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Pure Ludington Accolades

Recognition and Awards

In Ludington, we’re surrounded by natural beauty, vibrant community events, and a rich history that makes our community truly special. For those who call Ludington home, it is a point of pride when we get to hear how others feel about Ludington and Mason County. Here’s a list of accolades and rankings that Ludington has received over the past few years, showcasing the exceptional experiences and quality of life we offer.


  • USA Today 10Best named Ludington Best Historic Small Town (2024)
  • Travel Addicts – named Stearns Park Beach one of the best beaches in the world (2021, 2020)
  • Forbes – “Top 5 U.S. Destination to Visit in the Off-Season” (2021)
  • Metro Parent – “Best  Vacation Spot for Families with Toddlers” (2019)
  • U.S. News & World Reporting named the Ludington State Park as one of the “20 Best Michigan State Parks” (2019)
  • named Ludington one of “5 Hidden Gems” (2018)
  • Thrillist named the Mitten Bar one of the 31 Best Beer Bars in America (2018) and one of the 10 Best Michigan Bars Outside of Detroit (2014)
  • OUTSIDE Magazine named Ludington Best Beach Town and a semifinalist as America’s Best Town (2016)
  • DRAFT Magazine named the Mitten Bar to its Top 100 Beer Bars in America (2012-2016)
  • Detroit Free Press named Stearns Park Beach  one of the Top 10 Michigan Beaches to Explore (2015)
  • Off Grid Quest ranked Ludington State Park number  2 among the Top 100 Campgrounds in the United States (2015)
  • Yahoo! Travel named the Mitten Bar to its “Better Than The Ball Drop: 8 Great New Years Eve Party Bars (2013)
  • BBC Travel named the Mitten Bar one of America’s Best Beer Bars (2012)
  • Detroit Free Press has designated Ludington as Michigan’s #1 Best Beach (2007)
  • Midwest Living has recognized Ludington as one of its Top 25 Favorite Places in the Midwest (2003)
  • AAA Michigan has rated Ludington as the third most-popular driving destination in Michigan (2002)
  • Michigan Living has awarded Ludington with its #1 Public Beach designation (2001)
  • “Scenic dunes, sunsets on the water, and soft sand that ‘sings’ to you when you walk. It’s addictive.” – Midwest Living
  • “Despite its lumber legacy, its lighthouse and its famous car ferry, this Michigan resort town is still an undiscovered jewel.” – Home & Away (AAA)
  • “Ludington, Michigan, loved for its lighthouses and home to one of Michigan’s most spectacular state parks.” – Kansas City Star
  • “If the sunsets don’t get you, the dunes will, as well as some new lodging options in this coastal town.” – Michigan Meetings & Events
  • “Dunes, beaches and history lure travelers to Ludington, Michigan.” – Daily Herald
  • “The town’s a charmer too, with homey diners, brewpubs, ice-cream parlors, and an overall 1950’s Maineet-U.S.A. feel.” – Budget Travel
  • “We love the beach at Ludington on the Lower Peninsula’s central shore.” – Midwest Living
  • “Generations of families return year after year. The highlight for us has more to do with spending time together than with trying to see and do it all.” – Family Fun
  • “Beach-lined Ludington State Park reigns serene on Lake Michigan.” – Country Discoveries Magazine