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SweetTrips Charter Destination Series: Northern Michigan

Mackinac Island archrock

Northern Michigan is home to several small- to medium-sized cities, extensive state and national forests, and a large portion of the Great Lakes shoreline, leaving room for an adventure for everyone! Here are just a few ideas of things you could do while exploring northern Michigan.

  1. Catch a Film at Northern Michigan’s Cherry Bowl Drive-in

Twenty minutes west of Traverse City, this drive-in has been showing first-run double features since 1953. To check out current film showings and hours, visit their website.

  • Visit Mackinac Island

Sitting in Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, Mackinac Island State Park features trails, woods, and the limestone Arch Rock formation. Whether you want to play golf, check out diverse dining, or visit historical sites, visitors have found this national landmark to be the ideal vacation spot for centuries.

  • Awaken the Sleeping Bear

If you enjoy the outdoors, then visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan. Visit the Glen Haven Village or the Maritime Museum, or just trek up the Dune Climb. On the hot days, dip your toes in the tranquil Loon Lake.

  • Explore the Les Cheneaux Islands

Thirty miles northeast of the Mackinac Bridge, these 36 islands provide sheltered channels, bays, and a historic harbor area for boaters and explorers. The base towns of these islands include Cedarville and Hessel, historic port towns offering art galleries, restaurants, and a boat-building school. Guides lead paddle trips at sunset during the summer, and winter trips combine snowshoeing with other traditional regional fun.


  • Visit a Top-rated Brewery or Winery

Although most popularly known for its pristine fresh water, northern Michigan also offers top-notch local beer and wine selections. For a list of breweries and wineries in the area you should try, check out this site.


Want to make your trip to northern Michigan a trip you’ll never forget? Schedule a helicopter or plane charter flight to your destination and save yourself time sitting in traffic or in a crowded terminal.

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