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America's Best Lake Vacations: Lake Michigan

Courtesy of The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort

Lake Michigan: Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois

Best for Beaches: With more than 1,600 miles of shoreline, Lake Michigan offers more beaches than any other American lake. But it’s not just quantity: there’s a beach for nearly every taste. The big-city strands that front Chicago, the wild rolling dunes of northern Indiana, the pastoral shores of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula, and the carnival-like atmosphere along the Traverse City Boardwalk offer totally different sun-and-sand experiences on the same lake. You’ll pass that boardwalk on the scenic drive from Bay Harbor to Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Stay: The Inn at Bay Harbor.

Play: Sleeping Bear Dunes; nps.gov/slbe.

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