Bay City, Michigan

Location: Lake Huron

Ease of Getting There: 9/10

Ease of Staying There: 9/10

Ease of Eating There: 9/10

Bay City is burrowed near the eastern shoreline of Michigan, at the base of the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron. Take a drive up I-75 to visit this waterfront city full of one-of-a-kind shops and sights.

Stroll the beaches at Bay City State Park for glistening views over Lake Huron. With more than a thousand feet of sandy beach, it’s no wonder that this park was named as one of the 20 Best Michigan State Parks.

While in town, check out Michigan's largest antique center for some unique finds or head over to City Market for produce and foods from local farmers, small business owners and restaurants.

Experience live performances, firework shows and other special events while embarking on a dinner cruise. If you prefer to stay on land, grab some friends and explore the city on wheels with a trolley tour while sipping on wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage.

From waterfront restaurants to uptown eats, Bay City has your taste buds covered. Stay the weekend (or week) in a cozy hotel or try one of Bay City’s unique lodgings, like the Historic Webster House Bed and Breakfast, which is one of the Top 10 Bed & Breakfasts in the U.S.

Visiting this quaint city is an hour and forty minute drive from Detroit and a two hour and twenty minute car ride from Toledo. 

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