After the unprecedented year that was 2020, we’re all looking ahead to 2021. We think it’s important to take time to look back, too. Reflect on this past year by reading mynorth.com’s most popular stories of 2020. From summer rock hunting to spring mushroom foraging and beyond, these stories encapsulate the beautiful place we call home.
1. Guide to Michigan’s Iconic Tunnel of Trees on M-119
By Marty Hair // Photo by Connor Gray
The Tunnel of Trees is one of Northern Michigan’s most iconic (and beloved) attractions. Drive through it with the help of this guide.
2. Michigan Rock Hunting is the Best on Earth
By Carly Simpson // Photo by Lucy Hunter
Northern Michigan is home to some of the best rock hunting beaches in the world. Learn all about the different rocks you can find (and the different beaches you can find them on).
3. Northern Michigan Fall Color Map
By Carly Simpson
Fall color maps were popular in 2020, as everyone was interested in finding the best time to see peak color. Keep an eye out for next year’s fall color map, which will start in late-September.
4. 10 Stunning Northern Michigan Summer Vacation Spots
By Kim Schneider // Photo by Aaron Peterson
Find the Northern Michigan summer vacation vibe you crave with an escape to one (or more) of these destinations.
5. The Ultimate M22 Road Trip in Northern Michigan
By Julie Case // Photo by Grant Piering
Drive Northern Michigan’s most iconic highway, and stop at the best shops, restaurants, and scenic overlooks along the way.
6. The Best Things to Do at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
By Lou Blouin // Photo by Aaron Peterson
If you’re considering taking a trip up to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, use this guide to find the best natural attractions it has to offer.
7. 9 Essential Sleeping Bear Dunes Attractions & Activities
By Evan Perry // Photo by Taylor Brown
Discover the best sights to see and things to do around the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
8. Vacation Inspiration: Torch Lake is a Water-Lover’s Paradise
By Lissa Edwards // Photo by Dave Weidner
Learn all about Torch Lake, a watery gem of Northern Michigan, including information on how to find it, boat it, and fish it.
9. Autumn’s Gourmet Forest: Fall Mushrooming in Northern Michigan
By Tim Tebeau //Photo by Todd Zawistowski
Check in with Darren Hawley, both ’shroom hunter and chef, for tips on fall mushrooming and preparing these delectable forest finds.
10. 10 Best Northern Michigan Campgrounds
By Carly Simpson // Photo by Lydia Mejia
Pack the car and head out for a long weekend at these Northern Michigan campgrounds, voted the best in the north by our readers.