Benzie County is filled with "Up North" scenery and that wonderful Northern Michigan feeling. Whether Benzie County is your destination, or if you are passing through on your way to Traverse City or the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, there is so much to see and do!
Benzie County is home to the southern most section of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which runs along the coast line of Benzie and Leelanau counties. Within this region is beautiful Crystal Lake with its numerous summer homes, and Platte Lake. Whether you travel up scenic M-22 or US-31, stop into one of the small towns in Benzie County, like Frankfort, Elberta, Benzonia, and Beulah.
Truly inspiring, Inspiration Point provides one of the best views of Lake Michigan in Benzie County. Right alone M-22 Scenic Highway, the breathtaking view of Lake Michigan is worth the climb to the top of the stairs of the scenic lookout. Not only is the view of the lake amazing, but you'll see miles and miles of countryside from the surrounding land. Telescopes have recently been added to two different levels of deck at the scenic lookout, and you might even get a glimpse of Wisconsin's shore. It's a great place to take a break from driving and catch a fresh, Lake Michigan breeze.
Right along the shore of Lake Michigan, Frankfort is a charming town with pristine beaches, beautiful Victorian homes and a fantastic downtown shopping district. From Farmer's Markets to art galleries to specialty shops...you'll enjoy walking from store to store. A variety of restaurants are in abundance to provide you with the finest dining experience. Be sure to visit both Point Betsie Lighthouse and Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse for great views of Lake Michigan and try your hand at fishing.
BeulahThe village of Beulah is just two minutes north of Benzonia, and right along the shores of Crystal Lake on US-31. Known for its small, friendly stores, antique shops and the Cherry Hut restaurant, Beulah is a friendly, small town of less than 400 people.
HonorLess than 10 minutes north-east of Beulah along US-31, Honor is another friendly small town in the heart of Benzie County. Honor is located in a beautiful river valley along a top-notch Trout Stream called the Platte River. Each year during the month of August, this sleepy little town comes alive to host the "National Coho Festival," honoring the 'salmon run' along the first river that began salmon fishing in Michigan. Honor is known as the Coho Capital because each year, Coho Salmon make their way back up River to their birthplace, the Platte River State Fish Hatchery just outside of town. Honor is also known for the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater, the only Drive-In Theater left in Northern Michigan, and and because of its close proximity, Honor is also considered a gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Benzie County Festivals & EventsAny season--any time--Benzie County is a great place to be. There's always something fun going on, no matter what time of year. You'll never be bored in Benzie County!
Some of Benzie County's Top Events
- Frankfort Arts & Crafts Fairs
- Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre Festival
- Annual National Coho Salmon Festival
- Beulah Winterfest
- Benzie County Fallfest
- Frankfort Film Festival
Friendly, Small-Town BusinessesWhen 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.
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There's So Much to Love About Benzie County...
- Discover M-22 in Northwest Michigan's Benzie County
- Take a Fall Color Tour Through Manistee County
- Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre Brings The Bard to Benzie County
- Explore Benzie County's Festivals and Events
- Visit Peaceful Elberta in Benzie County
- Explore Frankfort's Arts and Crafts Fairs
- Viewing the Northern Lights in Northwest Michigan
- Visit the Friendly Town of Frankfort in Benzie County
- Benzie County Travel Information
- Visit Point Betsie Lighthouse