Fun Northern Michigan Weekend Getaway Spots

If you want to get away for the weekend and are looking for some good ideas for destinations, take a look at this handy weekend getaway guide from Ralph Thayer Automotive. Consider the following northern Michigan destinations when planning your next mini escape.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Main Street

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Truly nature's theme park, Mackinac Island offers something for everyone. Step back in time on this quaint island, which uses only horse and buggy, bicycles and walking as transportation. Top attractions to enjoy on the island include a visit to the Butterfly House featuring enclosed tropical gardens and hundreds of butterflies. Also fun to visit are Arch Rock, which is a rare limestone formation that stretches 150 feet above the water, and afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel.

www.mackinacisland.org
www.mackinac.com

 

Traverse City

Mackinac Island Main Street

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There's plenty to do in Traverse City, where you want to make sure to visit the popular Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This area features 64 miles of breathtaking views of the Lake Michigan shoreline and forested wilderness. Considered the "Cherry Capital of the World," the city offers up plenty of opportunities to taste the best cherry pie you'll ever eat. Other fun activities include biking on the bay and playing on championship golf courses.

www.traversecity.com
www.downtowntc.com

 

Charlevoix

Mackinac Island Main Street

Source: Wikipedia User Bobak Ha'Eri

Known as "Charlevoix the Beautiful," this small town in northwest Michigan is located next to Round Lake. Rent a cottage or stay at one of the many hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts. Activities abound at this peaceful retreat. It has a skateboard park, marina, golf course, seven parks and four beaches.

www.visitcharlevoix.com
 

 

Petoskey

Mackinac Island Main Street

Source: Wikipedia User Bobak Ha'Eri

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay, this popular vacation spot is famous as the place where Earnest Hemingway spent his early years sailing and fishing on nearby Walloon Lake. During your visit to Petoskey, stop in to the Little Traverse History Museum to take a peek at what the area was like during Hemmingway's time. Also visit the Petoskey State Park and stroll through the Historic Gaslight District, where there are plenty of shopping and places to dine.

www.petoskeyarea.com
www.visitpetoskeymichigan.com

 

We hope you enjoy your summer and this weekend getaway guide from Ralph Thayer Automotive!