Which city is best in the Midwest? A recent poll from USA Today and 10Best aimed to find out.

Three Michigan towns were in in the running and two have made the top ten.

A panel of experts nominated their 20 favorite small towns across the Midwest, then it was put up to a public vote - and now the votes are in!

The Michigan towns nominated for "Best Midwestern Small Town" were Traverse City, Mackinac Island, and Marquette.

Traverse City

Traverse City Tourism, Facebook
Traverse City Tourism, Facebook

Here's USA Today's praise for Traverse City,

Traverse City showcases the beauty of Lake Michigan and the wilderness that surrounds it. Be sure to see the Sleeping Bear Dunes along the lake, taste the famous wines produced here and enjoy the flavorful cherries that put the town on the map in the first place. There are outdoor adventures to be had throughout the year, as a little bit of snow doesn’t stop the locals from getting out and having fun. They just strap on their snowshoes and go – and you should, too.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, Facebook
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, Facebook

Here's what USA Today says about Mackinac Island,

Take a ferry to Mackinac Island, a car-free vacation spot that's home to numerous resorts, hotels, B&Bs and more, all reached by horse and buggy, bike or on foot. It’s an idyllic place that transports visitors to a slower pace, be it wandering the shops, visiting historical sites or just sitting in an outdoor café watching the world go by.


Travel Marquette, Facebook
Travel Marquette, Facebook

USA Today on Marquette:

Perched on Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Marquette is famous for its outdoor adventures, from downhill and cross-country skiing in winter to mountain biking and hiking in summer. Its stunning wilderness setting combines with a lively culinary scene and unique shopping experiences.

So which Michigan towns made the Top 10? Mackinac Island came in at No. 9 and Traverse City came in at No. 4.

Here's the rest of the Top 10:

  1. Vevay, Indiana
  2. Dyersville, Iowa
  3. Sandusky, Ohio
  4. Traverse City, Michigan
  5. Bayfield, Wisconsin
  6. Savanna, Illinois
  7. Logan, Ohio
  8. Mineral Point, Wisconsin
  9. Mackinac Island, Michigan
  10. Ste. Geneviéve, Missouri

The three towns were also in the running for more USA Today contests, here's how they fared:

Marquette came in at No. 10 for "Best Small Town Cultural Scene" in the U.S.

Traverse City nabbed No. 4 for "Best Small Town Food Scene" in the U.S.

And Mackinac Island came in at No. 9 for "Favorite historic Small Town" in the U.S.

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