Fifteen Pure Michigan Moments To Inspire Your Next Getaway

Another successful Pure Michigan Moments photo contest is in the books. This year, a record 4,000 photos were submitted! We were absolutely blown away by the number of images that truly captured the beauty and character of Pure Michigan. These 15 awe-inspiring Pure Michigan moments are reason enough to pack your bags and make a trip to the Mitten State. 

To view all of the submissions from this year’s contest, visit

Congratulations to our winning photographer, Ryan Zeller! We love this wintry sunrise taken in Lexington, MI. Read about Ryan’s winning entry here.

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Amazing sunset at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon, MI. Photo by Joe Gee

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Turnip Rock in Port Austin. Photo by Shalee Blackmer.


AuSable River near Oscoda. Photo by Steve Femminineo.


South Haven, MI. Photo by Pete Shannon.

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Rise and shine on Douglas Lake. Photo by Michael Tokarz.

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Lake Michigan wave action at McGulpin Point. Photo by Linda Sorensen.


Michigan love at Rosy Mound Natural Area. Photo by Dane Vermeulen.

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Manistique, MI. Photo by Carly Maas.


Grand Rapids, MI. Photo by Amy Kopec.


Backpacking in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Photo by Gary McCormick.


The Presque Isle River on a fall morning. Porcupine Mountains State Park, Ontonagon, MI. Photo by Brad Terry.

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Hickory Corners, MI. Photo by Joey Stap.

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Loving the sand at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo by Deb Oung.


Wagner Falls near Munising. Photo by Paul Schrader.


Do you have a Pure Michigan moment to share? Tag it with #PureMichigan on Instagram or Twitter or post it to our Pure Michigan Facebook page!

3 thoughts on “Fifteen Pure Michigan Moments To Inspire Your Next Getaway

  1. Beautiful pictures Where can you get the heart with the Michigan in it, seen in the picture above from Rosy Mound?

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