42. Upper Peninsula, MIGet More Info
Why go: The coasts aren’t the only places to go for cooling waters. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula region has sandy beaches and some of the best scuba diving in the Midwest. That’s mostly thanks to the Alger Underwater Preserve, where divers can explore numerous shipwrecks all along the coast of Lake Superior. By car, the Upper Peninsula is less than five hours from Milwaukee and six hours from Detroit.
Where to stay: Staying in Munising is the closest you’ll get to the lakeshore without sacrificing creature comforts. The 16-room Algers Fall Motel is right near all the best local attractions, and the concierge can help you figure out which ones to visit and how to get there.
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