Michigan offers a variety of getaways suited for all types of people--from the avid outdoors enthusiast to the couple looking for a romantic, tranquil setting. Northern Michigan, in particular, is a hidden gem of the Midwest, with its access to many lakes, trails, sand dunes and natural wonders.
Sleeping Bear Dunes
The Sleeping Bear Dunes are a great place for a Michigan getaway. Located on the Leelanau Peninsula, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is nestled along Lake Michigan and features 400-foot sand dunes you can climb and explore. The Dune Climb at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park is a 3.5-mile round trip hike up and down a variety of challenging sand dunes that ends in the pristine waters of Lake Michigan. This is well-suited for families, couples, hikers and lovers of the outdoors. When you're done, take a drive along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, a 7.4-mile stretch of lakes and natural beauty. Another nearby attraction is Glen Haven, a restored logging village located along the shores of Lake Michigan. Nearby Glen Lake has a variety of quaint, country-style lodging options overlooking the blue waters of Big Glen or Little Glen Lake. Or there are a number of campsites available along the Leelanau Peninsula.
Sleeping Bear Dunes
9922 West Front St.
Mackinac Island is a small island located between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas along Lake Huron. The island is full of history--having been the site of battles during the American Revolutionary War and War of 1812. It is only accessible by ferry and there are no cars allowed on the island. Transportation on the island is either by horse-drawn carriage or bicycles. Mackinac is an excellent getaway spot where you can still get plenty of exercise. Rent a bike and make the eight-mile trek around the island, stopping to look at scenic cliffs, bluffs and lake views. Other activities include hiking, running and plenty of water sports. The island offers many lodging types, from the historic Grand Hotel, a historic, elegant hotel that resembles the White House and features the largest porch in the world, to the small, quaint cottages you can rent. Plenty of restaurants will leave you with many dining options on your getaway to this historic island.
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau
7274 Huron St.
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Say the word "Boyne" and most Michiganders will know what you mean. "Boyne" refers to a group of resorts called Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands located in the small northern Michigan towns of Boyne Falls and Harbor Springs, respectively. The Boyne resorts offer getaways for all four seasons. In the winter, activities include skiing, snowboarding, hiking, ice skating, snow tubing and dog sledding. In the summer, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, golfing and fishing are available. Each of the kid-friendly resorts at Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands also offers several indoor and outdoor pools and a water park. Boyne offers something for everyone, from couples looking for a romantic weekend to families looking for a fun-filled getaway.
One Boyne Mountain Road
Boyne Falls, MI 49713