We passed through towns large and small, some thriving, some struggling, and some half-abandoned. In all though, the coastal area seems to be doing better than many parts of inland America, as the sightseeing, recreation, and industry supported by the Lake bring people and money.
At Grand Haven we left the highway and toured around the town. We found a lively, orderly city with a downtown filled with shops and businesses, a marina on the Grand River for boaters, and of course a beautiful stretch of lakeshore. The public beach is wide and clean, with a pier and lighthouse a little off to the north and tree-covered high sand dunes spreading out to the south, with spacious Queen Anne houses overlooking it all from a great bluff.
|Looking South from the Lakeshore at Grand Haven|
|Portage Lake, Michigan, on an Overcast Day Looking Toward Lake Michigan|
It passes through scenic lakeside towns and one of the most beautiful places on the Great Lakes – the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Just north of Arcadia there is a scenic turnout worth stopping at:
Looking South from the Scenic Turnout Just North of Arcadia on M-22
|Crystal Lake, Michigan, from its Northern Shore|