If you hop in your car and skip up the Lake Michigan coastline about 20 minutes from Traverse City, you will find beautiful Elk Rapids, MI. Elk Rapids sits directly on Grand Traverse Bay. Home to some of the best public beaches in all of Michigan, beachgoers enjoy outstanding parks, playgrounds, boardwalks and of course, amazing sand and water. There isn't a bad Elk Rapids beach to watch the sunset over the distant Old Mission Peninsula and sparkling blue waters of Lake Michigan.
Elk Rapids is more than just a great beach. Featuring an adorable downtown district with great food options (try the oysters at Siren Hall, you won't be disappointed), cool places to shop and lots of fun things to look at, there is always something to do here. Don't forget to stop in to Java Jones for coffee and dessert too!
There are so many things to love about Elk Rapids, from the small town feel to the one of a kind eateries and community spots (the library is on an island at the shore of the bay!), to the awesome local festivals (don't miss Harbor Days in the summer), this is one Northern Michigan town you definitely want to spend some time in.