Cities in the Great Lakes Bay

Walkable, riverfront towns where shops and eateries dot the blocks, with cozy stays right near inviting waters. Neighborhoods alive with public art and humming with low-key nightlife, local pours and delicious comfort food. Historic theaters and architecture, pristine art galleries and polished museums.

Moments like these fill every pocket of these six magnetic cities. But if you’ve seen one of them? You’ve still only seen one. Because while unsalted freshwaters and unspoiled trails knit this nature-rich region together — each one-of-a-kind locale adds its own splash of personality. Explore them all!

Nautical, Cool + Eclectic

With its easy access to Lake Huron and a sparkling riverfront that stretches Uptown to Downtown — there’s something effortlessly cool about this nautical city.

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Laid-Back, Inviting + Entertaining

An inviting village with a retail mecca that rivals what’s found in much bigger cities, Birch Run blends its laid-back vibe with lively ways to fill a weekend.

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Quaint, Pleasant + Picturesque

A charming riverfront town sprinkled with downhome eateries, delightful inns, and cozy retreats — Chesaning is the ideal place to feel perfectly far from it all.

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Iconic, Idyllic + Nostalgic

Known as “Little Bavaria” by millions who cross its cobblestone paths and covered wooden bridge each year, this tiny German Christmas town is iconic.

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Modern, Artsy + Natural

It’s hard to decide what’s most captivating about Midland: its thriving arts scene, abundant natural beauty, or the mid-century moderns you’ll find dotting every city street.

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Lively, Urban + Unexpected

A city steeped in arts and culture with hidden gems around each historic, mural-covered street corner — Saginaw is full of unexpected surprises.

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