I’ve watched sunsets from the shores of Greece, tundra of Norway, and beaches of Australia. Although sunsets in those places are beautiful, they pale in comparison to a Michigan sunset.
I’ve sat in awe many times watching the sunset along Lake Michigan. There’s something about watching the clouds light up in shades of pink, purple, and orange while the waves crash below. If we’re lucky, there’s a freighter out in the water or a lighthouse next to us on shore. Michigan is filled with thousands of miles of spectacular shoreline that offer a million dollar view of the sun setting against the horizon. Here are just a few of my favorite places to watch a Michigan sunset:
Located on the western shore of The Thumb, Caseville offers a unique experience to watch the sunset over Lake Huron. This is commonly known as the “sunrise shore.” The M25 highway travels through Caseville. Here you can find the Albert E. Sleeper State Park and dozens of other roadside pull-offs to catch the sun setting over Saginaw Bay. Because it is located on a bay, there is often less wind and waves. This can cause some incredible reflections in the water.
The town famous for the Sleeping Bear Dunes is also quite famous for its incredible sunsets. Whether watching the sunset from the top of the dune climb or the shores of Empire Beach, you’ll be promised some “awe” inspiring moments. Empire is also a haven for Great Lakes surfers. You might just see a few catching waves at last light.
Big Sable Lighthouse, Ludington
A short and flat two mile hike from Ludington State Park Campground is one of the most picturesque places to watch day turn to night. The Big Sable Lighthouse sits just feet away from Lake Michigan, surrounded by empty beaches and tall sand dunes. And don’t leave right after sunset, stay around and wait for the millions of stars to appear over the beach.
Mackinac Island is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset while on a family vacation. Enjoy the view from a restaurant patio or overlooking the marina. You’ll watch the boats travel through the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge slowly begin to glow. If you are looking to get away from town for the sunset, rent bikes and ride them west along Lake Shore Drive until you come upon the pebbled beaches.
A tiny fishing town along Lake Superior offers miles of empty beaches, perfect for watching the sunset in solitude. You’ll often find driftwood along the shores and millions of pebbled rocks. If you are looking for a different view of the sunset, head to Grand Sable Dunes just west of town. The towering dunes resemble Sleeping Bear Dunes, but with a lot less people. The sunset here will be best in the summer, when the sun sets to the north.
Where is your favorite place to watch a Michigan sunset? What time of year is best for sunset watching?