Stunning nature in and around Ludington State Park.

Travel + Leisure
May 15, 2012

On Michigan’s western coast, the 5,300-acre Ludington State Park is an outdoor wonderland, with tremendous scenery, hiking through hardwood forests, and sand dunes along nearly seven miles of shoreline. Only eight miles south, the town of Ludington has a low-key vibe, with access to excellent beaches and a handful of restaurants serving freshly caught seafood.

Ludington State Park

Explore sandy beaches, nature trails and sand dunes before fishing and boating in the park’s calm waters.

S.S. Badger

Hop on for a four-hour trip across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, WI, home to Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

This museum houses the USS Cobra, a completely restored World War II submarine.

Scotty's

Traditional dishes like fried lake perch and prime rib are best enjoyed at a table by the fire.

Old Hamlin Restaurant

With home cooking and affordable prices, the restaurant offers a pleasantly diverse menu that bounces from Mexico to Greece and Italy.

Peaceful Acres Resort

The property, at the tip of Hamlin Lake, offers pet-friendly, outdoorsy cottages and three fire pits for build-your-own campfires.

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