There are plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy the Northern Michigan outdoors; below is a list of some more unconventional ways to please the thrill-seeker in all of us. These Northern Michigan outdoor adventures are not for the faint of heart, but they are great travel ideas for people who love high speeds and beautiful views. The following content was first featured in the July 2014 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.

Thinking adrenaline? Thinking bucket list? Thinking just plain summer fun? Consider these four ways to take in the North Country.

Helicopter Tours

Opt for the “Thrill Ride,” 30 minutes of chopper excitement for $299/person. Or something tamer, like a 7-minute spin around the bay for $55.

Purchase Helicopter Tours from Traverse City Helicopter Tours at

Grand Traverse Balloon Rides

Gorgeous! Up to 10 people fit into the basket. $349–$399 per person. Call 231.947.7433 or visit

Rent a Motorcycle

You, a Honda 700 and a Northern Michigan two-lane. Yours for a day through Northern Treat Motorcycle Adventures. $160/day, multi-day discounts available. $5/day for helmet.

Zipline (pictured above)

Zing, safely, through the air. Then do it again. $25 for two rides at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs ( $35 for three rides at Wildwood Rush, Boyne City. Packages available.

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