Places to Explore Along Lake Michigan

With some people even comparing them to Hawaii, Michigan is known for it’s fresh water beaches.  There are many countless, beautiful places to explore in Michigan.  If you’re ever visiting, here are a couple of small towns along the lake that are perfect for a day trip to spend shopping, swimming, and meeting the locals!  The options are endless because, anywhere in Michigan, you’re never more than six miles from a lake.

Grand Haven// The Grand Haven State Park is one of the better known beach towns with a gorgeous red pier that is perfect to walk on at sunset.  Only a five minute walk away from the beautiful beach is downtown Grand Haven filled with local stores and restaurants.  There are many ice cream shops to choose from, and most of all, there is a small food stand called Pronto Pups that serves hand dipped corn dogs!

Saugatuck// this city is more of an artsy town filled with lots and lots of stores.  There are galleries, clothing boutiques, and some really unique home decor stores that are fun to explore. Oval Beach in Saugatuck is scenic, with stairs at the top that show a great view of the lake!  Only a couple minute drive away from the downtown area is a restaurant called the Southerner, which is a quaint breakfast/lunch place with large windows.

Holland// Holland’s downtown area is mainly one long street with stores on both sides.  It’s right in the heart of Hope College’s campus, and, in the beginning of May, it is sprawling with bright tulips.  A store you definitely need to check out is Frances Jaye, a minimal clothing store with great quality pieces.  Holland’s beach, called Holland State Park, is less crowded than Grand Haven and also has a pier to walk on and take countless pictures.

Pentwater// Pentwater definitely has that small town feel to it with the cutest little houses lining the lake. It’s beach,  Charles Mears State Park, is clean and fresh, and best of all, it’s never too crowded.  Some highlights of its downtown area are a boutique called West on Monroe and a huge antique store called Silver Hills.

Any one of these places would be perfect to explore, but all are a little different from each other.