Michigan "Up North" Vacations
North Michigan vacations are a perfect way to enjoy a quick northern
getaway or a full northern Michigan road trip. Northern Michigan
vacations traditionally have meant a getaway to upper Michigan, the
upper peninsula. Today, these up north Michigan trips can be enjoyed
year round and all over the state.
To those of us who grew up in Michigan, "up north" began north of
Clare and in some cases north of Indian River. 100 years ago "up north"
meant the Frontier, any place north of the Sauk Trail.
ACROSS THE FRONTIER
Historically speaking it wasn't always this way. When Michigan was
being opened to exploration and settlement, most folks arrived in
Detroit first. Going west from there usually involved a journey down
the Great Sauk Trail, US 12 today, to Chicago.
That road was the frontier. Up north of that road was wilderness
Michigan where even wolverines were known to prowl.
Traditionally we think of "up north" in Michigan as the territory
from Clare to "the bridge". Treasures and legends abound from Lake
Huron to Lake Michigan.
The upper peninsula of Michigan is as different from the lower as
can be imagined. Nearly a third of the land mass of the state, the
upper offers amazing variety east and west.
Up North Michigan is a road trip guide for your up north vacation or
Michigan up north getaway. You will find towns for living, urban
secrets to rediscover in some of our better known towns and historic
destinations that are within driving distance of home. There are
waterfalls, trees and sturgeon. Small inns and old Michigan
destinations that you may have overlooked may be around the next
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