Destination guide

The natural setting of Empire is ready to explore

The parks, lake and beaches display a scene truly unique to Empire. This scenic and welcoming city entices travellers with its hiking and coffee shops. A holiday rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in and around Empire

Do you want to find things to do in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that Empire has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Empire Bluff Trail (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Mistwood Golf Course (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Manitou Passage Golf Club (10.5 mi / 16.9 km)
  • Old Indian Trail (12.3 mi / 19.7 km)
  • Pinecroft Golf Course (14.5 mi / 23.3 km)
  • Betsie Valley Trail (14.6 mi / 23.5 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Empire

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 24°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Empire

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Empire is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Frankfort Beach (17.8 mi / 28.7 km)
  • Van's Beach (18 mi / 29 km)
  • Interlochen State Park (18.3 mi / 29.4 km)
  • Elberta Beach (18.3 mi / 29.5 km)
  • Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve (19.3 mi / 31.1 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Empire

The nearest airport is in Traverse City, MI (TVC-Cherry Capital), located 22.2 mi (35.8 km) from the city centre.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Empire?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Empire. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive: 890 holiday rentals
  • Empire Bluff Trail: 831 holiday rentals
  • The Crown Golf Club: 1,233 holiday rentals
  • Traverse City Beach: 1,255 holiday rentals
  • Pinecroft Golf Course: 730 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Empire listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Empire?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 231 Houses in Empire. Our other popular types of Empire holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 173 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 173 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 173 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Empire?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 16 holiday homes with pool available in Empire. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.