lighthouse view from end of catwalk - at sunset courtesy Joshua Nowicki

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Southwest Michigan is an idyllic place to spend your summer vacation. The region boasts some of the most refreshing and clear waters of Lake Michigan, where you can plunge into the cool waters to escape the heat. The soft, golden sand beaches are a perfect spot for sunbathing, picnicking, or simply relaxing with a good book. You can also explore the towering sand dunes, which offer breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding areas.

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The lake resort towns are charming and lively, with plenty of activities to keep you entertained. You can spend a day sailing or kayaking on the lake, taking in the scenic beauty of the coastline. For history buffs, visiting century-old lighthouses is a must. These lighthouses offer a glimpse into the past, with their unique architecture and fascinating stories.

If you love beachcombing, Southwest Michigan is the perfect place for you. The sand on the beaches is rich with beach glass and crinoids, which you can use to decorate your sandcastles. You can also take a stroll along the beach to collect these treasures and add them to your collection.

The best part is that you can play until the sun sets, creating a perfect end to your day. Southwest Michigan is a perfect summer destination, offering something for everyone.

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