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Voted #1 Scenic Drive in the USA

M-22 was voted #1 Best Scenic Autumn drive by the fans of USA Today.  Explore this scenic byway in any season.  Manistee County is the gateway for this amazing Northern Michigan road.

Explore our Coastline and Lake Michigan

25 miles of sugar sand beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline make Manistee County a top beach destination.

Play all 9 Championship Golf Courses

With 9 championship golf courses in Manistee County, including one of the top public courses in the Country in Arcadia Bluffs, we welcome you to try each of our 144 holes of golf in the area.

Explore our Historic Sites

Take a trip back in time and enjoy our historic self-guided tour series and explore over 100 Manistee County historic sites.

Read about Great Lakes Shipping in Manistee

Read about what its like to maneuver a freighter through our downtown.

Welcome to Manistee County, Michigan

A Pure Michigan Passion Destination in Northwest Michigan.

Natural beauty.  It’s northern Michigan’s claim to fame, and it flourishes in Manistee County.  There are no big cities or suburban sprawl in our section of the Pure Michigan Mitten. Enjoy our 25 miles of sandy Lake Michigan shoreline, three Lake Michigan harbors, inland lakes, 270 miles of rivers and four-season fisheries. Visit our charming, historic towns and marvel at our fertile farms and lush orchards, and our thousands of acres of Manistee National Forest.

There are opportunities year-round to explore our county by foot, bicycle, motorcycle and auto, x-country ski, snowshoe, ATV, snowmobile, boat, kayak and canoe, as roads, trails, rivers and lakes crisscross throughout the county.  You can even explore the county by air.  Use this official tourism site in Manistee County as your complete tourism resource for traveling to Manistee and Northwest Michigan.

Here’s a sneak peak of our Hops & Props Festival. Find more on our upcoming events here.

Experience a “Snow Day”
Enjoy a perfect snow day!

Looking for Fall Color Routes?
Access all of our scenic routes!

First Time Visitors
Plan for your Summer Vacation…

Manistee County – The Gateway to the M22 Scenic Highway

Attend an Event in Manistee County

With so many events to explore, it is hard to just pick one.  Browse our complete county-wide event calendar here.  You may also visit the signature event websites for key events such as: Hops and Props on the River, Victorian Sleighbell Festival, Manistee National Forest Festival and Grapes on the River.

Explore the Regions of Manistee County

In all of our regions, an appreciation of adventure melds with a love of nature and an entrepreneurial spirit. Whether large or small, our lodging properties, restaurants, shops and businesses — many owner-operated by multiple generations — are staffed by area residents focused on hospitality and customer service. Our festivals, events and activities in each region will take you back to a simpler time.

Explore the Manistee Region
Home to numerous festivals and events along with the Manistee River Channel where 600′ great lakes freighters frequently navigate the channel.  Also home to abundant entertainment and culture.

Explore the North Coast
Small communities and coastal living is what the North Coast is all about.  Explore the miles of Lake Michigan shoreline along with inland lakes and streams of Onekama, Arcadia and Bear Lake.

Explore the North Woods
Extreme sports and outdoor adventures are abundant in the North Woods.  With drag ways, ORV trails and some of the best snowmobiling in the region, there is plenty to explore in the North Woods.

Explore River Country
Paddling rivers and top fishing streams are in full supply in the River Country.  With three primary rivers, white water opportunities and world record fishing, River Country is an outdoor adventurers dream.

Try A Self-Guided Tour in Manistee County

We have taken the guess work out of traveling in Manistee County with our self-guided tour series. We have compiled 15 self-guided tours so far and continue to add more each year as you, our loyal travelers, provide feedback on how you want to explore our region.  Browse our latest tours below.