The Upper Peninsula and North Michigan region of Lake Huron offers a wide range of options for those looking to rent a vacation home. If you enjoy a bit of nightlife, stay on Mackinac Island. If you prefer a quieter vacation, consider Bois Blanc Island or Cedarville. From the historical sites of St. Ignace to Huron Beach, you can find whatever you’re looking for near Lake Huron. Here are the top 10 Lake Huron vacation rental locations in this area.

1. Mackinac Island

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The beautiful Mackinac Island packs a lot into an area of 4.5 square miles, and is the perfection vacation rental location for those looking for a mix of nature and nightlife. Much of the island is covered by Mackinac Island State Park, offering historical sites, a butterfly garden, and 140 miles of trails for hiking and biking. In downtown Mackinac Island, there are plenty of restaurants, shops, tea rooms, jazz clubs, and other entertainment venues catering to visitors of all ages.

2. Mackinaw City

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Vacation in Mackinaw City to enjoy the stunning views of Mackinac Bridge and Lake Huron. Spend the day with the family at Colonial Michilimackinac to see what life was like living in a fur-trading village during the 18th century. For an adrenaline rush, head over to Adrenaline Falls Adventure Zipline, and soar through the air over waterfalls and trees. Afterward, watch the sunset over Lake Huron from the porch of your vacation rental.

3. Cheboygan

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Cheboygan is known as “the Gateway to the Waterways” and it’s easy to see why. Visitors and residents have easy access to the Straits of Mackinac, Lake Huron, and several rivers. There are plenty of opportunities to go fishing and boating along the waterways, including right in downtown Cheboygan. Hikers enjoy the beautiful scenery on the North Central State Trail and North Eastern State Trail. Your vacation rental also puts you within walking distance of many shops and restaurants, including the historic Cheboygan Brewing Company.

4. St. Ignace

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The town of St. Ignace offers easy access to Mackinac Island by ferry, plus several historical attractions right in town. Stop by Fort de Baude Museum and Museum of Ojibwa Culture to learn more about the Native Americans who lived in the region. St. Ignace is also home to Hiawatha National Forest and the famed Mystery Spot, where gravity seems to be different. Kids won’t want to miss this, and it’s just a short trip from your vacation rental.

5. Bois Blanc Island

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Bois Blanc Island is the perfect option for those who want a quiet, relaxing getaway. Your vacation rental gives you front seat viewing to the lake and wildlife in the surrounding meadow and forest. Take a leisurely stroll to view the Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse, then pick up some groceries at the general store for a peaceful dinner along the shore.

6. Huron Beach

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If you love the beach, then Huron Beach is the place for you. Rent a vacation home right on the sandy beach for quick access to the water anytime during the day. Go swimming or kayaking, or simply set up some chairs in the sand and enjoy the amazing sunrise and sunset over the lake.

7. Drummond Island

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Drummond Island is the second largest freshwater island in the country, with plenty of things to see and do from your vacation rental home. The island features 27 holes of golf, closed loop trail systems for off-road ATVs, and excellent cross-country skiing. Dive to one of the 17 shipwrecks near the shore with the DeTour Passage Underwater Preserve, or hike through 1,210-acre Maxton Plains Preserve to catch a glimpse of some rare species.

8. Hessel

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The 170-year-old village of Hessel is a lively community, with several local shops and restaurants surrounding by nature. Take a walk from your vacation rental to Hessel Marina to rent a boat out on the lake, or watch the boat come in on the docks. Foodies enjoy the local cuisine prepared by student chefs of The Les Cheneaux Culinary School. Reserve The Chef’s Table to watch a chef prepare your meal right before your eyes.

9. Cedarville

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If you prefer a quiet community but still want access to the Les Cheneaux Islands, consider a vacation rental in Cedarville. Located right on the water, the area offers kayaking, boating, bird watching, hiking, and biking. Spend the day enjoying all the region has to offer, then can retire in the evening to the peaceful oasis of your vacation rental.

10. Oscoda

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Surrounded by natural beauty, Oscoda is a nature lover’s paradise. The town has been designated as the official home of Paul Bunyan, and visitors to the area can honor him with a stop at the Lumberman’s Monument. From your vacation rental, you have the choice of four lakeside parks, 35,000 acres of hiking trails, and more than 10 miles of beaches. Visit Largo Springs for panoramic views of the natural springs from the boardwalk, or take a scenic drive from Lake Huron to the Huron National Forest on the River Road Scenic Byway.