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Delight in the lakeside landscape of Lake Michigan

The lake and riverfront provide a pleasant backdrop to your vacation home in Lake Michigan. This welcoming city allures visitors with its skyscrapers and boating. For a bit of culture, visit Milwaukee Art Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum or Discovery World. If you're looking for accommodations with space to entertain friends and family, HomeAway has plenty of options to choose from. Many rental homes offer full kitchens and laundry facilities, perfect for big groups.


Sightseeing in and around Lake Michigan

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Lake Michigan a fun place to get away. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Hemlock Golf Club (16.8 mi / 27 km)
  • West Michigan Fairgrounds (17.7 mi / 28.4 km)
  • Amber Elk Ranch (21.1 mi / 33.9 km)
  • Jomagrha Vineyards and Winery (23.4 mi / 37.6 km)
  • Orchard Beach State Park (25.5 mi / 41 km)
  • Golden Sands Golf Course (28.8 mi / 46.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is famous for its panoramic lake views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Lake Michigan is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Ludington State Park (11.6 mi / 18.7 km)
  • Stearns Park Beach (15.2 mi / 24.5 km)
  • Ludington Waterfront Park (15.8 mi / 25.4 km)
  • Buttersville Park (16.3 mi / 26.3 km)
  • First Street Beach (22.9 mi / 36.9 km)
  • Douglas Park (23.1 mi / 37.2 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Lake Michigan

The nearest airport is in Manistee, MI (MBL-Manistee County-Blacker), located 27.8 mi (44.7 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Milwaukee Intermodal Station, Holland Station and Kenosha Station are the main stations in the area. You can get around Lake Michigan by jumping on the metro at Linden Station, Central Station or Noyes Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Lake Michigan?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 11,821 house rentals around Lake Michigan. From 5,297 Houses to 2,481 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Lake Michigan is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Michigan?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Michigan. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Chicago Loop: 588 vacation rentals
  • Chicago: 1,809 vacation rentals
  • Lake Huron: 2,042 vacation rentals
  • Near North Side: 551 vacation rentals
  • Michigan: 10,671 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Michigan! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Michigan?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Michigan:

  • Chicago: 1,809 rentals
  • Boyne Falls: 653 rentals
  • Traverse City: 1,343 rentals
  • Bellaire: 512 rentals
  • Lakeside: 672 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Lake Michigan?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Lake Michigan are:

  • Gary Chicago International Airport (GYY): 298 home rentals
  • Ludington, MI (LDM): 272 home rentals
  • South Bend Regional Airport (SBN): 438 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Lake Michigan?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Lake Michigan. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark: 1,054 vacation homes
  • Nub's Nob Ski Area: 346 vacation homes
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes: 1,467 vacation homes
  • Wisconsin Center: 352 vacation homes
  • Oval Beach: 1,228 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Michigan listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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