Whether you are motivated by geography, a specific activity or are just curious about some of the top places to visit in Michigan, this regional and city guide will be a useful tool as you plan your Pure Michigan getaway.
Throughout each region, opportunities abound for recreation, good eats (and drinks!), shopping, family fun, natural beauty and arts, culture and history. Regions in the Upper Peninsula can offer rugged natural beauty and outdoor adventure, while the southern regions are packed with attractions that make for lasting family memories. Find vibrant urban centers just a short drive away from quiet, rural retreats in the state’s central regions and head to northern regions to explore some of our most well-known vacation destinations.
Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes and boasting 11,000 inland lakes – a day on the water, whether fishing, boating, exploring or relaxing, is something every region of the state can offer. However, each community offers its own distinct culture and personality to make for hundreds of unique ways to experience the Lake Effect. Which region or city suits your Michigan adventure? Start your search here to take the scenic route. It’s all Pure Michigan.
Explore Michigan by region
Use the map below to explore the state of Michigan by Region. Hover over a section of the map to see the region name and click to see more.
The Ann Arbor area is consistently ranked as one of the best college towns in the country. From campus to city to our neighboring communities, the Ann Arbor area offers the best for any type of traveler! ...
Traverse City’s summer attractions are endless. Don’t miss the incredible scenery at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, enjoy the miles of sugar-sand beaches and sip your way through a wine tour...
Charlevoix is a favorite destination for "Up North" vacations. Relax on unspoiled beaches, enjoy the crystal clear fresh waters on a chartered sailboat, experience more than 20 trails and nature preserves and see historic architecture of the famed Earl Young Mushroom Houses.
Explore hundreds of spectacular waterfalls, go beachcombing for colorful stones on Lake Superior. Hike scenic trails, fish for trout. Tour historic copper mines. Whatever your pleasure, the Porcupine Mountains offers pristine and peaceful adventures.
Mount Bohemia is an 1,100 acre resort and the only all-inclusive resort in the Upper Peninsula. Meals, guided tours and equipment; Kayak, hiking, biking, fishing all for one price. Surrounded by forests, water and clear skies - nature at its best.
The Up North you've been looking for. Welcome to Manistee County, home of the Manistee River, the Manistee National Forest, world class fishing and the Manistee Northpier Lighthouse. Explore our great trails throughout the region.