Location: Lake Michigan
Ease of Getting There: 9/10
Ease of Staying There: 8/10
Ease of Eating There: 10/10
Plan a grand escape to the city of Holland, located on the shore of Lake Macatawa and off the coastline of Lake Michigan.
Stroll the boardwalk to appreciate Michigan’s most photographed lighthouse, the Big Red Lighthouse, which stands on the south side of the Holland Channel that connects to Lake Michigan. Head to one of Holland’s five beaches for swimming, sightseeing, and hiking sand dunes, or sit back and relax on a daytime or sunset cruise.
The annual Tulip Time Festival honors the Dutch heritage of the community and showcases millions of tulips for a spectacularly beautiful sight. You will also see the town’s rich history at Windmill Island Gardens which features the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the US.
Named one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes Magazine, you’ll have no trouble wandering the streets of downtown Holland visiting unique local shops all year long. During the summer months, the downtown hosts street performers every Thursday night for evening entertainment.
From Detroit, Holland is two hours and forty minutes away by car and is two and a half hours from Chicago.