10 Hours in Grand Haven, Coast Guard City USA, As Told in 10 Photos
When it comes to Michigan's east and west coasts, there's really no contest in my estimation: the west coast, the one that hugs Lake Michigan for miles and miles, is the better coast, hands down. From Sturgeon Bay to the Leelanau Peninsula, from Sleeping Bear Dunes all the way down to Benton Harbor and beyond, it would be pretty difficult to go wrong. Of all the places you could visit along the west coast, however, you could do much, much worse than Grand Haven.
Known as Coast Guard City USA — due to its being the first city in the country to earn the designation — Grand Haven is an über popular beach town about 35 minutes outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan's second largest city. Home to Grand Haven State Park and its iconic red lighthouse, as well as a couple other public beaches, the city is practically a summer paradise.
Recently, I had the pleasure of spending an entire Saturday in Grand Haven, and as the photos below will show, it was certainly time well spent.
First, Coffee, but then...
A Bicycle Built for Two
A Parting Shot