Go Great Lakes Bay

Great Lakes Bay Region

Hold out your left hand. See where the thumb meets the rest of the hand? That's where you'll be when you Go Great Lakes Bay

It's a place where Lake Huron's sparkling waters roll in off Saginaw Bay to wash the freshwater coastline, and rivers just as cool and pure thread six nature-rich cities together.

One where you could spend an iconic Bavarian day in Frankenmuth, and yet be sailing on a tall ship in Bay City by sunset.


Where adventure might take hold within National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw, then fully blossom in Midland gardens where the country's longest canopy walk soars in red pine forest.

Here for the weekend or the night, bringing the whole family or just you two — you'll find this waterfront, six-city region an unexpected Midwest dream trip. Dive in here:

6 Small Towns Worth Exploring
outlet stores at Birch Run
Top Summer Trip Ideas
Freshwater sailing on a tall ship or wine tasting on the water, dive into every unexpected treat you’ll find with our top summer trip ideas.
fireworks over the water - boats out in the water
Top Fall Trip Ideas
From anything-but-ordinary fall color tours to apple orchards & family farms — enjoy every bit of autumn with our top fall trip ideas.
fall colored trees on both sides of the water bright blue sky
Top Winter Trip Ideas
Find your kind of chill with our top winter trip ideas — including 100 miles of powder-coated trails made for skis, snowshoes, and fat bikes.
covered bridge with snow white lights on the bridge
Top Spring Trip Ideas
Discover our top spring trip ideas, from gorgeous botanical gardens to guided ecotours through the “Everglades of Michigan.”
little girls in summer dresses looking at butterflies on plants
Summer Breeze
In the Great Lakes Bay Region, a summer breeze is blowing...where it's headed is Pure Michigan.
Welcome to the Great Lakes Bay Region: where hours and minutes are measured by a different clock and the moments are forever Pure Michigan.
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