Located on Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Grand Marias has a meager population of 350 people. With a single school for grades K-12, the locals are very familiar with one another which gives this little village its close-knit, communal feel. During your stay here you can tour the famous Pickle Barrel House Museum, have a beer at the Lake Superior Brewing Company, scour the beach for agate stones, and test your endurance with a climb up the log slide!
Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Ludington is a natural paradise of sandy beaches, sunshine, and unbeatable scenery! There are plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities throughout every season, from sandcastle building in the summer to cross-country skiing in the winter. During your visit, be sure to spend some time downtown where you'll find chic boutiques, art galleries, and breweries. Don't leave town without grabbing a bite to eat at the famous House of Flavors, which is Michigan's largest ice cream manufacturer, producing 25 million gallons of ice cream each year!
Boasting rich historical beauty, the Bavarian-themed town of Frankenmuth is overflowing with charm. From family-oriented activities like Zehnder's indoor waterpark to fun festivals like Oktoberfest and the World Expo of Beer, there is something for everyone! A trip to Frankenmuth wouldn't be complete without a visit to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, the world's largest Christmas store, which is open year round! Known for world-famous chicken dinners and German cuisine, a quick walk down main street will greet you with plenty of mouthwatering aromas and delicious dining opportunities.
Spanning less than four square miles, Mackinac Island is home to merely 500 residents. To access the island you'll need to be ferried across the beautiful waters of Lake Huron, between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the island, with the exception of emergency service vehicles, so the streets are filled with bicyclists and the sounds of horse-clops and wagon wheels never cease. During your visit, be sure to tour the historical Fort Mackinac, sample some fresh fudge flavors, and rent a bike for a picturesque ride around the island's perimeter!
Known appropriately as "Charlevoix the Beautiful," there is no shortage of charm in this northern Michigan town! From unspoiled beaches stretching beside clear blue waters to wonderful hiking trails lined with wildflowers, natural beauty abounds! During your visit, be sure to make the drive to the Earl Young Mushroom Houses, hunt for Petoskey stones at Michigan Beach Park, and soak up the sun at the North Point Nature Preserve! Charlevoix is also a utopia for craft beer lovers with Lake Charlevoix Brewing Co. and the Bridge Street Tap Room located right in the heart of downtown, and other famous brew spots like Shorts Brewing Co., Petoskey Brewing Co., and Beards Brewing Co. less than half an hour away!
As Michigan's northernmost community, Copper Harbor is a truly unique town abundant with rugged backcountry expanses and breathtaking Lake Superior scenes. Take your pick from a broad range of outdoor recreational activities with world-class mountain biking trails and stunning waterways perfect for kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing. During your visit, be sure to browse the town's gift shops, take a scenic cruise down Brockway Mountain Drive, and sip on some tasty experimental beers at Brickside Brewery! With an active wildlife population, Copper Harbor is also an ideal destination for birdwatchers and photographers.