What is considered 'Up North' in Michigan?

In Michigan, you often hear people say they're going "up north" for the weekend or a vacation.

Is vacation on your mind? Yeah, it's on ours, too.

That's why we asked a key Michigander question Monday afternoon on Facebook, one that you may have thought about but never really discussed:

What is considered "Up North" in the Great Lakes State? In other words, where is that dividing line that separates "Up North" from the rest of Michigan?

More than 6,000 people have responded - including more than 400 comments - and, while there's a more popular answer than the rest on our poll, the answers seem to vary quite a bit. Some consider US-10 to be the "Mason-Dixon line." Others say north of Midland and Mount Pleasant. Or north of the 45th parallel. Or simply the entire Upper Peninsula.

Below is a collection of some of our most notable responses on Facebook. Want to chime in? Comment on the Facebook post or in the comments section on this story!

Netty Manwell: "Up North is where the traffic thins, the trees get thicker and at night you can see the milky way!"

Edward Stechschulte: "It's a mindset. Going to caseville from anywhere south of imlay city is definitely up-north. Could be even less. Going up north means either going to a smaller town to a cabin type residence, going camping, or a mix of the two.. There can be a beach on a lake included. You can also travel 20 miles to a bonfire and consider it up-north."

Ray A. Plath: "I ask this question all the time when someone says "I'm going up north." North is somewhere North of Highway 10 for my calculation."

Walter Partlo: "I've had this conversation online before and the consensus seemed to be either M-61 or West Branch. As someone who grew up in West Branch, it surprised me that so many people knew where it was at."

Kelli Stakenas: " There's the UP, then there's up north. I always swear to up north being Midhand up to Mackinac, then the UP being above that."

Terre Kala: "West Branch was where we always thought the downstate line was as kids. I grew up in Cheboygan Co, so that's definitely Up North lol"

Claudia Yates: "Every summer, we spent 2 weeks at my Grandfather's summer home on Sand Point, near Caseville. That was 'up north' to us."

Jack Washington: "As a Michigander, I always considered 'Up North', being north of Detroit and near my grandparent's home near Stanton, Michigan, or my parent's home in Alma, Michigan."

Laura Bakewell: "My parents always call Clare 'the gateway to the North'...come to think of it, I think the Clare sign says that as well." (It does.)

Dawn Marie: "Up North" is a term referring to the area between the Zilwaukee Bridge and the Mackinac Bridge. Anything above that is the UP."

Zontrelle Black: "Anywhere past Great Lakes Crossings is the wilderness."

Jim Boothe: "North of West Branch! Anything south of that is considered "Mid-Michigan."

Jamie Altman: "I guess it depends where you live, technically. I consider "up north" anything above the 45th parallel"

Dennie Aleen: "I used to live in the Thumb Area, and was told Up North is past that."

Leslie Snow: "When I was a kid, Houghton was "up north" and that meant UP. People always asked if I meant Houghton Lake instead. Nope!"

Yvonne Brown: "To me it's in the middle of Roscommon County, where the trees switch from mainly deciduous to mainly coniferous."

Kathleen Lawson: "Up North is Tawas, Oscoda, Aplena, Traverse City... And above."

David Feinbloom: "When I first moved to Michigan "Up North" was anything past The Palace."

Tara Doyle: "Born and raised and maybe left Wayne county (going North) Maybe 7 times. So anything North of Wayne county is Up north for me."

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