Beautiful Michigan

A couple of weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit “up North” lower Michigan. We started in Grand Rapids, went up to Mackinaw City via Sleeping Bear, Traverse City and Charlevoix and returned back to Grand Rapids spending time in Muskegon, Saugatuck and Holland.

Michigan is beautiful in summer with beautiful sandy beaches and stunning sunsets.  Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, the two large lakes we saw during this trip are part of the “Great Lakes”, a series of five huge interconnected lakes in North America. The lakes are so big that they have waves and dangerous weather just like an ocean.  There are also large ships transporting goods on the lakes.

As usual, we took a number of 360 panoramas.  You can find the full set of panoramas here. Below is a selection of panoramas to give you a flavour of Michigan.

Sleeping Bear is a beautiful National Lakeshore  along Lake Michigan with large dunes. This panorama was taken close to sunset when people were gathering in the park. If you look closely you can see people climb the steep sides of the hill:

Sleeping Bear Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Lakeshore

Explore this panorama by clicking on the image below:

 

In Traverse City there were a large number of Seagulls which were nice enough to pose for the photo:

Seagulls by Traverse City Beach

Seagulls by Traverse City Beach

Have a closer look by looking around this panorama:

 

Along the way, we stook a  stop at Charlevoix, a pleasant town with a nice harbor and lake connecting Lake Charlevoix with Lake Michigan.

Charlevoix Harbor and Round Lake

Charlevoix Harbor and Round Lake

Have a closer look by looking around this panorama:

 

The sunsets in Michigan are amazing.  We witnessed an example of such a stunning sunset in Mackinaw City, while looking at Mackinac bridge:

Sunset over Mackinac bridge

Sunset over Mackinac bridge

Experience the moment yourself by looking at the panorama here:

 

And as if that not enough, very soon after the sun had set, the moon rose on the other side of the straight, resulting in a beautiful combination of a moonrise on  one side and the last sunlight on the other side:

Moonrise in Mackinaw City at Dusk

Moonrise in Mackinaw City at Dusk

Have a closer look by exploring the panorama:

 

There is also some exercise to be had. For example, when you climb these long stairs you end up on a sandy path that takes you to Oval Beach by Saugatuck over mount Baldhead.

Stairs to Oval Beach

Stairs to Oval Beach

Have a closer look here:

 

The beach you reach on the other side is a lovely sandy beach along Lake Michigan:

Oval Beach

Oval Beach

Have a closer look at this panorama here:

 

As with any large body of water, Lake Michigan has a number of lighthouses, including this one in Muskegon which we took a photo of at dusk:

Lighthouse in Muskegon

Lighthouse in Muskegon

Have a look around in the panorama here:

 

For more beautiful photo’s of Michigan you can find the full set of panoramas from our Michigan trip here.

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