When you think of Michigan, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If it’s our fantastic Great Lakes, you’re not alone! And while destinations such as Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Lexington are fan favorites, there are many other cities and towns along our coasts that make for a truly memorable trip. Read on to discover four destinations on each of the state’s Great Lakes perfect for a day, weekend or lifetime.
St. Joseph – Lake Michigan
There’s never a bad choice when visiting a destination on the coast of Lake Michigan, but St. Joseph, located in the southwest corner of the state, is a can’t-miss. Here you can enjoy a ride in a hand-carved carousel horse at Silver Beach, race down the dunes at Warren Dunes State Park or revel in a fishing adventure at one of the town’s many beaches. If you’re looking for adventure, you can also ride the waves at Third Coast Surf Shop for a one-of-a-kind thrill.
Alpena – Lake Huron
Michigan’s sunrise side often doesn’t get the acclaim of its western counterpart but there’s countless destinations around Lake Huron that make visiting a delight. Alpena embodies the haven from the stresses of everyday life and allows you to relax and rejuvenate while exploring some of the state’s best hidden gems. Be sure to visit the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to explore shipwrecks in the deep and take a trip back in time at the infamous Dinosaur Gardens.
Monroe – Lake Erie
Looking for Michigan history? Monroe is the place for you. The World Headquarters of La-Z-Boy furniture is fast becoming an arts and cultural hotspot. The River Raisin Jazz Festival that takes place the 2nd weekend in August each summer and attracts more than 40,000 music lovers each year. River Raisin National Battlefield Park, the site of the most intense battle of the War of 1812 and the largest conflict ever fought on Michigan soil, allows you to see the sights and sounds of old time America while getting up-close-and-personal with muskets and bayonets. Downtown Monroe is home to the Monroe County Historical Museum, the River Raisin Centre for the Arts and wonderful shopping, dining and entertainment venues, making it an ideal locale for the whole family.
Munising – Lake Superior
Though we can’t dub Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as ‘under the radar’, many people often don’t know where they are. One of the most scenic areas in the Upper Peninsula and state, Munising offers winding hiking trails, waterfalls, lighthouses in addition to the world-famous kayak treks out to the rocks.
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