Muskegon is one of the largest shore communities along Lake Michigan in western Michigan, with a population of 40,000 residents. Once a major source of timber, the resource has been tapped from the area, yet it remains a tourist destination for its state parks, beaches and large historic homes left behind from the lumber giants.
Muskegon has an art museum with works by Edward Hopper and Picasso's mistress, Francoise Gilot. The Muskegon County Museum focuses on the history of the region, including logging and the early Native American inhabitants. The Monet Gardens of Muskegon, once a vacant lot, recreates the gardens in Giverny painted by the famous French artist, Claude Monet.
Muskegon State Park is a popular destination for water lovers, as swimmers and boaters swarm the park during the spring and summer months. The park features two luge runs open during the winter and Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park and Wild Water Adventure Water Park are nearby for additional thrills and spills.
Muskegon is located along the western central shore of the state, overlooking Lake Michigan.