Grand Rapids is Lonely Planet’s “#1 Cool City.” Within a short walking distance downtown are Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Thirsty from your walk? Grand Rapids is officially BeerCity USA, offering 15 craft breweries in the area. Grand Rapids is also home to ArtPrize, a 19-day international art competition where half of the awards are decided by public vote. A short drive away is Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park where you can take a “selfie” under its 24-foot American horse monument.Orencounter 1,100 animals plus a four-story, 300-foot zipline at John Ball Zoo.
Head to Muskegon’s Michigan’s Adventure amusement park, home to Shivering Timbers, the longest, fastest wooden roller coaster in Michigan. The former lumbering town still boasts beautiful Victorian mansions, including the Hackley & Hume Historic Site. Tour USS Silversides Submarine Museum, whose submarine is credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships during World War II. Along the area’s 26 miles of beach learn about the spectacular dune systems at the Gillette Visitor Center located in Muskegon’s P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.
Travel north for a thrilling ride across the sand dunes at Silver Lake. Paddle the pristine Pere Marquette River through the Manistee National Forest. Spend the night in Manistee, a charming Victorian port city, best known for the historic Ramsdell Theater and 1.5-mile Riverwalk. Meander local highway M-22 for breathtaking scenery including the Arcadia Overlook.
Just above Silver Lake Sand Dunes lies Ludington, home to the S.S. Badger which is the largest car ferry ever to sail the Great Lakes. Enjoy beaches, lakes, rivers, trails, lighthouses and unspoiled dunes. Located within Ludington State Park are Big Sable Point Lighthouse and Great Lakes Visitor Center.
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