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Third Coast: 5 Midwest beach towns you won't believe
By: Orbitz | August 8, 2015
Welcome to the Third Coast. You might be hundreds of miles from the ocean, but that doesn't mean you can't find postcard worthy coastlines dotted with beautiful beaches and charming towns. From Michigan to Minnesota, you'll find coastal communities that know how to make the most of their short summers and are well-equipped for week-long vacationers, from watersport rentals and charter fishing to boutique shopping and dining for all budgets. Here are five picturesque Midwest beach towns worth checking out this summer.
1. Duluth, MN. This far north town is set on the largest freshwater lake in the world and they make the most of it. Lake Superior is the final resting place of over 350 shipwrecks, making it the perfect destination for divers. If you're looking for a great combo of urban retreat and outdoor paradise, you'll find it here. The town boasts hiking trails, rocking climbing, scenic drives, even secluded waterfalls. You'll find boutiques, bookshops and eclectic dining throughout downtown, Canal Park and West Duluth. As for beachgoers, you can't go wrong with Park Point beach for a true back-to-nature experience. The world's longest natural sandbar, this strip of sand juts out 7 miles into the lake. And for superb views of this amazing body of water, take a leisurely 30-mile car ride down dramatic Skyline Drive, 600 feet above the shoreline.