We love Michigan! This was our second time traveling to Traverse City. It was my daughters first time. We live in Chicago and are about 5 hours away. The drive is not too bad and it is well worth it. We explored 9 beaches while we were there. To say that we were beachin hard is an understatement. haha!! We loved all of them! We ventured to beaches in Traverse as well as outside of the city. We explored Sleeping Bear dunes, Empire, Honor, Geln Arbor, and made a pit stop in Ludington on our way back. It was pretty amazing. Of all the beaches our favorite was Platte River Beach. This was in Honor, MI and it is where the River meets the lake. We had a 2 hour lazy river float and it ended right at the beach where we stayed the rest of our afternoon.
We will be back. Michigan was absolutely beautiful, and it was so much fun to explore.