Summer Getaways: Beaver Island, Michigan

Your perfect summer vacation may be just around the corner

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    Photo: Kevin J. Miyazaki

Just 60 miles north of Traverse City, this 58-square-mile island has old-growth forests, swamps, sand dunes, and beaches—yet only 40,000 people visit each summer. Take the two-hour car ferry from Charlevoix (from $180 round-trip), and set up your Lake Michigan–view camp at the Saint James Township Campground ($5). Then spend your days exploring the island’s 100 miles of trails and seven undeveloped inland lakes, or kayak to one of five nearby uninhabited islands (rentals, $60).

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