When in Ludington, do like the locals do: Park along a bend in state highway M-116 (called the First Curve by locals), and take a short hike down to the shore
4. Grand Haven
Stretching 1½ miles along Grand River, the Grand Haven Boardwalk is home to shops, restaurants and water-based pursuits.
3. South Haven
The classic starting points for a visit here are the Michigan Maritime Museum and 1810 replica Friends Good Will tall ship.
2. Traverse City
You'll find plenty of ways to get on the water at the base of Grand Traverse Bay's West Arm.
True to the name, Dutch culture anchors this community with must-see lakefronts at Holland State Park and Tunnel Park.