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Vacationing in Muskegon Michigan
by Jennifer Weiss

Located in the central part of Western Michigan, Muskegon is a popular vacation destination due to the many attractions it offers visitors. With Lake Michigan to the west and Muskegon Lake to the north, this area is primed for whatever water activity you can imagine. If you prefer your vacation experiences to be on land, Muskegon can also accommodate your desires with its miles of trails, numerous state parks, lush golf courses, and enlightening museums and theater performances.

One of the reasons Muskegon is a favorite vacation spot is because of its ideal location near two sparkling bodies of water. Since this city sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, visitors can enjoy all the activities that come with staying near such an expansive and accommodating body of water. Fishing charters are readily available for those seeking perch, trout, salmon, and numerous other species, while boat rentals can be found throughout town for those who prefer their own sightseeing tours or active adventures, including waterskiing and tubing.

When the size and temperature of Lake Michigan become overwhelming, head over to Muskegon Lake for the kind of lake experience many of us are used to. The waves are much smoother and less imposing, so you can head over to the beach and feel comfortable allowing the kids into the water. When you get out on a boat or jet ski, you will not sway as much as you would on Lake Michigan, allowing for an easier ride around the lake. In addition, a walk along the beach is no longer a scary proposition since the water of Muskegon Lake is significantly warmer than that of Lake Michigan.

Beyond the lakes, outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy the variety of opportunities that Musketawa Trail offers to visitors of this area. The trail is 26 miles long, stretching from Muskegon to Marne, and takes journeymen through farmlands, wetlands, woodlands, and small towns. In the summer, it allows for popular activities such as rollerblading, hiking, and horseback riding, and for those visiting in the winter, this is one the best places in the area for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

For even more summer and winter activities, head over to Muskegon State Park for outdoor pursuits of every imaginable variety. There is over a mile of Lake Muskegon shoreline and over two miles of Lake Michigan beaches, which have been called some of the most beautiful in the world. You will also find hiking, a fishing pier, picnic shelters, a playground, and swimming opportunities at the beaches. For winter guests, cross-country skiing and a luge run, that is part of the Winter Sports Complex, are available, but be sure to make reservations for the luge since there is typically high demand.

In the spring or summer, duffers can head over to the Chase Hammond Golf Club to challenge their accuracy. Though the course is not particularly long, golfers must have a precise drive in order to avoid the woods that lie against the winding fairways. For more family-oriented, indoor entertainment, try the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum for a tour a WWII submarine and a Prohibition-Era Coast Guard Cutter. And if you need some nighttime amusement, check out the musicals and plays offered by the Muskegon Civic Theatre. The two theaters within the building, the Frauenthal Theater and Beardsley Theater, have been providing Muskegon with music and culture for many years.

Whether you are venturing to Muskegon for snow and cold entertainment or warm and sunny excitement, you will want accommodations that allow you to relax and enjoy your vacation. Since getting your gear together for cross-country skiing or rounding up the family for a trip to the beach can be time consuming and stressful, why not get the most out of your trip by staying in a conveniently located Muskegon vacation rental. You can stay close to all the attractions you plan to visit and rest in the comfort of your home away from home after a busy day of outdoor adventure.

To find the perfect cottage or waterfront home rental for your next trip to Muskegon, visit GreatRentals.com. You are sure to find one that meets all your needs and makes it easy to experience all this lively city has to offer.

About the Author
HomeAway.com has the most comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes on the Internet. For an alternative lodging option, look into a Muskegon vacation rental for your next trip to Western Michigan.