Northern Michigan is a wonderful vacation spot, but one location in particular stands out above the rest — the Leelanau Peninsula.
Heading northwest through Traverse City, you enter this small stretch of land brimming with picturesque sights, wineries, natural beauty, and small town charm.
The autumn colors in Leelanau county are brilliant, but they don’t stick around for long.
Simply driving around will allow visitors to see the many secluded farms of the area, sometimes hidden among the misty forests of Michigan’s north.
The small town of Leland, better known as Fishtown, is a small fishing community over 100 years old! This well-known tourist stop boasts a huge salmon ladder on the river that runs through town.
Cherry blossoms are a common sight in the spring. Nearby Traverse City is known as Cherry Capitol U.S.A. for a reason, as nearly half of the cherries in the U.S. are grown in Northern Michigan.
Lake Leelanau is a gorgeous, landlocked lake that runs through the middle of the peninsula. It is surrounded by graceful hills and farmland.
Driving down back roads in the fall is the best way to view all the colors or the leaves, and this region provides plenty of secluded, scenic routes to take.
Many beautiful beaches line the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, which runs along the eastern edge of Leelanau peninsula.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a wonderful place to hike and enjoy stunning views of Lake Michigan.
There are over 39,000 acre of cherry orchards in Northern Michigan, many of them located in Leelanau county.
A walk through Sleeping Bear Dunes is bursting with natural beauty, especially around sunrise and sunset.
Even in the winter time, Leelanau is a beautiful place. Most winters are so cold, ice caves form along the coast line.
Even the tiny town of Omena — which you can drive through in the blink of an eye — has some gorgeous sights to offer.
The dunes cover a 35-mile stretch of the Lake Michigan coast, and are some of the largest sand dunes in Michigan.
This barn is part of the Port Oneida Rural Historic District in the area of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Many of the old buildings still stand today.
Glen Lake is another small, beautiful lake in Leelanau that draws many visitors each year. The small town of Glen Arbor sits on its shores.
Sutton’s Bay is a small town that runs along Grand Traverse Bay and sees plenty of traffic in the summer busy season. Main street is best known for its eclectic stores and small town hospitality.
The sugar sand beaches of Sleeping Bear Point are enjoyed by many people year round.
There are many small rivers, streams, and brooks to be found winding their way through the forests of Leelanau. The Crystal River is but one scenic example.
The Leelanau peninsula is also well-known for its wineries and vineyards. There are over 24 wineries, vineyards, and breweries in the area, ranging from wine to cider, and even mead!