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Visiting Northern Michigan

Communities across northern Michigan celebrate summer by heading outdoors. In Traverse City, the annual National Cherry Festival is a big draw to venues all across town. Called the "Cherry Capital of the World," Traverse City expects to see a combined 500,000 people gather for nine days of cherry-themed events, most of which are free.

The 2016 National Cherry Festival goes from July 4th to 12th and truly offers something for everyone in the family. From Fourth of July fireworks to pancake breakfasts, movie screenings, beach volleyball tournaments, kid's big-wheel races, air shows, live music, barbecue food, pie eating contests, and so much more – the festival's got it all this year.

West of Traverse City, overlooking Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes are the perfect getaway for visitors seeking scenic hiking trails. There are several vantage points along the shore from which to enjoy an unforgettable sunset, and during the summer months, the water is warm enough for a swim.

Visitors to Sault Ste. Marie, which borders Canada on the state's Upper Peninsula, will find summertime's mild weather allows for the best experiences of the city's many attractions. Get a sense of the area's history via a Soo Locks Boat Tour. Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the water while being regaled by an informative tour guide. The Water Street Historic Block provides even more historical perspective – make sure to question the docents at both the Johnston House and Kemp Industrial Museum.

If it's just a relaxing day on the green you're after, Sault Ste. Marie offers multiple options to the public. Tanglewood Marsh Golf Course is an 18-hole, par-70 facility, and Sault Municipal Golf Course also has 18 holes, but with a par of 71.

The communities of Mackinaw City and St. Ignace face one another at the bottleneck between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Visitors to either community can hop aboard ferries to and from Mackinac Island to enjoy its defining feature, Mackinac Island State Park. Summer provides the best conditions for an exploration of the park's towering limestone bluffs, lush forests, historical monuments, and breathtaking views of the water. Cars are banned on the island, but the experience of a visit on foot, bike, horseback, or a carriage will ensure they won't be missed.

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9 Best Western Hotels
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  • Best Western Plus Dockside Waterfront Inn

    Mackinaw City

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    Saint Ignace

  • Best Western Sault Ste. Marie

    Sault Sainte Marie

  • Best Western Plus Traverse City

    Traverse City

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