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.


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


  • 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

Beaver Island Harbor Light



Get in


Get around

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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