Travel Benzie County

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Benzie County is situated between Manistee and Leelanau Counties, and is a part of the M-22 highway tour. Most people taking the M-22 tour start at the southern most section in Manistee, and work their way north. After exiting Manistee County and continuing up M-22, you'll arrive in Benzie County. Most people make a first stop at Inspiration Point just north of Arcadia. Benzie County borders Lake Michigan and has over a hundred lakes and the major Platte and Bestie Rivers running through it. The area is visited by fishermen, kayakers, boaters and all kinds of people who just love the water. Benzie County may be the smallest in the state, but it has a lot of character to admire.

Discover M-22 In Benzie County


Just a 15 minutes drive north of Arcadia, you'll come across the village of Elberta. Visit the clean beaches along Lake Michigan, try your hand at fishing and stop at Elberta's Waterfront Park and Elberta Dunes. Reach more about Elberta here.

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Less than five minutes north of Elberta and around Betsie Lake, you'll reach the small, bustling city of Frankfort with a dynamic downtown to explore and enjoy. As you head out north of Frankfort, visit the Point Betsie Lighthouse, one of the most famous lights along the lakeshore. Read more about Frankfort here.

Throughout Benzie County

US-31 runs right through the heart of Benzie county with personable Michigan towns along the way. Visit the Cherry Bowl Theater in Honor, Michigan, one of the last drive-in movie theaters in the nation, with the latest featured films, a miniature golf course and a classic 1950s atmosphere. Beulah and Benzonia have great dining options as well as unique boutiques. Near the Manistee-Benzie border, Crystal Mountain Resort offers exceptional golf during the summer and some of the best skiing and snowboarding around during the winter. Like Manistee County, you will find vast opportunities for hiking, kayaking, fishing and other outdoor recreation in Benzie.

Friendly, Small-Town Businesses

When you visit a community away from home, it's typical to find yourself eating out, shopping, or looking for things to do. Benzie County merchants are happy to serve you with a smile! So, browse at our downtown specialty stores in Benzie County and nearby. Relax, and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. Discover the many businesses ready to entertain you, or to provide you with a variety of services.

Quick Links for Benzie County Businesses

Travel M-22 in Northwest Michigan...

M-22 is a 116-mile stretch of road that winds through the scenic countryside of Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau counties, ending in Traverse City. This Northwest Michigan route is a Pure Michigan Byway, and is also part of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour.

Quick links to the counties along M-22:

Also See...

Manistee Fall Color Tour
Mason County Fall Color Tour
Oceana County Fall Color Tour

Benzie County is along the route of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour

Discover More Things to Do Near Benzie County...

Things to Do in Leelanau County -- In addition to Fishtown in downtown Leland, be sure to visit some of the other attractions found in Leelanau County.
Things to Do in Benzie County -- In addition to sandy beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline, the county is home of part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, lighthouses at Point Betsie and Frankfort, and the Betsie Valley Trail for hiking and biking along 22 miles from Elberta to Thompsonville.
Northwest Michigan Activities & Things to Do -- While in Northwest Michigan, visit beaches and lighthouses, antiques, art galleries, casinos and wineries and breweries, and more.
Northern Michigan Activities & Things to Do -- Northern Michigan offers many fun things to do for the entire family whatever the season, whatever the reason!
West Michigan Things to Do -- Check this site out for West Michigan activities in the towns of Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and more.

Last Updated: 11-15-2018 02:43 PM ID: 1880