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January 10th, 2017 by MichiganLiving 6 Jaw-Dropping Scenic Overlooks In Michigan (In Photos)

Michigan has lots of amazing views that makes travelers rave about them. With its natural beauty and picturesque landscapes, it’s not surprising anymore to see tens of thousands of visitors visiting The Mitten State year round.

One of the most talked about features of Michigan is its incredible scenic overlooks. Below are some of the best ones that are truly worth the visit.

Arcadia Overlook – Manistee County

After climbing 120 steps (80 vertical feet), you will find yourself standing on the highest point in Manistee County, Michigan. The Arcadia Overlook allows you to see the most picturesque views and amazing scenery of the county (and nearby cities). Arcadia Overlook (also known as “Inspiration Point”).

This scenic overlook is visited by thousands of tourists and travelers every year. There are picnic table available, charcoal grills and more making it a perfect place for friends and families to relax and unwind.

For more information, you can visit the following links:
Arcadia Overlook by VisitManisteeCounty.Com
Arcadia Overlook by Manistee.Com


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Cut River Bridge Overlook – Mackinac County

When it comes to bridges in Michigan, there’s no question that Mackinac Bridge is the most popular one. But, when it comes to scenic bridges, the Cut River Bridge Overlook is one of the best one. This bridge is one of Michigan’s largest and most well-known historic bridges and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This scenic overlook offers visitors and travelers the chance to take a break from a long drive and see the beauty of Northern Michigan. The bridge stands 147 feet above the Cut River and it has a stairway that provides access to several trails along the river.

For more info, here are few web pages that you can check out:
Cut River Bridge by TheGreatWaters.Com
Cut River Bridge by AHealthierMichigan.Org
Cut River Bridge Rest Area by MichiganWaterTrails.Org

Cut River bridge. #michigan #michigrammers #yooperlife

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On our way to a good weekend

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Empire Bluff – Empire

Empire Bluff is located 400 feet above the sandy shoreline of Lake Michigan. After a very nice, brief and easy hike, you will get to see the picturesque view of the national lakeshore. Below are few links that can describe the Empire Bluff more.

Empire Bluff Trail by NPS.GOV
Sleeping Bear Dunes: Empire Bluff Trail by MichiganTrailMaps.Com
Hike Empire Bluff Trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes by MyNorth.Com

? Empire Bluff Trail ?: @thejoepotter For a chance to be featured, send your best shots to Info@MyMichiganders.com

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Watched this dude launch off the bluff last night. #extreme #parasailing #puremichigan

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Pictured Rocks Lakeshore – Munising

There are lots of areas in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that are easily accessible by vehicle or short hiking trails. Each and every one of them offers unique and amazing views of Lake Superior. For more of Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, visit:

Scenic Sites at Pictured Rocks by NPS.GOV
Log Slide Overlook at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by MIAwesomeList.Com
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the South Shore of Lake Superior by ExploringTheNorth.Com

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore! By @paigeleighphoto

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Michigan is absolutely incredible #puremichigan #up #picturedrocks

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Hiking #picturedrocksnationallakeshore with @becnieb ?

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Porcupine Mountain – Ontonagon

The Porcupine Mountain Overlook Trail offers amazing views and unique sceneries to travelers.  The trail begins and ends off M-107, climbs to nearly 1,500 feet and passes two viewing areas that provide an amazing glimpse into the heart of the stunning Porkies.

Porcupine Mountains: Overlook Trail by MichiganTrailMaps.Com
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park by MichiganDNR.Com
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Hiking and Backpacking Trails by SuperiorTrails.Com

Backpacking our way up made this view just that much more amazing. #wilderness #puremichigan

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Sleeping Bear Dunes – Empire

Much has been said about Sleeping Bear Dunes but one thing is for sure, it’s a must see and visit place in Michigan if you are looking for great and picturesque views!

Sleeping Bear Dune Overlook by NPS.GOV

Back in September when Michigan was actually cool

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PSA: go out to the dunes before the leaves all fall!!!!

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Oh Michigan, you are so BEAUTIFUL!


18 responses to “6 Jaw-Dropping Scenic Overlooks In Michigan (In Photos)”

  1. Wow, these are all gorgeous. I’ve seen Sleeping Bear Dunes but haven’t walked around much, and I’ve been over the Mackinac Bridge.

  2. They’re all so beautiful. Perhaps a trip to one of these places will be the downtime I’d need.

  3. Abigail says:

    These are amazing! I’ve never been to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, but I’ll have to go sometime. I love seeing all these pictures from around our state; this helps me appreciate it more. 🙂

  4. I’ve never been to Michigan before! But your pictures sure are selling it! 🙂

  5. Becki says:

    Love it! We sure live in a beautiful state. Pictures Rocks and Empire Bluffs were two of our favorites to visit last summer.

  6. Gorgeous. Michigan has such incredible variations in its landscapes. I loved to visit so many of these places.

  7. Jeanine says:

    Wow jaw dropping is right! I never knew Michigan was this stunning. I would love to visit someday and take a peek myself!

  8. Heather says:

    Wow!! Beautiful beautiful photos!! I don’t know how you did that one picture with the green tree right in the middle, but looks beautiful.

  9. kelly reci says:

    wow!! they are all beautiful! especially the autumn one! I would like to visit Michigan someday!

  10. These are some gorgeous views and scenery. I hope to visit Michigan someday and see these views for myself.

  11. Michigan is such a beautiful state. I had a cousin who grew up there, but then moved to Florida when he got married. I love all the photos you featured here. They are enough to convince me to travel there!

  12. These are splendid shots! Love all the pictures of such an amazing Michigan. They’re breathtaking. I hope to visit this place some day.

  13. Oh my gosh, the view is absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen such a more gorgeous scene.

  14. A2withKids says:

    Amazing Views. I loved Sleeping Bear Dunes.

  15. I love Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan is so stunning during the summer time.

  16. Rachel Dean says:

    I think this summer my hubby and I will have to venture over MI more. He loves to take photos.

  17. Elizabeth O. says:

    Oh wow! Those are some stunning views! I would love to see those in person someday soon. Michigan definitely has a lot to offer when it comes to beautiful scenery!

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