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That perfect beach life on the Lake Michigan shore

On the shores of Lake Michigan just south of the Indiana/Michigan border, in an area known by locals as Michiana, Michigan is a laid-back community that takes full advantage of its prime waterfront location. Visitors flock to the area in the summer thanks to the miles of clean sandy beaches. At a lakefront Michigan vacation rental, the beach is your backyard and you'll have the sound of waves to lull you to sleep at night. From climbing sand dunes to trying your luck at the craps table, Michigan has something for everyone.

If you like sand, you're going to the right place

There's no shortage of the grainy stuff on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. With miles of beaches, you'll have no problem finding the perfect place to frolic in the surf or claim your spot to soak up some vitamin D. If you want even more sand, you're in luck. There's mountains of it at the nearby Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which features more than 70 miles of hiking trails, several fishing holes, and some premium birdwatching. For summer concerts, head to downtown Michigan City, where more indoorsy types can satisfy their gambling and spa needs.

Spot the shipwrecks from the top of Mount Baldy

For a unique lake break, stroll the scenic trails of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A crowd favorite is Mount Baldy, an old wandering dune that drifts with the seasons. The Great Lakes are no strangers to shipwrecks, and the 1910 wreckage of the Muskegon is just off Michigan's shores. A Michigan vacation rental in Michigan City will put you just steps from the town's iconic lighthouse, the Old Lighthouse Museum, and Washington Park Zoo. For a taste of riverboat gambling without the potential seasickness, check out Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa.

Where the lake rules all, from the breezes to the snows

Expect to experience all four seasons to their fullest at your Michigan vacation rental. Summer can see frequent thunderstorms rolling off the lake, but once they stop, things are warm and humid. From June to September, highs are usually in the 70s and 80s, though they can soar much higher on occasion. Winters mean lake-effect snows, which blanket the area in several feet of the white stuff. Below-freezing temperatures are common from December through February, so bundle up. The shoulder months of spring and fall can be highly unpredictable, so check the forecast before heading out.

A vast lake in the shadow of giants

Stand on Michigan's shores and the Lake Michigan waters expand as far as the eye can see. The sandy beaches are a great spot to take in some stunning sunsets. The towering sand dunes of the National Lakefront shift with the winds and are home to more than 350 species of migratory birds (don't forget your binoculars). Venture inland and you'll find miles of small towns scattered among rich farmland. For a taste of urban life, you'll have to travel an hour or 2 to South Bend or Chicago.