Michigan Great Lakes – A Freshwater Paradise

When choosing a vacation locale, Michigan’s Great Lakes should always be at the top of your list. Michigan’s Great Lakes are a national treasure. In fact, the Great Lakes are the largest bodies of freshwater on the planet, making Michigan visible even from the moon and recognizable on any map.

Carved from glaciers more than 12,000 years ago, Michigan’s characteristic mitten-like shape is formed by four of the five Great Lakes – Lake Huron to the east, Lake Michigan to the west, Lake Superior to the north, and Lake Erie to the southeast.  Lake Ontario is the only Great Lake that does not touch Michigan’s shores.

You’d expect anything that leaves such a handprint on Earth to possess unique natural beauty, and the Michigan Great Lakes do not disappoint.  With 3,200 miles of coastline, Michigan’s sugar sand beaches, towering dunes, rocky shores, and sandstone cliffs offer variety that draws thousands of vacationers each year.  When you visit Michigan’s Great Lakes, you’ve got nothing but options – choose from over 100 public beaches, enjoy two National Lakeshores, tour nearly 120 historic lighthouses, explore one of 5,000 shipwrecks at a dozen underwater preserves, or swim, sail, kayak, fish… the list goes on.

If you’ve never been to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, then you owe yourself the trip.  The stunning multi-colored sandstone cliffs make this Great Lakes National Lakeshore truly something to behold. If sand is more your style, don’t miss Lake Michigan’s Sleeping Bear dunes - the highest freshwater sand dunes in the world!

Travel west to Michigan’s wine coast and join foodies and wine connoisseurs as they thank the Great Lakes for creating a perfect environment for orchards and vineyards. The Great Lakes affect weather across the state, making growing conditions perfect for all kinds of goodies like blueberries, cherries, apples, and asparagus.  There’s nothing like picking up a bag of fresh Michigan produce from a roadside farm stand, or loading up on cherries at Traverse City’s Cherry Festival.

The Michigan Great Lakes really do have something for everyone.  Maybe this is why they’re such a favorite with the locals.  But we Michiganders are happy to share – if you haven’t experienced these beloved inland seas yet, now’s the time to pack up your gear, find a great spot on the Great Lakes, and enjoy a Michigan vacation to remember.