Skip to content

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

National Park
“There are many things to see and do in the National Park. For first time visitors, the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire is a great place to start. The highlights you will not want to miss are the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and the Dune Climb! ”
  • 95 locals recommend
National Park
““America’s best” beaches, views, trails and quaint Leelanau county towns with interesting shops and eateries. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“A childhood favorite of mine. Sand dunes to climb and trails to hike. Fantastic views of Lake Michigan.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The view is spectacular. Ignore the signs and go to the bottom for a swim...unless you don't think you'll make it back up. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
$$
“This is a classic restaurant/bar with pretty good food and a good selection of drinks. It's cash only though so be prepared! ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“Another local favorite hiking spot, taking you to breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. Just beautiful!”
  • 15 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“This is a must do for visitors. Not for the faint at heart. It looks easier than it is. You can get to Lake Michigan from the dunes, but it is about a 3 mile hike. Kids love the dunes!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bakery
“This is a great place for kids and families. Taste wines or sodas and sample the goods in the store. If you're hungry, the Public House has good options for meals and dessert and a fun drink selection. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Head to this section of Glen Arbor for fun clothes/gifts, wine tasting, bike and kayak rentals. A float down the Crystal River is fun and beautiful. In the fall, you can sometimes catch the salmon swimming upstream. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Route
“Whether you want to go hiking, swimming, dune climbing, or Petoskey stone hunting, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park has it all! There are several entrance points, but we recommend taking Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Boonedocks All-American menu offers a variety of steaks, fish, soups, salads and sandwiches.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Yet another wonderful hiking trail that boast incredible views of Glen Lake & Lake Michigan. If you have time its another must see!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Hardware Store
“Avoid the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Tourist Trap. Go to Glen Haven, Turn Left if you are headed toward the water at Glen Haven, go to the end of the road. Best hike you can imagine!!! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“There are lots of good options here for coffee lovers and the vibe is unpretentious and relaxed. They serve some pastries too if you're hungry. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Trail
“Best bike trail around, good for walking too. A perfect afternoon is getting on by Good Harbor and biking to Glen Arbor for lunch. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Ancient cedars, lovely secluded beaches, camping available, great ferry ride across Manitou Straights from Leland Township Marina to South Manitou Island.”
  • 5 locals recommend