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Old 08-26-2020, 01:07 PM
 
Location: California
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Last summer, I had an extraordinary time exploring northern and western Michigan. Overall, I was very impressed by the beautiful forests, lakeshores and small towns of Michigan. I especially enjoyed Mackinac Island and the sand dunes that dotted the western shoreline of Lake Michigan.

After a lovely vacation in Michigan last year, I am now determined to see and explore more of the Great Lakes Region, which is highly underrated by Americans who live on the East and West Coasts of the United States. As a result, I am considering a vacation in Wisconsin next summer, and I am curious to know:
  • Overall, how does Wisconsin compare to northern and western Michigan from a travel perspective?
  • Is there as much natural splendor in Wisconsin as there is in Michigan?
  • How do the small tourist towns in Wisconsin compare to those in Michigan? Are they as clean and charming?
  • What are the attractions and destinations that a first-time visitor to Wisconsin must see?
Thank you in advance for your replies.
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Old 08-26-2020, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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All the nice beaches western Michigan has? Wisconsin doesn't have those because it's on the leeward side of the lake whereas western Michigan is on the windward side.

IMO northern Wisconsin's tourism and hospitality industry is more developed than northern Michigan's. This is especially true compared to the Upper Peninsula. The tourism in northern Wisconsin and revenue it generates means more amenities and more amenities and better maintained infrastructure. But it also means things can get crowded on weekends, especially the traditional summer holidays of Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. You'll have more elbow room in northern Michigan unless you're in one of the main tourist hotspots like Mackinac or Traverse City.
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Old 08-27-2020, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Wisco Disco
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All the nice beaches western Michigan has? Wisconsin doesn't have those because it's on the leeward side of the lake whereas western Michigan is on the windward side.
he said "western shoreline of Lake Michigan." The only place that occurs relative to MI is in the UP. please see map, and explain.
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IMO northern Wisconsin's tourism and hospitality industry is more developed than northern Michigan's. This is especially true compared to the Upper Peninsula. The tourism in northern Wisconsin and revenue it generates means more amenities and more amenities and better maintained infrastructure. But it also means things can get crowded on weekends, especially the traditional summer holidays of Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. You'll have more elbow room in northern Michigan unless you're in one of the main tourist hotspots like Mackinac or Traverse City.
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Old 08-27-2020, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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he said "western shoreline of Lake Michigan." The only place that occurs relative to MI is in the UP. please see map, and explain.
What exactly is your confusion?
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Old 08-28-2020, 04:15 AM
 
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In WI, houses have to have to have overhanging eaves an drain troughs. In MI the water can just run off next to the foundation. Something to do with the natural permeability of the soil. Architecture that gives a towns a very different appearance.

WI people shovel snow off walks and driveways, right down to bare pavement and grass edge, at 5 an. MI people just drive over it and pack it down.
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Old 08-28-2020, 11:09 AM
 
Location: SE WI
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What exactly is your confusion?
The OP meant eastern shoreline, not western. Don't sweat it....
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Old 08-28-2020, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Wisco Disco
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What exactly is your confusion?
None. but you seem to have issues with geography. have a nice day
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Old 08-28-2020, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Wisco Disco
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The OP meant eastern shoreline, not western. Don't sweat it....
Nice of you to speculate as to what the OP meant contrary to the post. but my post was about the ineptitude of bitey and now that bitey doubled down on it, ... game on.
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Old 08-29-2020, 11:47 PM
 
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The dunes are on the east shore of the lake, western shore of Michigan. Mackinac is the opposite.
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Old 08-31-2020, 12:49 PM
 
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You'll have more elbow room in northern Michigan unless you're in one of the main tourist hotspots like Mackinac or Traverse City.
Not true during the 1st 2 weeks of July when the auto companies have their summer shutdown. All over northern Michigan is packed with tourists. I-75 heading north during this time is a parking lot in certain areas.
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