The Best Photography in Traverse City

Looking for the best photography in Traverse City? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Traverse City. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top photography spots in and near Traverse City

  • Traverse City, Michigan

    Fat Tire Biking on the Vasa Pathway

    10 mi
    If you’re looking for a place to fat bike ride in the area, then this is the spot for you! To access the Vasa Pathway you’ll want to head to Timber Ridge Resort, feel free to park in the main area. From the southeast corner of the Timber Ridge Resort, you will be able to jump on the pathway. You ...
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  • Maple City, Michigan

    Paddle Glen Lake

    A pristine lake thats just waiting to be explored by kayak, SUP, canoe or boat (keep in mind that power boats are allowed on this lake). The water is amazingly clear and a beautiful shade of aqua blue. During the summer months, the air temperature remains relatively cool and makes for perfect, lo...
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  • Traverse City, Michigan

    Explore Mission Point Lighthouse

    0.2 mi
    Mission Point Lighthouse is situated between the East and West Grand Traverse Bays, about 20 minutes north of downtown Traverse City. This historic lighthouse offers stunning views of Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan. There is a parking lot located a few hundred feet away where visitors can p...
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  • Traverse City, Michigan

    Hike Old Mission Peninsula Park

    6 mi / 183 ft gain
    At the end of the Old Mission peninsula sits Mission Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse is surrounded by 5 acres of wooded township and many acres of state land! Upon arriving you can explore the shores just below the lighthouse - there can intriguing iceberg islands forming at the edge of the wate...
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  • Leland Township, Michigan

    Paddle Board Lake Michigan from Leland Harbor

    5.0
    For a day on the water, off the shores of Lake Michigan head to Leland. Park in the marina and load onto your paddle boards from the boat ramp. You'll quickly find your way out of the marina, in which you can head right, left or to open water. Either way you'll find accessible beaches and clear s...
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  • Kingsley, Michigan

    Hike the Rollways on the North Country Trail

    3 mi
    Park at the High Rollway Observation Deck in Kingsley. There's actually two parking lots that you will come to on a dirt road. I suggest parking at the eastern most lot (drive straight instead of making a final right turn). There are two primary wooden platform lookouts near the parking lots. Be ...
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  • Maple City, Michigan

    Hike Pyramid Point Trail

    4.5
    2.8 mi / 570 ft gain
    Beginning at the trailhead, the 2.8 mile round trip takes you on a gravel/sand trail up 570 feet. The trail slowly winds uphill until you hit an opening at the top that looks out at the Sleeping Bear Dunes and down on Lake Michigan. 
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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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  • Empire, Michigan

    Drive the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

    5.0
    A seven mile drive that offers views that are unbelievable. There are twelve stops along the way that correspond with an interpretive guide that is found at the beginning of the drive. The drive takes you through multiple landscapes.  The points of interest are as follows:1. Covered Bridge2. Glen...
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  • Empire, Michigan

    Hike to Big Glen Lookout

    5.0
    4.4 mi
    Start at the Alligator Hill trail head and make your way up the hill for roughly .1 of a mile until you hit a marker. Turn left at the sign and keep on the trail for another 1.3 miles. You will hit a scenic lookout called Islands Lookout which you can stop and get pictures at. From there you will...
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Hike Empire Bluff Trail

    5.0
    2 mi
    This moderately hilly boardwalk hike takes you to scenic viewpoints above Lake Michigan. The Sleeping Bear Dunes do not fail to impress, particularly at sunset.
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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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  • Glen Arbor, Michigan

    Hike Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    4.5
    3.5 mi
    There are two approaches to conquering the Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You can run to the top (the preferred method for those under the age of 10). Or, you can slowly trek up the side of this seemingly vertical wall of sand, breathing and sweating heavily, cursing each l...
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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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  • Glen Arbor, Michigan

    Hike the Ghost Forest Trail and the Dunes of Glen Haven

    3 mi
    Park your car at the Sleeping Bear Point Trailhead in Glen Haven, Michigan, once parked find your way to the sign for point of reference with the map. You'll find that the Ghost Forest Trail is a 2.8 mile loop. You can start the loop at the trailhead which is near the bathroom, or at the sign whe...
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  • Glen Arbor, Michigan

    Hike the Sleeping Bear Point Trail

    5.0
    2.8 mi
    The Sleeping Bear Point Trail is a 2.8 mile loop through the sand dunes with amazing views of Lake Michigan and South Manitou Island. There is a 0.5 mile spur hike from the trailhead to the Lake Michigan beach. It is less strenuous than the hike from the Dune Climb to Lake Michigan.   
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