Michigan is definitely one of the most beautiful states in America, maybe even one of the most beautiful spots in the world — Just look at our Instagram and you’ll see our many posts from around the state. Our not-so-little Mitten is truly a national treasure. From National Forests to miles of coastline, every region brings a breathtaking view sure to put you at awe.
Snow or shine, our state has an endless list of picturesque views just waiting to be snapped. Whether you’re a seasoned professional photographer, an avid Instagrammer, or somewhere in-between, these are our favorite picturesque views from across the state.
Of course the most central landmark, the mile-long bridge that connects the two beautiful peninsulas of our state, is a popular spot on Instagram. Snap a picture from either side of the bridge, or during your trip across the bridge, and take in the experience of crossing to the glorious Upper Peninsula.
After you’ve crossed the bridge, you can make your way to Tahquamenon Falls for breathtaking views. Whether you prefer to keep your distance and stay on the trails and landings, or you want to get right into the action with a canoe or kayak, both the upper and lower falls have plenty of shots waiting to happen.
Detroit Public Art
The ever-changing art scene in Detroit brings culture together in a way that you can’t find throughout the rest of the state. From murals that can stretch hundreds of feet into the air to sprawling sculptures along the ground, your inner-hipster will appreciate the many living and breathing art scenes.
Michigan State University
Once named THE most Instagrammed spot in the state, MSU’s East Lansing campus comes with endless photo opportunities, no matter the season. We recommend a stroll across campus with a Dairy Store ice cream cone in hand.
University of Michigan
Another of many beautiful campuses across the state, U of M’s vast Ann Arbor campus holds endless photo opportunities. From ivy-covered buildings to the art-covered walls of downtown Ann Arbor to the infamous Big House, you’re sure to find plenty of opportunities to fill up your Instagram feed.
Sleeping Bear Dunes
This National Park brings a breadth of opportunities for adventure. We love the outlook from the Empire Bluffs hiking trail for a clear shot of the dunes and Lake Michigan. For a shot of the clear blue Lake Michigan, consider making the trek across the Upper bowl of the dunes. Then embrace your inner child and run as fast as you can down the dune (without face planting of course).
Point Betsie Light
While there are numerous lighthouses worthy of a shot, we love this little red lighthouse located right off Lake Michigan in Frankfort. Sun or snow, it shines bright against the cool, clear, blue waters.
This funky looking rock located right off the Thumb of the Mitten is too cool not to miss. Head out for a kayak ride around it or a quick dip in Lake Huron.
The home of our favorite baseball team, the Detroit Tigers. Nothing beats an evening under the stadium lights enjoying a cold beer and a classic hot dog while taking in the sites of the city.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Last but definitely not least, the incredible and awe-inspiring Pictured Rocks. No matter where you find yourself along the coast, you’ll find yourself among 360 picturesque views.
Where is your favorite place in Michigan to get Instagram-worthy pics? Let us know in the comments!