Discover Coastal Dream Towns

After canvassing all coasts for towns with seaside charm, a lively beach culture, and good housing, these are our top spots for planning quick trips or finding a new place to live.

Dream Towns

Plan a vacation location or find a new place to call home in this roundup of our favorite coastal communities.

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Casual Great Lakes Coast
Photographer Matthew Gilson

Casual Great Lakes Coast

Petoskey, Michigan

Between the tourist frenzy of Traverse City and the polished club-iness of Harbor Springs, the casual town of Petoskey has its own identity on the northeast coast of Lake Michigan. The vibrant downtown is compact and fueled largely by summer visitors, but the steep streets, historic architecture, and miles of waterfront make it a great place to settle year-round.

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