Top Beaches In Northern Michigan To Visit 2016
Northern Michigan is gifted with many beach attractions in the more than 3200 miles of sandy shoreline. Whether you want a day of swimming, relaxing on the sand or swimming, you will be spoiled for choices because the beaches come with more outstanding features than many others around the world. It’s really hard to narrow down the best beaches of Northern Michigan. These beaches however have some things in common which you will love. For instance, they are very sandy, waters are clear, no threat of sharks or hurricanes and the waters are fresh and non-irritating (sans some swimmers itch on occasion in the smaller lakes). What else would one look for other than these features when it comes to beach fun! Bring your swimming gear and look forward for a day of fun and adventure in Michigan’s Great Lakes beaches.
Grand Haven State Park Beach – Enjoy great sunset views
If you like watching the sun set from the beach, head to Grand Haven on Lake Michigan. Other than the breathtaking views of the sunset, there is also a good pier and a lovely lighthouse to photo. The beach is near the beautiful town of Grand Haven and has a camping ground close by. You can also choose to stroll on the beach’s 2-mile boardwalk with several restaurants and shops to keep you busy.
Grand Haven State Park Beach MI, Lighthouse
Empire Beach – Gateway to Sleeping Bear Sand dunes National Lakeshore
Empire beach is a sandy beach that you and your family can enjoy including your pet. Dogs are welcome on this beach and they really enjoy rolling in the sand. Empire is the starting point of the Sleeping Bear Sand dunes National Lakeshore and it also has breathtaking views. Near the beach is Elberta where you can visit Trick Dog Gallery and Café. You can enjoy taking long walks on this beach with your dog. The shoreline stretches for 65 miles. Rolling down the dunes is fun. The dunes were once voted as the “most beautiful place in America”
Orchard Beach State Park – get a relaxed time in peace
Orchard Beach State Park is a small and quite beach. If you want to stay away from the crowds, then this is the place to be. The main features of this beach include a campground for outdoor enthusiasts.
St. Ignace beach – best to watch fireworks views
St. Ignace beach nests between Upper and Lower Peninsulas and is also between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. On the beach, you can have a breathtaking view of the Mackinac Bridge which is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Watching a night of fireworks from this beach is awesome.
Tiscornia Beach – ideal for family fun
This is a lovely beach especially for a young family. Its waters are clear and shallow. This beach is on Lake Michigan and it’s just an easy drive from Chicago. There is plenty to do on the beach from swimming to sunning on the soft sand.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes – attractive soaring dunes
Silver Lake sand dunes is a lovely beach. The most outstanding feature of this beach is the towering dunes. This state park beach has many activities to look out for on your visit. These include boating, hiking, golfing, four-wheeling among others.
Whitefish Bay/Paradise – enjoy gemstone hunting and bird watching
This bay on Lake Superior is very quite and a good place for gemstone hunting. The area is also good for bird watching. Attractions on this beach include a Light Station, a shipwreck Museum and a swinging bridge nearby. If you are tired of the beach, visit a campground nearby that features 39 sites for small trailers and tents, a water hand pump and vault toilets. This beach area is 300 miles north from Lansing.
Ludington State Park Beach – go camping or hiking
Ludington beach is almost 7 miles long and sits along Lake Michigan. On this beach, you can enjoy going for camping or hiking in the protected wilderness. The dunes overlooking the lake have lovely views. Ludington is 160 miles northwest of Lansing.
Pere Marquette Beach – have fun and shop
Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon Channel and Lake Michigan is one of the best beach destinations to enjoy in summer. The beach is ideal for families and has necessary beach amenities which include public restrooms, playgrounds for kids and handicap-accessible walkway. There are also plenty of eateries on this beach plus other recreational facilities. Muskegon has a stretch of over 25 miles of sandy beaches and dunes. The area is 100 miles west of Lansing.
Lake Superior beaches – drive or hike to the beach
If you want to visit beach by car, visit Rocks National Lakeshore that offers miles of beaches. The views here are breathtaking. You will enjoy wild attractions from birds to plants. You can also consider hiking in some beaches along the National Lakeshore.
Apart from these beaches, Northern Michigan has many more other beaches, some in their natural forms. You only need time to explore as many beaches as you can in the Great Lakes expansive shoreline. Summer is the best time to visit the beaches and enjoy some outdoor adventure coupled with beach fun for kids and pets. Even the laziest member in the family will enjoy sunning on the sandy beaches of Northern Michigan.
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