haven’t been to Dinosaur Gardens, you truly must go. It’s a thrilling explorative adventure as you walk past enormous life-like creatures and see what life was like when dinosaurs walked Michigan. There’s more than just dinosaurs though— enjoy putt-putt golf, miners sluices, fossil digs, frozen yogurt bars, and dinosaur-themed gift shops.

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