21 Best Beaches

Get ready to dig your toes in the sand: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

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Twelvemile Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Photo: Kirkendall-Springs Photography

Twelvemile Beach

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

This spectacular white-sand strand on Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a northern nirvana of fishing, beachcombing, and lakeshore camping. Twelvemile is flanked by two other natural wonders: the 300-foot-high Grand Sable Dunes, and the chromatic sandstone cliffs that give the park its name.

Hotel Recommendation: Rent a luxury lakeside cabin from Hiawatha's Vacation Homes. Read our review.

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