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Top Photography Spots in and near Michigan

  • Waterford Township, Michigan

    Paddle the Headwaters of the Clinton River

    The total trip is approximately 2 miles, or 50-90 minutes. Your leisurely trip begins at the Waterford Clinton River Canoe Launch. While some paddlers go downstream and then back upstream to the start, I recommend staging a car or a bike where you end. The end point for this trip is the business ...
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  • Bessemer, Michigan

    Explore Gabbro Falls

    Gabbro Falls is located just east of Blackjack Ski Resort in Bessemer, MI. There are two options for seeing the falls. First, you can continue through the resort parking lot, and continue up a service road. On the left, you see a small parking area. From the parking area, you can see a small hand...
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  • Marquette, Michigan

    Winter Hike to Black Rock Cove at Presque Isle Park

    1 mi
    The locals will tell you that if you go one place in Marquette, MI, it needs to be Black Rocks Cove. A favorite cliff jumping site in the summer, the cove is just as worth visiting in the winter in order to see the impacts of Lake Superior's winter storms on the landscape like the ice blasted tre...
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  • Ontonagon, Michigan

    Backpack the Union Spring and Lost Lake Trails in the Porkies

    8.1 mi / 600 ft gain
    The hike begins at the Union Spring trailhead, roughly two miles south of the Park Headquarters on Boundary Road. This area of the park is also the winter cross country and snowshoeing section of the park, so many of the trails are marked for winter travel. To make sure you stay on the summer rou...
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  • Houghton Township, Michigan

    Hike to Lookout Louise

    2 mi
    Starting at the Tobin Harbor day use dock kayak/canoe northeast or out of the inlet towards Lake Superior. Stay on the left side of the inlet for roughly a mile. You will pass several small chains of islands so stay to the left. You will come upon another day use dock and you will want to get out...
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Winter Hike Empire Bluff Trail

    1.5 mi / 170 ft gain
    Just outside the village of Empire is where this venture starts. This hike may be the most famous hike in the area. The Empire Bluff Trail provides incredible views of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, South Bar Lake and Lake Michigan! The hike is slightly hilly, and stays primarily in the trees. At ...
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  • Seney, Michigan

    Au Sable Point Lighthouse

    3.01 mi / 157 ft gain
    This was a fun visit while at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  There was a volunteer couple running the lighthouse portion and they were friendly, kind, and well informed. The tour itself (led by a NPS ranger I believe) was just ok, but it was still interesting.  The views at the top of th...
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  • Roscommon, Michigan

    Paddle the Mason Tract

    The Mason Tract is a massive protected wilderness area encompassing 4,493 acres. The crystal clear AuSable River runs right through the heart of this forest. On this trip, you will encounter enormous old trees with beautiful remote scenery around each riverbend. Bald eagles and black bears are pl...
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  • Seney, Michigan

    Log Slide Overlook

    0.5 mi
    Log Slide Overlook on Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's upper peninsula stands over 500ft above the water and provides stunning views of Lake Superior. Pictured Rocks is home to many beautiful waterfalls, hikes, cliffs and vistas, including Log Slide Overlook. This location is an o...
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  • Maple City, Michigan

    Winter Hike Pyramid Point Trail

    2.8 mi / 570 ft gain
    The trail beings at the parking lot, it takes about 20 minutes to get to the famous overlook, about a 570 foot elevation gain. As you start the trail, after about .4 miles you will find a juncture off to your right, stay straight and it will lead you to the overlook. After you take in the sweepin...
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  • West Olive, Michigan

    Kayak Pigeon Creek to Lake Michigan

    The start and end of this adventure is at the dead end of Holly Drive. There is a small boat launch parking lot that sometimes has a porta-john, although I would not count on it. You can kayak upstream (to the right) to enjoy a peaceful paddle around and through the reeds, and I have seek many mu...
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  • Holland, Michigan

    Climb the Stairs up Mt. Pisgah

    0.5 mi / 80 ft gain
    Feel the burn in your calves and thighs! If you don't feel it, pick up the pace or do it all again! The good news is it is actually just a large dune, not an entire mountain. It should not take you very long to run, even though there are over 200 steps here. Every 25th stair is marked and there a...
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  • Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Tranquil Bluff Trail on Mackinac Island

    3.09 mi / 180 ft gain
    You will need to take a ferry to the island to access this hike, but the fare is cheap and is worth it for a day trip. This hike starts at the very popular (and thus usually crowded) Arch Rock and takes you halfway across the island to British Landing. Even with the initial crowds, you should be...
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  • Holland, Michigan

    Experience the Holland MI Tulip Festival

    Each year in May this festival is held all across Holland, Michigan, with schedules of attractions, flowerbed locations, and additional information found at the Tulip Time website. It is well known internationally and has been awarded Best Flower Festival, America’s Best Small Town Festival, and ...
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  • Holland, Michigan

    Swim at Holland State Park

    Holland State Park has a variety of activities available, the most prominent of course being swimming and relaxing on the beach. You can lay out towels and sunbathe, throw a frisbee or football in the large sand area away from the water, or play sand volleyball on one of the many courts. There is...
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  • Empire, Michigan

    Sleeping Bear Dunes Overlook

    0.26 mi
    Located along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, this lookout towers over Lake Michigan and provides sweeping vistas of the lake and the surrounding lakeshore and peninsula. After parking in the lot, head along the paved path to the overlook. Once the...
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