Peterson Road Beach, Michigan
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has more stunning beaches than most coastal states. The stunning reserve hugely popular among in-the-know Chicagoans, who drive up remote Peterson Road toward the secluded, stunning beach that sits just beyond where it puddles into a parking lot surrounded by dunes. From the beach, visitors can see South Manitou Island and swim out – and promptly back – in the crisp water.