Calling out Zeeland, St. Joseph and Coldwater! recently wrote an article on 12 cities in the state of Michigan that are "underrated"...

Michigan is home to plenty of famous towns and tourist attractions. From waterfront resort areas like Traverse City and Glen Arbor to larger cities like Detroit and Lansing, there are all sorts of must-visit spots here in the Great Lakes State. But Michigan also houses plenty of underrated destinations that are worth visiting — and you’ll want to see for yourself.

Here is the list...

  1. Dexter
  2. Zeeland
  3. Arcadia
  4. St. Joseph
  5. Calumet
  6. Iron Mountain
  7. Lexington
  8. Caseville
  9. Mt. Pleasant
  10.  Clawson
  11. Coldwater
  12. Rogers City

I was in shock when I saw three of our AWESOME West Michigan cities on the list. So I looked up the town, and found something unique and special about teach of these towns. I can't even imagine what I could discover if I hop in the car and spend an afternoon in them.


Since the air is crisp and the leaves are changing now would be the perfect time to visit  the Upper Macatawa Cycling Trails. The trails are not just for biking but hicking as well. Only great things about this trail were posted on

Job well done. A very nice example of both easy riding paved pathways for the casual biker and walker, and quite technical mountain biking trails for the adventurous. Park at the south end. A nice lookout about half way up the hill.

What a wonderful place for a family outing, day with friends, or a date. You really could create a day to remember in Zeeland.

St. Joseph

Silver Beach Carousel seems to be a show stopper. First opening in 1910, it was al the rage and stayed in operation until 1971. For years the Silver Beach Carousel stood still until a number of citizens banned together to form the Silver Beach Carousel Society, Inc. In 2010, the Silver Beach Carousel started to spin again. post this review of attraction...

Carousel is for the Kids and the Kid inside of us! So much fun, anytime you ride a Carousel, it caters to the kid in us and the kids are having fun! Everyone is going around in such a good mood, laughing, smiling, eating ice cream or cotton candy, again such FUN!
Sounds like St. Joseph is must place to visit; just think, the carousel is just one of many reasons to take a day trip to St. Joseph.


Little River Railroad is a treat for kids of all ages! The web-site gave some great information about the train you can hop if you visit Coldwater...
Ride the rails with an authentic 100 year steam engine train at the Little River Railroad.The 110 steam engine is a 4-6-2 Pacific type locomotive weighing approximately 58 tons. It is the smallest of its kind ever built for standard gauge and it is also a one of a kind locomotive.
This would be super fun because on October 7, 14, 21, 28  (11:00 am & 2:00 pm)Fall Pumpkin Trains will be running (pre-purchased tickets required). During the train ride you can  stop to pick out the perfect son to jack-o-lantern. had some incredible complainants about the train ride...
Love Steam TrainsIf you love the old west feel, you will love a ride on this old steam train. Feels like the wild wild west!! it is so much different with the sound and feel than a ...say amtrack ride. Well worth a ride to experience for both young and old.
And just as a heads up the steam train does some special runs around the Christmas Holidays.
Now, we should all strat planing a day trip to these AMAZING "underrated cities" .


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