Are you in search of the perfect temperature in which to take your next trip? If so, look no further and begin planning a Northern Michigan Vacation for your summer getaway. With high temperatures settling in the upper 70s from June through August, Northern Michigan is an excellent place to hang out in the sun without being overwhelmed by the heat. There is so much to do and see in the northern part of the state, particularly along the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Here is a list of some places to visit when you take your trip.
Things to See in Northern Michigan
Leelanau State Park
This state park is at the edge of the Leelanau Peninsula and allows visitors to see the beautiful Lake Michigan. Come here for an adventurous hike or spend time touring the Grand Traverse Lighthouse.
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
This area is a wine lover’s paradise, with 25 different wineries in a relatively small area. This Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail map will direct you to each winery you wish to visit.
Petoskey State Park
You don’t need the coast to have fun at the beach, as Petoskey State Park has a beautiful shoreline on the Little Traverse Bay. Enjoy the sand between your toes at this park located right off the M-119 Highway.
This island is a resort area located in Lake Huron, in between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. A day of peaceful relaxation can be had at Mackinac Island, as it is only accessible by private boat, ferry, or small aircraft.
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sleeping Bear Dunes is governed by the U.S. National Park Service and is in Glen Harbor, MI. You absolutely cannot miss this place, as it was named “The Most Beautiful Place in America” on ABC’s Good Morning America. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take some of the splendor home with you.
Tunnel of Trees
The Tunnel of Trees is a 20-mile stretch of the M-119 Highway that goes from Harbor Springs to Cross Village. Hop in the car or strap on your helmet and take a bike ride along this bluff that overlooks Lake Michigan. Take your time on this trip, though, and be sure to stop and enjoy the shops and restaurants along the way.
Places to Stay in Northern Michigan
Fortunately, there are two Select Registry inns located in Northern Michigan, and you'll find each are among the finest bed and breakfast Michigan has to offer – the Inn at Black Star Farms Bed & Breakfast and Stafford’s Bay View Inn Bed & Breakfast.
- The Inn at Black Star Farms Bed & Breakfast is located in Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Peninsula. This agricultural destination features two wine production facilities and 10 magnificent rooms named after stars in the Northern galaxy. Each room has a private bath, while some have fireplaces and spas.
- Stafford’s Bay View Inn Bed & Breakfast is in Petoskey and provides remarkable views of Little Traverse Bay. It is home to the Roselawn Dining Room and provides 31 Victorian room for guests to experience. The 31 accommodations are broken down into different sized suites and single rooms.
Photo courtesy Rachel Kramer