Last chance to vote for Michigan’s Best Vacation Spot

Today is the last day our polls open to vote for Michigan’s Best Vacation Spot. You have until midnight to let us know where you are most looking forward to a visit around the mitten this summer.

Of course, we love going to the northern parts of our state. The northern lower peninsula and the upper peninsula have gotten a lot of love for good reason. They are absolutely beautiful and have so much to offer visitors from incredible landscapes to amazing activities. Our western Upper Peninsula poll received the most votes from our regional polls, outperforming all others by hundreds and hundreds of votes. It looks like it’s going to be another busy summer in the UP

The biggest surge in polls this week is due to the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, which has gone from fourth on the western upper peninsula to a very strong first rank, beating the Porcupine Mountains and Marquette. Can this vacation spot hold out at the top? We will inform you next week.

RELATED: See all 132 nominations for Michigan’s Best Vacation Spot

We all have links to the eight regional surveys we’ve put together below. These feature vacation spots that have been nominated by our MLive readers. You can vote every three hours until midnight. We’ll be sharing the regional winners with you next week, along with stories to help you travel safely this summer and enjoy the best that Michigan has to offer.

Muskegon Mayor Stephen J. Gawron, right, is silhouetted as he speaks to a crowd that gathered at the Pere Marquette Beach Roundabout in Muskegon to celebrate the “Celebrating Muskegon” sculpture on Thursday April 22, 2021 see. The Muskegon Public Art Initiative’s abstract glass sculpture was designed by North Carolina-based artists John Littleton and Kate Vogel. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)
Cory Morse | MLive.com

Vote for your favorite Muskegon and lakefront vacation spot.

Muskegon & Lake Michigan Shore

* From 8:30 a.m. on April 30th

1. Pere Marquette Beach, Muskegon – 24.48%

2. Lake Michigan, everywhere – 20.72%

3. Grand Haven, MI – 18.83%

4. Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Mears / Hart – 10.17%

5. Muskegon State Park, Muskegon – 9.79%

Mackinac State Historic Parks

The adventure tour in historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Photo from Mackinac State Historic Parks, used with permission

Vote for your favorite vacation spot in the eastern northern lower peninsula.

Eastern Northern Lower Peninsula

* From 8:30 a.m. on April 30th

1. Mackinaw City, MI – 32.73%

2. Tawas Point State Park, East Tawas – 13.82%

3. AuSable River, Champagne Hill, Oscoda – 8.73%

4. Oscoda, MI – 8.36%

5. Tawas Point, East Tawas – 7.27%

Traverse City

Clinch Park Beach is a beautiful spot along West Bay that is also within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of downtown Traverse City. | Courtesy VisitTraverseCity.com

Vote for your favorite vacation spot in the western northern lower peninsula

Western Northern Lower Peninsula

* From 8:30 a.m. on April 30th

1. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – 11.03%

2. Traverse City, MI – 8.97%

3. Petoskey, MI – 5.61%

4. Ludington, MI – 5.28%

5. Ludington State Park, Ludington – 5.23%

The best photos from MLive.com of 2020

The sun sets from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Marquette, Michigan on Sunday, October 11, 2020. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)

Vote for your favorite vacation spot in the western upper peninsula

Western Upper Peninsula

* From 8:30 a.m. on April 30th

1. Keweenaw Peninsula – 34.33%

2. Copper Harbor, Keweenaw Peninsula – 21.57%

3. Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon – 21.21%

4. Houghton / Hancock – 11.39%

5th Marquette, MI – 6.14%

From Mackinac to Soo

The final leg of our Michigan adventure was from the Mackinac to Sault Ste road. Marie.

Vote for your favorite vacation spot in the Eastern Upper Peninsula

Eastern Upper Peninsula

* From 8:30 a.m. on April 30th

1. Mackinac Island – 17.39%

2. Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Paradise – 15.10%

2. Shown rocks, Munising – 14.9%

4. Grand Marais, MI – 6.4%

5. Whitefish Point Lighthouse, Paradise – 5.72%

A look back at the Bay City Tall Ship Celebrations

The Europa makes its way from Saginaw Bay towards the Saginaw River as people watch 2010 at Bay City Yacht Club in Bangor Township. John Ehlke | MLive.com

Vote for your favorite Bay City vacation spot and keep your fingers crossed

Bay City & Thumb

* From 8:30 a.m. on April 30th

1. Caseville, MI – 23.02%

2. Port Austin, MI – 21.31%

2. Bay City, MI – 19.24%

4. Michigan’s Thumb Coast, Port Huron and North – 12.71%

5. Bay City State Park, Bay City – 8.93%

Michigan's best day in St. Joseph

You can drive straight from downtown to North Pier Brewing and reward yourself with a cold and a snack.

Vote for your favorite southwest Michigan vacation spot

Southwest Michigan

* From 8:30 a.m. on April 30th

1. South Haven, MI – 33.91%

2. Holland, MI – 26.64%

3. Silver Beach, St. Joseph – 11.76%

4. Dune Rides, Saugatuck – 8.65%

5. St. Joseph / Benton Harbor – 7.61%

Detroit skyline from Belle Isle

Detroit’s skyline from Belle Isle on Saturday, September 21, 2019. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)Cory Morse | MLive.com

Vote for Michigan’s Best Vacation Spot: Other Favorite Destinations

Other favorites

* From 8:30 a.m. on April 30th

1. Grand Rapids, MI – 34.46%

2. Others, write in candidates – 16.89%

3. Detroit, MI – 16.28%

4. Belle Isle, Detroit – 10.81%

5. Cold water surface, chain of lakes – 4.05%

Beer of the week: Blackrocks

Gonzo and Amy on the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Marquette looking at the actual Blackrocks during their filming of Michigan’s Best Day.

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