Trail above Lake Michigan in Empire
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Northwest Michigan

Million-dollar sunsets and picture-perfect views.

Michigan’s northwest region offers a rich blend of adventure, relaxation and breathtaking natural attractions, making it a must for your travel bucket list.

Don’t miss “The Most Beautiful Place in America,” also known as Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore. In addition to epic sand dunes, the park features forested trails, starry skies, historical sites and ancient glacial phenomena. A drive along M-22 will prove though that this is no diamond in the rough—Lake Michigan and the countless inland lakes in the region offer a chance to experience a “Lake Effect" like no other.

The terroir comes to life at more than 30 wineries on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula, and tart cherries, apples and more offer tempting tastes for travelers. Visit quaint downtowns with unique, boutique shops and discover endless outdoor adventures, no matter the season. Schedule a tee-time in America’s Summer Golf Capital or head to resorts that cater to adventure seekers and spa-goers alike in northwest Michigan.

The gateway to the Upper Peninsula. Experience Colonial Michilimackinac, the Old Mackinac Point...

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Situated near the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, Northport is a...

Nestled on the crystal-clear blue waters of Elk Lake, Elk Rapids is a true escape from...

On the shores of beautiful Lake Charlevoix, Boyne City offers outdoor enthusiasts year-round...

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Aerial photo of downtown Petoskey
This trip hugs the shoreline of Lake Michigan and some of its most scenic bays through regions that have drawn visitors since the Victorian era and have retained tons of vacation charm. Recommended detours lead to patchwork views of orchards and bays—and some of the state's best wine.
Fields of a vineyard
Use this trip guide to help you explore what Old Mission Peninsula has to offer, where there are enough wine and culinary amenities, scenic hikes and beaches, antique shops and cozy inns for a vacation in itself. 
A lookout over Lake Michigan at sunset.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to plenty of options for scenic hiking through hardwood forests, paddling crystal clear rivers, climbing, biking, beach-going and camping.
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