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n a g i h c i M Lake Lake Michigan is the only lake of the Great Lakes that is lo- cated completely inside of the United States. There are tons of attractions on the shores of Lake Michigan, from Traverse City to Green Bay. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is perfect for enjoying the outdoors, and Traverse City and the nearby Charlevoix have so much to offer, with Fisherman’s Island State Park, which is ideal for camping and picnics. Traverse City will blow your foodie mind, with all of its wine and culinary options. It’s best to stop here for a bite to eat while on your circle tour. Clinch Park may just be the favorite beach stretch, as it is right next door to downtown Traverse City, and has a marina, for easy docking options. With a variety of mi- crobreweries, winery tours, and distilleries, you’ll never go 98 | Summer 2017 | Travel Midwest thirsty while you’re here, either! Downtown historic Charlevoix is a quaint, cottage-style town that encompasses what it means to be in a peaceful lakeside area. Stay for a Lake Michigan sunset, and explore the water via a kayak or a boat tour. The summers here are beautiful and refreshing! Head over to Green Bay, which is one of the most recognized bays in the country, but not just for their football team. Visit the Green Bay Botanical Gardens, or spend a day hiking through waterfalls and eroded rocks along the shores. During the sum- mer, Green Bay has a variety of events and activities to partic- ipate in, including Bayfest, Artstreet, Summer in the Park, and a beautiful Independence Day celebration.