The stunning, 1300-acre Leelanau State Park, Michigan, is your vacation destination, sitting at the very tip of Leelanau County. At Leelanau State Park, Michigan, pitch a tent at one of the 55 rustic campsites, rent a mini cabin, or make a day out of exploring the 8.5 miles of hiking trails at this state park, its Grand Traverse Lighthouse museum and hidden beaches. No pets are allowed on the shoreline, because the area is prime nesting ground for the tiny, rare piping plover. Spot them (from a distance)—and find blissful solitude—at secluded Cathead Bay, reached by a ¾-mile walk from the parking lot, over forested dunes nearly as enchanting as the sandy cove beach. 231.386.5422, leelanaustatepark.com.
Grand Traverse Lighthouse
Exhibits feature lighthouse history and archaeology, shipwrecks and area Native American settlements, and new Historical Ghost walks bring that history to life in a particularly eerie way. A rare opportunity to live a lightkeeper’s life is offered through a volunteer keeper program. 15500 N. Lighthouse Pt. Road, Northport, 231.386.7195, grandtraverselighthouse.com.
Find it: 9 miles north of Northport on Lighthouse Point Rd.
Cornerstone: Leelanau State Park, Michigan