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Grand Haven, Michigan
Stroll on a boardwalk dotted with ice cream shops and gaze at an iconic red lighthouse in this quintessential beach town.
Five Fun Stops
1 The 48-acre recreation area at Grand Haven State Park (pictured) has a popular beach plus views of the Grand Haven pier and lighthouse (616/847-1309; michigan.gov/dnr).
2 The modern Harbor House Inn overlooks downtown. Homemade treats star at the buffet breakfast and afternoon tea; at night, look for the inn's signature caramel candy (616/846-0610; harborhousegh.com).
3 Odd Side Ales brews specialty and often-quirky beers (think raspberry wheat, peanut butter stout and bubble gum ale). Enjoy samples in a lounge stocked with board games (616/935-7326; oddsideales.com).
4 Three restaurants in one -- casual, midrange and fine-dining -- make the Kirby House a popular stop (616/846-3299; thegilmorecollection.com/kirby.php).
5 Pronto Pups sells the lakeshore's favorite corndogs along the boardwalk (616/638-1632; grandhavenprontopup.com).