MI Summer Day Trip Idea: Traverse City and Northern Michigan

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Traverse City and Northern Michigan is the perfect place to travel to for a day, especially in the summer! We can think of so many reasons why West Michigan is one of our favorite places and one of those reasons is the many different day trips you can take from the area. If you’re looking for a fun summer day trip to plan before the end of summer, then look no further! Keep scrolling to plan your Traverse City day trip.

#1 Start your morning with coffee from Mundos Roasting & Co

Mundos Roasting and Co  is a local Traverse City coffee shop we LOVE and is the perfect place to fuel up for your day after the drive up to the city. They also have a small breakfast/brunch menu if you need some food!

Coffee from Mundos Coffee

#2 Get some shopping in at the local spots Downtown Traverse City

Downtown Traverse City is the perfect place for the shopping obsessed and has a variety of local shops to choose from. Here’s a list of some you should definitely check out:

Cherry Republic

Cherry Hill Boutique

Captains Quarters


Golden Shoes

#3 Stop for donuts at Peace, Love and Little Donuts

The cutest and yummiest little donuts! Located at 441 E Front St #1, Traverse City, MI 49686

Peace, Love and Little Donuts

#4 You can’t visit Traverse City without some wine tasting

Traverse City and Northern Michigan is known for the many vineyards it’s home to. One vineyard we’ve visited up there is Hawthorn Vineyards and it is absolutely beautiful and the perfect place for some wine tasting. 

#5 Make the drive over to the lakeshore to do some tubing down the Platte River with your besties!

Riverside Canoes is a great place to rent tubes, kayaks, or canoes to float down the gorgeous Platte River. The river is beautifully clear water and spits out on the Lake Michigan lakeshore where you can enjoy some time on the beach once you drop off your tubes. 

Tubing down the Platte RIver

#6 Finish your night by getting dinner in Glen Arbor

Glen Arbor is another cute Northern Michigan lakeshore town that’s worth visiting! Here’s a short list of restaurants in Glen Arbor to get some good food at: 

Cherry Public House

Good Harbor House


Northern Michigan is full of breathtaking views of the lakeshore, towering dunes, beautiful vineyards, and a place to make memories. Let us know if you spend the day in Traverse City and tag us in your posts @thelocal.westmichigan 

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