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Northern Michigan Cities to Visit

Planning a trip to northern Michigan? We put together a list of some of our favorite cities to visit while you’re in the area.

Boyne City

This charming town sits on shores of Lake Charlevoix. It’s 4th of July Festival was recognized as one of the best small-town celebrations in the nation by USA Today in 2016. It’s also home to the annual Boyne Thunder boat race and the National Morel Mushroom Festival. Plus, it’s where the headquarters for Northern Michigan Escapes is located. If you’re ever walking around downtown, be sure to stop in!

Boyne Falls

Home to one of the Michigan’s top-rated resorts, Boyne Mountain, this is the perfect place for someone who is looking to hit the slopes, play a round of golf, or even go on a zip-lining adventure.


A unique, little town, Charlevoix is located along Round Lake and the channel that connects Lake Charlevoix and Round Lake to Lake Michigan. About 10 minutes from downtown is Castle Farms, a stunning 1918 dairy farm that was modeled after stone barns and castles in Normandy, France that looks like it came straight out of a fairytale.

East Jordan

Nature abounds here where the famed Jordan River meets Lake Charlevoix. You can enjoy all of this by partaking in the myriad of recreational activities the area has to offer, or by “getting away from it all”.

Harbor Springs

Located on the north side of Little Traverse Bay, this 100-year-old waterfront community has the deepest harbor in the Great Lakes. It’s also a destination town for ski enthusiasts with Boyne Highland Resort and Nubs Nob Ski Resort being a short drive from downtown.

Mackinaw City

As the most northern city in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, it’s your last stop before crossing the Mackinac Bridge. While you’re there, take some time to visit Fort Michilimackinac (pronounced: mish-il-ə-MAK-in-aô), an 18th-century fort and fur-trading village that takes you back to life in 1776.

Mackinac Island

This one-of-a-kind destination is a must see for anyone visiting Northern Michigan. With no cars on the island, it’s like you’ve gone back in time from the second you step off the ferry. Also, while you’re there, you need to get a piece of the amazing handmade fudge.


Nestled along the shores of Little Traverse Bay, this beautiful town attracts visitors from all around. Downtown overlooks the bay and boasts numerous unique restaurants and shops. If you visit the beaches in the area keep your eyes peeled for Michigan’s state stone, the Petoskey stone.

Traverse City

Surrounded by nature’s beauty, you will find the Sleeping Bear Dunes at the United States National Lake Shore perched along Lake Michigan near here. While you’re visiting the area, be sure to visit some of the local lighthouses, restaurants, wineries, breweries, golf courses, and much more. If you’re visiting in the summer, take yourself out to the ball game and watch Traverse City’s minor league baseball team the Pit Spitters play, too.

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