Tranquility at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.

Sure, there are big, obvious American vacation destinations to get on your travel bucket list, such as New York City or the Grand Canyon. But, what about those special American cities that are off the radar?

The staff at MSN.com has put together a list of a the most “underrated American destinations,” and two Michigan cities made the cut. There are only 31 areas on the list, so Michigan having two is a great showing.

“There are some US destinations, from New York City to Yosemite National Park, that seem to get all the attention,” MSN.com states. “But this vast continent and its territories is also rich in places that don’t get the recognition they deserve, whether that’s because they’re harder to reach, are overshadowed by glitzy neighbors, or just haven’t been shouted about that much (yet). These are the underrated, less-visited (and typically less crowded) spots around the US perfect for exploring…”

So, which Michigan areas made the cut? Ann Arbor and Isle Royale are on the tally. Regarding Ann Arbor, MSN.com states, “It’s home to the University of Michigan, whose Museum of Art has a vast collection from examples of African architecture to Picasso paintings – access has been restricted due to COVID-19 so check for updates. The city also has a growing reputation for great food, showcasing a diverse range of cuisines.” For Isle Royale, they states, “There are no cars or hotels but plenty of moose and waterside camping spots (permit required). Isle Royale, which is surrounded by around 450 other islands scattered across Lake Superior, really is about escaping modern life. Hiking trails weave through dense forest and around the ruggedly beautiful shores.” I’ve actually never been to Isle Royale and would love to check it out this season. View the full list of MSN.com’s most underrated American destinations here.

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    Welcome to Munising, Michigan Your gateway to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore The Pictured Rocks is comprised of over 15 miles of shoreline along Lake Superior. Over 100 miles of scenic trails are located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore area. These colorful sandstone cliffs tower

  • Marquette

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    Adventure, any way you choose. From exploring the striking blues of Lake Superior and an abundance of breathtaking, evergreen hikes to chasing the elusive northern lights, Marquette County is an outdoor lover's paradise. Bike, run or hike over 150 miles of scenic trails. Paddle, swim or fish inland lakes big or small or-the Greatest Lake of all.

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  • Holland

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    Holland is best known for its Dutch heritage, evident in many of its attractions and events. Visitors can walk back through time in the Dutch Galleries of the Holland Museum, the renovated splendor of the Cappon House and a recreation of 1890s Netherlands at Nelis' Dutch Village.

  • Sault Ste. Marie

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    Incorporated in 1871, the City of Alpena overlooks Lake Huron's picturesque Thunder Bay. The wood, cement, and heavy machinery industries of Alpena stemmed from a long industrial heritage that started with logging of the 1800s. Besides these industries, Alpena offers to the public an abundance of businesses along with a community college and a regional medical center.

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  • Harbor Springs

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    Harbor Springs is a charming waterfront community that lies in a sheltered bay on the north shore of Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. M-119 connects with US 31 seven miles east and south at Bay View, and Petoskey, which is 4 miles away on the south side of the harbor.

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  • Frankenmuth

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    Introducing, The Bavarian Bierpass Your Tool for Exploring Frankenmuth Through Beer, Wine, & Spirits Grab your passport for a trip around Michigan's Little Bavaria - When you successfully complete the journey around town, a prize awaits you at the end!

  • Mackinac Island

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  • Ontonagon

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    Our aim is to inform residents, businesses, and visitors; to promote economic vitality and opportunity; and to deliver efficient and effective municipal services to enhance your quality of life. Check back often for updates on recreational activities, community events, Village Council actions, Village news and other areas of interest.

  • Charlevoix

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    Discover the beauty of Charlevoix, MI, located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Round Lake, and Lake Charlevoix in Northern Michigan. Experience all that Charlevoix has to offer: Earl Young mushroom houses, Castle Farms, family fun activities, boating and sailing, outdoor recreation, snow sports, winter recreation, fall color tours, world-class lodging and dining and everything in-between!

  • Paradise

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    Spend the day at Whitefish Bay on sandy beaches with great views of Lake Superior.Uncover hidden treasures at the Shipwreck Museum, ranked one of the top ten mari-time museums in the world.

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  • Petoskey

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    This spring, escape routine According to the calendar, spring is officially here. Time to escape the day-in, day-out routine and visit the Petoskey Area. Stretch and refresh as you hike or bike along the lakeshore or through majestic forests. Hunt for Petoskey Stones on scenic beaches. Explore boutique shops in charming communities.

  • South Haven

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    From the beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan to the eclectic eateries, award-winning wineries, quaint boutiques and the natural scenic surroundings - there's just something special about this place. South Haven and the surrounding West Michigan area offer much more than typical tourism, but a vacation getaway experience you'll never forget.

  • Ludington

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    Welcome to your happy place Let us show you around Discover Ludington in West Michigan! Welcome to Ludington - the land of beautiful beaches on the coast of Lake Michigan, with plenty of outdoor adventures and lots of fun! People of all ages enjoy Stearns Park Beach on a sunny, summer day.

  • Pentwater

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    Discover Pentwater. Come for a day. A week. A life. Pentwater, Michigan - the village, township and surrounding area - is a quintessential, old-fashioned, laid back community with a rich history on the shores of Lake Michigan's clear waters and sugar-fine sandy beaches. It surrounds a 500-acre inland lake that's fed by a vibrant river.

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  • Boyne City

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  • Caseville

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  • Port Austin

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    Visit Port Austin, the tip of Michigan's Thumb, and be immersed in the best that Lake Huron has to offer: beautiful sunrise AND sunset over the water, sandy beaches and dunes, unique rock formations, fishing and water sport rentals to mention just a few.

  • East Tawas

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  • St. Ignace

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    Historic St. Ignace The history of St. Ignace dates back over 300 years. Come and experience the rich cultural mosaic that makes our community unique. Your Home Port Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of St. Ignace. Take a day trip and discover all the Upper Peninsula has to offer.

  • Suttons Bay

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    The village of Suttons Bay lies midway up the eastern shore of the Leelanau Peninsula. It has a quality all of its own, with Michigan wine country tours, nature ride trails and a historic shopping district. Also home to the Leelanau Sands Casino, there's plenty of activities year-round in Suttons Bay.

  • Newberry

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    Newberry, Michigan "Things to See" The Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to experience Tahquamenon. Located within the heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, we have large array of spectacular Things to See.

  • Marshall

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  • Harrisville

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  • Frankfort

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  • Au Gres

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    Au Gres' downtown has an appeal that draws customers with its small town friendliness, unique shops, quality restaurants, wineries and pubs, and natural beauty. Au Gres offers year round recreational [...]

  • Rose City

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  • Gaylord

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    Eager for a fresh air fix? The spacious forestlands and waterways of Gaylord, Michigan offer enough room to roam and unspoiled wilderness to go around! Located in the heart of northern Michigan, Gaylord welcomes you to relax or seek adventure along our bountiful forest trails, winding rivers and over 90 sparkling inland lakes.

  • Menominee

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