It's no secret to Michiganders that our beaches are awesome, but it's still cool to see them nationally recognized. Not one, but two Michigan beaches placed in a national ranking of the best freshwater beaches!

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I hear all the time that people from out-of-state are surprised by how beautiful Michigan is on their first visit. Some have no idea how vast and stunning Lake Michigan is and when they see it for the first time, they compare it to the ocean.

Frankfort, MI. (Peggy Sue Zinn via Unsplash)
Frankfort, MI. (Peggy Sue Zinn via Unsplash)
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Michigan residents are like duh! -- that's why they're called the Great Lakes!

Well, it's freshwater beaches that Fodor's Travel chose to highlight in their recent ranking titled: "The 15 Best Lake Beaches in the U.S.":

When most people think of booking travel for a “beach trip,” they traditionally think of destinations located along the coast. Many people don’t realize that there are many underrated beaches across the U.S. that aren’t necessarily oceanic, but still just as beautiful. Here are more than a dozen of the best lake beaches across the United States, with no ocean in sight.

So which Mitten State beaches made the cut?

The Beaches of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Daniel del Real via Unsplash
Daniel del Real via Unsplash
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Here's Fodor's praise for the picturesque stretch of land along Michigan's North West Coast:

The enormous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore spans 35 miles of sandy shoreline on Lake Michigan outside Traverse City. Here, visitors will encounter dune bluffs that can tower as high as 450 feet above the water. Travelers can set their home base in the nearby town of Empire which offers easy access to reach the park and its gorgeous beaches, including Empire Beach, Esch Road Beach, Peterson Beach, Platte River Point, Good Harbor Bay Beach, or Bohemia Beach. The sparkling clear waters set against a backdrop of towering golden sand dunes make for a spectacular place to watch the sunset at night.

North Shore Beach in Grand Haven

Ottawa County
Ottawa County
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Here's Fodor's praise for North Shore Beach,

Grand Haven State Park and public beach offer miles of golden sand, clear water, a historic pier to explore, with close proximity to the downtown area. It’s a wonderful getaway for visitors of any age. The park’s North Shore Beach in particular is a must-visit hidden gem. It’s located on the calmer side of the Grand River channel, so visitors can enjoy the same fantastic sands and tranquil water conditions while being just far away from town that it feels like a relaxing respite.

If it were up to me, every beach on Fodor's list would be a Michigan beach -- but you can check out the rest of the beaches that make up their list here.

LOOK: Lake Michigan Beach Named One of the Best 'Secret' Beaches in U.S.

Northern Michigan's South Manitou Island has been named among the best 20 "secret" beaches in the U.S. by Southern Living Magazine.

Within Sleeping Bear Dune's National Lakeshore, South and North Manitou Island are part of an island chain in Lake Michigan that extends north to the Straits of Mackinac. 

According to the National Park Service, "The island consists of a ridge of tilted layers of limestone, buried under a blanket of glacial debris. It features unique sand dune formations, 10 miles of beaches, and a grove of old growth white cedars that date back over 500 years."

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