Here Are Michigan’s Top Instagram-Worthy Spots

Here in Michigan, we have countless destinations to visit, which all provide a great opportunity for you to take that perfect Instagram photo. And while we think every Pure Michigan destination is spectacular, there are a few that truly stand out.

Read below for 7 Instagram-worthy destinations across Pure Michigan and remember to follow us on Instagram!

1. Empire Bluffs

Empire, located on the coast of Lake Michigan in Northwest Michigan, defines the term hidden gem. With its soaring bluffs and breathtaking views, Empire is the gateway to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore where you’ll find helpful rangers who can help you find all there is to know about the formation of the dunes as well as point you in the right direction for hiking trails, beaches and scenic drives. Empire Bluffs offer an unbeatable view of Lake Michigan, and is a favorite picture-taking spot for Michigan residents and visitors alike. Click here to read more on Empire.


Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @sarahmurfy

 2. Porcupine Mountains

If you’re looking for an unforgettable camping trip, venture to the western region of the Upper Peninsula. Towering virgin timbers, secluded lakes and miles of wild rivers are what you can expect to find in the rugged Porcupine Mountains. Here, you can camp on the shores of Lake Superior and enjoy sunsets from your site after exploring more than 90 miles of foot trails. During the winter, the area is perfect for Alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.  For animal lovers, the ‘Porkies’ are designated as an official Michigan Wildlife Viewing Area and offer a pet-friendly shoreline.

It's hard to find a sight more spectacular than the Porcupine Mountains in Fall

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @catchupandrelish

 3. Turnip Rock

If you have not had the pleasure of experiencing Turnip Rock via Lake Huron, we insist that you head there immediately. This enormous rock received its turnip connotation from thousands of years of erosion from storm waves. Now, it’s an island with a few trees and little other vegetation. The land nearby is all privately owned, so the only way to view it is by kayak or trekking across frozen Lake Huron in the winter. While in the Port Austin area, be sure to check out Port Crescent State Park, one of three dark sky preserves in Michigan, where you can catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Read more on what it’s like kayaking to Turnip Rock here.

Turnip Rock, located on the shores of Lake Huron, is as iconic as any location in Michigan

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @forehand67

 4. Silver Lake Sand Dunes

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are a beach-lover’s paradise. Nestled along the shore of Lake Michigan and Silver Lake, you’ll find massive sand dunes, beach buggies—with the only sand dunes in Michigan where you can drive your own ORV—and miles of pristine shoreline beaches designed for family fun. Encompassing the towns of Hart, Mears, and Pentwater, Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area is the perfect spot for a family vacation with miles of tree-lined bike trails, historic towns, a lighthouse and more. Spend the morning on the dunes, the afternoon in the water and finish your day in one of our charming villages for a relaxing dinner at a locally owned restaurant. Ready to plan your trip? Read more about the Silver Lake Sand Dunes here.

Rev up your engines and head to the iconic Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @Izzca

 5. Tahquamenon Falls

One of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, the Upper Falls has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. If you travel a little farther in Tahquamenon Falls State Park, you’ll discover  the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island.  The State Park offers for four campgrounds with modern & rustic campsites and more than 40 miles of hiking trails, 13 inland lakes and approximately 20,000 acres of natural area. Winter offers opportunity for snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing with miles of marked trails.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a must-see for residents and visitors alike

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @kammtheguy

 6. Mackinac Bridge

The Mighty Mack. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere with 7,400 feet of roadway suspended in the air over the straits of Mackinac and unites Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. Total length of the bridge, including its approaches, is approximately five miles. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge should be on everyone’s Pure Michigan bucket list. Want to see some truly breathtaking views from atop the bridge? Click here.

The mighty Mackinac Bridge is the perfect place to snap a photo

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @MikeConnick

7. Detroit Skyline

Detroit is truly on a comeback. Everywhere you look, there are new restaurants, retail and businesses rejuvenating the downtown. Come to Detroit to experience the eclectic nightlife and theater scenes and the high-energy streets with year-round festivals.

The Detroit skyline is beautiful no matter the weather or season

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @AndrewJones111

When in the metro Detroit area, you can take a step back in time and explore the world-famous cultural attraction that is the Henry Ford, the western hemisphere’s largest polar bear exhibit and world’s largest penguin conservation center at the Detroit Zoo or find the kid in you at Lego Land and the Sea Life Michigan aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, which features thousands of aquatic, creates and interactive touch pools. Read more on the revitalization of the Motor City here.

Honorable mention: The Blue Water Bridge, Michigan Theater, Keweenaw Peninsula and the Michigan Capitol Building (and many, many others!).

Where have you taken an awe-inspiring photo in Michigan? Share with us by commenting below!

Five Fantastic Instagram Photos from Our Fans in April 2016

Slowly but surely, it’s getting warmer and warmer in the Great Lakes state, which means more outdoor adventures and sightseeing. This leads to gorgeous photos of our diverse landscapes in bloom, which our Pure Michigan Instagram community perfectly captured last month. From the beauty of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to the shores of Mackinac Island, take a look at a few favorites shared with us in April.

We can’t wait to hike on Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore trails!

april insta 1

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @christianmagoon

Warm weather and Mackinac Island. Just some of what we get to look forward to soon!

april insta 3

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @greendrinks

Life is perfect when it’s just you, sand, rocks and the beach. This shot was taken from the shores of Lake Michigan in South Haven.

april insta 2

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @hmbesemer

A Michigan destination that needs no introduction – Inspiration Point in Arcadia.

april insta 4

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @beachglassjunkie

Here’s to adventures at Straits State Park in St. Ignace.

april insta 5

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @moondusted

If you’re on Instagram, follow us @PureMichigan! If you’d like us to share your photos from across the state, tag them with #PureMichigan to give us permission to “re-gram.”

Tell us which image is your favorite in the comments!

Five Breathtaking Instagram Photos from Our Fans in March 2016

It may be cold, but it’s finally spring, a time of new beginnings! We can’t wait for scenes of blooming flowers and budding foliage. But while we wait for even warmer weather, we’re looking back at some of the best scenes from last month from our Pure Michigan Instagram community, who amazingly captured the changing seasons. From cotton candy skies in Mackinac Island to a beautiful rainbow at Tahquamenon Falls, take a look at a few favorites shared with us in March.

An inspiring shot of Empire Bluffs on the coast of Lake Michigan.

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @thetcfoodie

That clear water though… We adore this shot from the Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse.

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @kyle_heath97

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @kyle_heath97

It’s water vs. ice in this fantastic frozen shot from Frankfort.

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @jlsuper

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @jlsuper

We love this photo of cotton candy skies and lush greens on Mackinac Island.

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @jacquelynn_joy

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @jacquelynn_joy

The Upper Tahquamenon Falls and a rainbow – what more can you ask for?

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @raulersongirlstravel

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @raulersongirlstravel

If you’re on Instagram, follow us @PureMichigan! If you’d like us to share your photos from across the state,  tag them with #PureMichigan to give us permission to “re-gram.”

Tell us which image is your favorite in the comments!