Welcome to Pure Michigan's 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. Start exploring!

Featured Trip Ideas

From bucket lists broken down by city to trip ideas curated for each of four Pure Michigan seasons, all your essential travel prep starts here.

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Go Great Blog

Breeze through this waterfront region with the confidence of a native when you get to know our six cities through these stories.

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Great Lakes Bay Region of Pure Michigan

In the Great Lakes Bay, a summer breeze is blowing... where it's headed is Pure Michigan.