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A trip to Lake Michigan offers a huge variety of travel destinations and things to do. The lake is bordered by four states, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, and it has more than 200 miles of beaches in Michigan alone. Pick a few of your family’s favorite activities, then choose a centrally located vacation home to rent. This frees up travel time between fun activities, and you can take advantage of the money saved by cooking in a full kitchen in comparison to the cost of eating out for every meal.

  1. Beach Vacations

    Visit one or more of the sandy beach towns along the Michigan shoreline for low-key relaxing in the sun or high-energy activities like sailing and kayaking. Planning a dog-friendly vacation? Enjoy a sunset on the beach with your fur-buddy and splash in the water’s edge. Towns like South Haven, Holland, Grand Haven and Muskegon deliver a charming, slow-paced feeling that makes vacationing in the beach area soothing and rejuvenating, just like a good vacation should be.

  2. Freshwater Fishing

    With a wide variety of aquatic species, 36,226 square miles of surface area and an average depth of 279 feet, fishing is a popular water sport enjoyed in Lake Michigan. As a visitor to the area, you can rent a charter boat and have an expert guide take you to the best fishing spots. You can also fish from shore. If you’re not into fishing but love seafood, you can enjoy a trip to one of the local fisheries or farm markets to pick up the freshest catches of the day.

  3. Wineries

    Moderate temperatures around Lake Michigan during summer months provide an extended growing season for grapes. The mild temperatures create the perfect wine country setting for the sprawling acres of vineyards and more than 100 wineries surrounding the lake. There are over 150 tasting rooms in just the state of Michigan. Explore the elegance of wine country, try some new vintages and pick up some new favorite wines to buy and take home to enjoy.

  4. Bird Watching

    Bird-watching opportunities abound along the northern part of Lake Michigan, where the forests are thick, and the population is sparse. Catch sight of predatory birds like bald eagles, hawks or vultures in the treetops along the shoreline. Take your camera and snap photos of your sightings, which may also include waterfowl like swans, geese or ducks.

  5. History, Culture and Shopping

    While the natural beauty and luxurious beach experience are a major reason to visit the area around Lake Michigan, there are also a number of historic sites and charming towns all along the shore of the lake. In addition to culture and historic venues, there are a variety of places to shop in the small towns and villages during your stay.