Northern Michigan Tourism
Northern Michigan is one of those places where it's all about
the outdoors, from the majestic sand dunes along Lake Michigan to a
traditional drive-in movie theater.
The biggest attraction is
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a wonder of Mother Nature
that has some of the steepest sand dunes anywhere in the country
and some of the clearest water anywhere in Lake Michigan. Heed the
warning signs at the steep dunes off of Stocking Scenic Drive. The
downhill run takes less than a minute, but the climb back up can
take 90 minutes or more and is a challenge for even the fittest
You also can get to the water
the easy way-by driving there. We chose the beach at Glen Haven,
mostly because it was just up the road from our real destination:
Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor. This restaurant, gift shop and
cherry mecca celebrates the region's No. 1 crop with original
creations, ranging from the cherry chicken salad to the most
amazing hamburger I have ever eaten. Adding cherries to the meat
results in a yummy melt-in-your-mouth burger, although the cherry
ketchup was a bit much.
In Traverse City, rent bikes
to explore the miles of bike trails or simply take a walk along the
harbor, then jump on the mini train for a short ride around the
lakefront park. Don't leave town without taking in a Beach Bums
game. This Frontier League team makes a family outing to a baseball
game fun again.
If your kids have never been
to a drive-in movie, head to the Cherry Bowl Drive-In in Honor.
It's the real deal. The snack stand has the look of a 1950s
original, as do the trailers, ads and shorts that run before the
marquee movie. Is this a great way to see a movie? No. But it's a
great experience. Go on your birthday and the booming voice of
owner Harry Clark will let everyone know-and everyone will honk
their horns to wish you a happy birthday.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
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