If you are traveling through the state of Michigan…
And find that you are looking for a quiet spot to kick back and relax, consider one of these small towns. Much like the heavily traveled tourist cities of Traverse City and Glen Arbor, these towns have picturesque lakefronts, plenty of outdoor activities and a variety of cultural attractions to enjoy all year round.
When you are heading toward the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Cadillac is the first northern town you encounter that makes you feel like you have made it “Up North.” The trees become greener, the forests are fuller, and suddenly there are bodies of water all around you. The year-round population of the town is roughly 10,000 people but there is always an influx of people throughout the summer. There are over 3,700 acres of fishing opportunities, 300 miles of hiking trails and a wide array of national forest to explore in this beautiful resort town.
Located on the deepest harbor of the Great Lake, near the north shore of the Little Traverse Bay you will find the quaint community of Harbor Springs. The town’s population is roughly 1200 permanent residence but this spot has been a thriving tourist destination since before the turn of the century. Tourists are drawn to it because of the natural beauty, outdoor recreational activities and abundance of cultural attractions. There are annual art shows, regattas and a plethora of summer and winter activities to keep any member of the family happy.
Situated on the shores of Lake Charlevoix is a tiny town that has a lot to offer. It does not matter what time of year you visit Boyne City, you will always find something to entertain you and your family. In the summer tourists flock to the town for fishing and camping, in the winter skiing and snowmobiling enthusiasts take advantage of the fresh powder and the fall brings in people seeking color tours when the trees are awash in golden red and yellow hues. If you enjoy the simple process of communing with nature take advantage of the beautiful River Walk the runs along the lake front. It is the perfect spot for a morning walk or an evening stroll.