Cities in the Great Lakes Bay

Walkable, riverfront towns where shops and eateries dot the blocks, with inviting stays situated near sparkling freshwaters. Places humming with low-key nightlife, where you’ll sink into comfort food, local pours, and warm conversation. Historic theaters and alluring architecture, pristine art galleries and polished museums. Buzzing city marketplaces and bountiful farmers markets.

Experiences like these fill every pocket of these six magnetic cities. But if you’ve seen one of them? You’ve still really only seen one. Because while unsalted freshwaters and unspoiled trails knit this nature-rich region together — each uptown, downtown, and edge of town adds its own signature splash of personality. Explore them all here:

Nautical, Cool + Eclectic

With its breezy Lake Huron access and an also-sparkling riverfront, stretching 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 offsets its low-key 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 more than three million who cross its cobblestone paths and covered wooden bridge each year, this tiny German town defines iconic.

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Modern, Artsy + Natural

It’s hard to tell what’s most captivating about Midland: its thriving arts scene, abundant natural beauty, or the mid-century moderns you’ll find lining every city side 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, but welcomed, surprises.

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