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Best Places to Visit in Michigan

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Michigan has something to entice just about every kind of traveler. From the outdoorsy to the intellectual to the cosmopolitan, the Great Lake State has it all. To help you decide which spots are right for your next vacation, U.S. News considered factors such as number of activities, availability of accommodations and sentiment among traveler to decide the Best Places to Visit in Michigan. Vote for your favorite destination below to help decide next year's list.

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#1 Ann Arbor

#1 in Best Places to Visit in Michigan

This town west of Detroit is dominated by the University of Michigan's campus, meaning there are plenty of sporting events, cultural pursuits and reasonably priced dining options to explore. If you're not catching a Wolverine football or basketball game, check out the many museums available on campus, including the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. When night falls, you'll have your pick of more than 300 restaurants as well as a bustling nightlife scene.

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#2 Holland, MI

#2 in Best Places to Visit in Michigan

This western Michigan town takes its Dutch heritage seriously. During the holiday season, the downtown area transforms into a tribute to all Dutch holiday traditions, complete with roaming carolers and a European-style open-air Christmas market called Kerstmarkt. Come spring, celebrate the bloom of millions of tulips during the Tulip Time Festival, which hosts fun parades and events like traditional Dutch dancing and live music performances.

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#3 Grand Rapids

#3 in Best Places to Visit in Michigan

While you'll find plenty of public art and some top-notch art museums, the real reason to visit Grand Rapids is the brew. Home to more than 80 craft breweries, the city has become an award-winning beer destination. So much so that Grand Rapids has earned the title of Beer City, USA. You'll find beer tours, hard cider options and even hotel beer packages that bundle your accommodations with a free pint and souvenir glasses.

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#4 Detroit

#4 in Best Places to Visit in Michigan

Don't count the Motor City out just yet. Enterprising locals and DIY artists have revitalized the downtown area into a walkable – and safe – attraction. The steel architecture the city became famous for is still on display, and the food scene offerings range from the regional classic Coney dogs (topped with chili, raw onion and yellow mustard) to Eastern Market, the largest outdoor farmers market in the country. Plus, you're likely to pay less for hotels here than in comparable big cities. Read More »

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#5 Saugatuck

#5 in Best Places to Visit in Michigan

Located on the banks of Lake Michigan, Saugatuck is a haven for visitors and locals come summertime. You can grab a spot in the sand at one of the beaches (Oval Beach and Saugatuck Dunes State Park are both popular) or get out on the lake via a boat cruise. Just make sure you leave some time for browsing the goods at the town's quirky local shops.

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