Friday, September 16, 2011

Michigan seeing more Visitors due to Increase in Popularity in the Press

Being No. 1 has its privileges, but one of them is not standing in line.
That’s what throngs of visitors to the most popular areas of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore did Saturday, less than two weeks after the park won a contest sponsored by the Good Morning America (GMA) television show to select the most beautiful place in the United States.

Traffic was backed up one-quarter mile for about two hours on Saturday, jammed between the fee both and parking lot. Extra help was also needed to keep traffic moving at the nearby Dune Climb.

Hauk said GMA may not deserve all the credit for higher traffic counts. What he termed a “perfect storm” for visitation descended over the park last weekend including other accolades received by the park this year, and the Pure Michigan advertising campaign.

Lakeshore officials and Leelanau County residents are evaluating the impact of the GMA publicity.

“I would have voted 100 times for the Grand Tetons. I don’t want everyone to know about Leelanau. It saddens me,” Roman said.

“Field and Stream came out with a story that said Tippy Dam had the best salmon fishing in the Midwest,” Roman said. “Pretty soon, I started seeing license plates of fishermen from Arkansas, Indiana. I won’t go down there any more. It’s combat fishing … everyone is shoulder to shoulder.”

Excerpt from: Lakeshore grows in popularity (follow link for full article)



Good Morning America 10 Most Beautiful Places in America

What's the most beautiful place in America? "Good Morning America" set out to settle the debate.

We asked you to tell us what you think is the most beautiful place in the United States. Thousands of photos poured in from across the country showcasing breathtaking views, true natural beauty, unique local landmarks, jaw-dropping landscapes, many with awe-inspiring stories to match.

Read below to see which spots made it onto "Good Morning America's" 10 Most Beautiful Places list. We've listed the places alphabetically and want to hear which one is your favorite.

This week, "GMA" will take viewers to the most beautiful spots in the United States, all nominated by you!

Top Ten:
1. Asheville, N.C.
2. Aspen, Colo.
3. Cape Cod, Mass.
4. Destin, Fla.
5. Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
6. Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
7. Newport, R.I.
8. Point Reyes, Calif.
9. Sedona, Ariz.
10. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mich.

For full article visit: ABCNew.com

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