Northern Michigan Cities and Adventures!

Northern Michigan Cities and Adventures | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Are you ready to start exploring Northern Michigan? 

  • Welcome to the hub for the top cities, activities and things to do in Northern Michigan. 
  • Just click the links below to be whisked off on an adventure! 

Check out the interactive Northern Michigan map too if you are planning your vacation and need inspiration!

There are so many cities to explore, photos to take, memories to make and fun things to do!  Start planning your Michigan vacation or Michigan getaway today!

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Sleeping Bear Dunes

Grab our Sleeping Bear Dunes guide complete with day trip itineraries, incredible hiking trails, campgrounds and places you must visit! 

Michigan Tunnel of Trees

Michigan Tunnel of Trees scenic drive is an absolutely breathtaking experience while the trees are changing in the fall. Grab our guide of things to do along the drive!

Glen Arbor Michigan

Wine tasting, great shopping, bike riding and exploring scenic M-22 are a few fantastic things to do in this Northern Michigan village! 

Petoskey Michigan

Wine tasting, chocolate tours, pier walking, great shopping, vineyards, beaching, bike riding and exploring...there's so much to do in Petoskey in Northern Michigan!

Frankfort Michigan

Incredible beaches, lighthouse, mineral springs, bike paths, great shopping and exploring...there's so much to do in Frankfort Michigan!

Leland Michigan

Incredible fishing village in Northing Michigan! See fishing shanties, great shopping, scenic dam, fun restaurants and lots of exploring...there's so much to do in Leland Michigan! Great Michigan getaway!

Discover the Leelanau Peninsula!

The incredible Leelanau Peninsula is an explorers, wine enthusiast and photographer's paradise!  Fantastic wine trails, scenic views, pretty lighthouse, miles of sandy beaches  and lots of exploring! Plan a Michigan vacation today!

Gladwin Michigan

You know the saying, "no great story starts by eating a salad?" Well this one did!  You've got to see this restaurant! + Great biking and hiking trails, swimming holes, campgrounds, shopping and so much more!

Lake Huron Road Trip!

Check out our Lake Huron Road Trip all along the east coast of Michigan! Tons of stops and eclectic things to see and do!  Lots of photo opportunities!

East Tawas Michigan

My friends, if you haven't visited East Tawas, now is the time! The Tawas State Park and lighthouse are incredible! Great beach, boardwalk, restaurants and marina. (Try a Pronto Pup!)

Cadillac Michigan

Did you know there is a monument to KISS in Cadillac Michigan? Great State Park camping, scenic walking trails, sandy beaches and sparkling lakes perfect for swimming and fun places to explore!

Traverse City Michigan

Traverse City is the Cherry Capital of the World! Grab our three action packed itineraries! See the World's Largest Cherry Pie Pan, go wine tasting, tour an abandoned mental hospital, go hiking, kayaking and check out incredible restaurants!

Charlevoix Michigan

See the top things to do in Charlevoix Michigan! Mushroom Houses, scenic lighthouses, great beaches, inspiring restaurants and an incredible castle to's time to visit Charlevoix! 

Dark Sky Parks

Did you know there are several Dark Sky Parks in Michigan? If you love star gazing, be sure to visit a dark sky park on a dark, clear night! You will be amazed to see the Milky Way and incredible constellations!

Manistee Michigan

Manistee Michigan is incredible to explore!  Take tours on the SS Milwaukee and the Acacia.  Explore the scenic river walk and lighthouse! See giant Sequoia trees! 

Mackinaw City Michigan

Mackinaw City is jam packed with fun! Photograph the famous Mighty Mac bridge, enjoy Mackinac Island Fudge, go biking, see a lighthouse, go shopping and so much more!

Alpena Michigan

Check out Alpena Michigan! Incredible kayaking, wine tasting, sunken ship tours, great eats, see a bat hibernaculum, scenic biking and lots of places to explore!

Cheboygan Michigan

See the top things to do in Cheboygan Michigan! Discover scenic Lighthouses, sandy beaches, historic bridges and great eats!

Mackinac Island Michigan

Let's go to Mackinac Island!  Ride the ferry, book carriage rides, see Arch Rock, find the Somewhere in Time gazebo, tour the incredible Grand Hotel, rent bikes, discover our favorite restaurants!

Houghton Lake Michigan

Houghton Lake is fantastic in the winter and summer! Lake parties, great snowmobiling, winter festivals and fun!

Ludington Michigan

Ludington Michigan is an incredible lake town and Ludington State Park is absolutely incredible. See the dam and fill your days with camping, kayaking, shopping and beach days!

Old Mission Peninsula Michigan

See the top things to do on Old Mission Peninsula in the Traverse City region! Old Mission Peninsula is so incredibly scenic. Fantastic wine tasting, light house, beach, parks, nature preserves, biking and restaurants! 

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We're Sherry and Chris the founders of one of Michigan's most comprehensive and Top Travel Blogs!

    Sherry Trautman is a seasoned business owner and a multifaceted content creator, deeply entrenched in the world of travel in Michigan. With her extensive background in writing, editing, photography, marketing, website design, web mastering, social media, and publishing, she is the driving force behind the acclaimed Michigan Travel site "" A lifelong Michigander, Sherry's journey began in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan led her to St. Joseph during her formative years, and further to Kalamazoo for her higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Fine Art from Western Michigan University. Her career initially blossomed in Battle Creek, where she contributed significantly to aviation, marketing, and the art industry.

    In 2018, Sherry, alongside her husband Chris, embarked on a passionate endeavor with the inception of This venture was not just a business but a full-time commitment to exploring and celebrating the diverse landscapes and communities of Michigan. Together, they tirelessly traverse the state, curating unique experiences, capturing stunning visuals, and weaving engaging narratives that showcase Michigan's rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty. From her early experiences in different Michigander locales to her extensive professional background, Sherry's life and work epitomize a deep-rooted expertise in Michigan travel, making her an authoritative voice in this niche.

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