Michigan's Top 10 Beaches: The Votes Are In

With its extensive Great Lakes shoreline, Michigan is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the United States. The 10 best beaches in Michigan have been released, as voted by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2024 awards, with Lake Michigan beaches dominating the list. These premier beach destinations offer a variety of stunning landscapes, family-friendly activities, and peaceful retreats. From the iconic sand dunes of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to the tranquil shores of First Street Beach in Manistee, these top-rated beaches provide perfect settings for unforgettable beach adventures. Discover the beauty and diversity of Michigan's finest beaches and see why they are the ultimate spots for summer fun and relaxation.


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10. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

9922 Front St, Empire, MI 49630

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is renowned for its stunning sand dunes and breathtaking waterfront vistas of Lake Michigan. This beach is perfect for nature lovers who can enjoy hiking through lush forests, climbing the dunes for panoramic views, and relaxing on the sandy shores. Camping is available in-season, making it an ideal spot for a weekend getaway.

9. Tawas Point State Park

686 Tawas Beach Rd, East Tawas, MI 48730

Situated on the end of a sand split on Tawas Bay, Tawas Point State Park is often referred to as the Cape Cod of the Midwest. This beach destination features warm, shallow waters ideal for swimming and camping near the lakeshore. It offers a tranquil retreat for those looking to enjoy a peaceful day by the water.




8. P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

6585 Lake Harbor Rd, Muskegon, MI 49441

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park protects three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Visitors can swim or sunbathe on the sand, or walk the Dune Overlook Trail to the top of a high dune for panoramic views. This park is a great destination for those who appreciate both beach and hiking activities.

7. Oval Beach

690 Perryman St, Saugatuck, MI 49453

Oval Beach is celebrated for its soft sandy shores, rolling dunes, and stunning views of Lake Michigan. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and hiking through scenic trails. Sailing along the coast is also a popular activity, providing a serene escape for beach lovers.