northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan

Northern Michigan should not be confused with the Upper Peninsula. Although a bit inaccurate, the term "Northern Michigan" is used to refer to only the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan... the "fingers" of that mitten-shaped body of land.

Northern Michigan is popular for its outdoor recreation opportunities, including Michigan's premiere ski slopes, hunting, fishing, golf courses, and beaches.

Regions

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Map of Northern Michigan
  Grand Traverse Bay Area
the pinky and ring finger
  Mackinac Area
the tip of the middle finger
  Northeastern Michigan
the index finger

Cities

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  • 1 Arcadia
  • 2 Alpena-- Home of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve
  • 3 Bay Harbor - Luxurious Destination situated on five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline
  • 4 Cadillac
  • 5 Cheboygan
  • 6 Charlevoix -- Charming coastal city with vast waterfront and unique homes
  • 7 Frankfort
  • 8 Gladwin   -- Where The North Begins
  • 9 Grayling
  • 10 Honor
  • 11 Harbor Springs -- Home to two ski resorts, Nub's Nob, and Boyne Highlands
  • 12 Mackinaw City -- Less expensive, modern alternative to staying on Mackinac Island
  • 13 Petoskey
  • 14 Reed City
  • 15 Traverse City -- Home of the National Cherry Festival - Traverse City Film Festival
  • 16 Atlanta
  • 17 Gaylord

Other destinations

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Beaver Island Harbor Light

Understand

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Get around

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Fort Michilimackinac
  • The Mackinac Bridge - known as the "Mighty Mac" or (against the wishes of a certain burger merchant) "Big Mac", is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the non-contiguous Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan.
  • Fort Michilimackinac - Founded in 1715 as a French fur-trading village and military outpost, Michilimackinac was later occupied by the British who abandoned it in 1780 to establish a new fort on Mackinac Island. What you see today on this site is a reconstruction of how the fortified village appeared in the 1770s, based on evidence gathered during the nation's longest archaeological excavation.
  • Polish Art Center, 8994 South Kasson Street (in Cedar, which is 20 miles from Traverse City), +1 231 835 2242. M-Sa 10AM - 6PM ET; Su noon - 4PM ET.

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