dawg, it's way too late to reply to help you pick a spot,
having traveled allllllllllllll over the USA,
the sunset coast of western Michigan
is one of the USA's mostly undiscovered national treasures, imo.
Whether it's romantic couple trip, a buncha pals going on vacation together, a family, or a single person on their own looking for something different and more affordable,
western Michigan a great vacation spot, imo. You can plan out a very peaceful, back-to-nature trip to refresh your soul, or end up in the wineries and casinos and kinda larger festivals like the Venetian festival(modeled after Mardi Gras), which is pretty fun, imo. Lotsa really fun festivals there, imo.
I've lived most of my adult life on ocean
which are wonderful,
but, Lake Michigan is so so much like the ocean,
it can be way easier to find a long stretch of beach all to yourself if you want to.
(yes, yes, also can be done on the ocean, too, but, very easy to find on west coast of MI).
If you have an aversion to stinging jellyfish, or fear of sharks, Lake Michigan looks and sounds just like the ocean,
waves, tide lines, seashells, undertow, surf, whitecaps, breezes, noise of waves, drfitwood, miles and miles and miles of endless wide stretches of sand, some areas have dunes, almost too tall to climb if you are not fit,
the water is a bit warmer than an ocean,
and there's endless water to the horizon to watch the sun melting into the water's edge,
but no salt to sting your cuts, no sharks, no jellyfish,
and it's not totally smothered in marinas, tourist shops, crowds, etc.
and many to most parts of Lake Michigan are scenic,
even when you put your back towards the water,
you are often looking at nature, woods and forests, sand dunes, marshes, etc,
not boardwalks, motels, tee shirt shops, high rises, or houses.
Oh yeah, you can
find crowded beaches on Lake MI if you want to, esp in SW michigan,
some party spots and family spots, too,
but, for those who enjoy the thrill of a beach all to yourself,
you mihgt love how easy that is to find on Lake Michigan.
also, this area is often much cheaper than ocean areas are, too.
There are Giant Vast national forests
, like Manistee, which have beauty that i can not put into words. One can canoe in Manistee, huge blast. YOu can campl or stay in cabins, or even a motel. OH, and morel mushroom hunting with a buncha pals out in nature, way out in the woods, is way more fun than it sounds like it'd be, and MI is great place for that.
You can go
tubing down the rivers of Manistee,
scuba diving around all the shipwrecks in Lake Michigan,
some areas have waves for surfing,
snow skiing is big there, some really awesome ski lodges there,
tobogganing is big there,
so is snowmobiling,
casinos in the ships in SW michigan are pretty cool,
pub hopping in places filled with amazing local talent and characters,
music is big there-- all kinds, and there are tons of festivals all year long there. Lol, for real, that area is wild about having festivals, one after the other, all year round.
Lake Michigan is dotted with small, coastal, artsy-towns,
each with it's own personality, no two are quite the same, but they all have waterfront dining and great seafood.
There's Holland, which is windmills and tulips as far as you can see. There is Saugatuck, which is artsy kinda place, some fishing towns,
and there are a number of towns in SW corner of MI, which are more populated
and have tons of festivals, like the Mardi-gra like one,
and that area
is also home to many awesome wineries. I recommend you stop by any of the wineries there, or go to Tabor Hill and have a glass of Tabor Hill DemiSec, lovely locally made wine, not expensive, very light. I really prefer merlots, but, that is a nice white wine, and so many very quaint or very lovely wineries in that area.
Each season in Michigan has it's own treasures, whether it's winter sports, or spring or summer or fall foliage trips, Western Michigan is one beautiful under-appreciated vacation spot, imo.
No big cities
on western Michigan coastline, BUT if you are in SW michigan, one can take a boat or ferry across the lake and end up at Navy Pier in Chicago,
too.(no car needed for this day trip). Less than 30 to 60 minutes inland, you can find bigger cities for big name concerts, etc. Grand Rapids is pretty city, not real big, but pretty, imo.
Besides all the bed & bfast places, and nice hotels/motels,
it's really fun to rent a beach houses
of all sizes, right on the beach,
too, for so so much less than an ocean rental will cost. There are some very very large ones, with tons and tons and tons of bedrooms, which are fun to rent for a week, or a weekend, with many other ppl, to cut costs....have a huge bonfire right on the beach, watch the sun set into the water, and not have to worry about everyone driving home...the house is right there.
Private msg me, i'll give you some names of some great waterfront homes to rent, that i've actually rented, and had great time, lovely area.
also, Michigan is suffering economically, so vacationing there, is kinda patriotic thing to do.
Scenery is awesome, locals are friendly,
whatever you like to do,
you can probably find it there, and usually reasonably priced, too.
Whatever time of year you go,
or whichever town you land in,
you can't go wrong if you spend a week or so on the sunset coast of michigan
Also northern MI, and the Upper Peninsula, are also both awesome places, too.
i have been all over USA,
and my favorite spots include,
some areas in Florida,
some areas in California,
and THE SUNSET COAST OF MICHIGAN!!
lol, i should probably seek employment with Michigan travel board, eh?