Five Fantastic Pure Michigan Instagram Fan Photos from December

From holiday lights to Northern Lights and icy landscapes to snowy sunsets, our Pure Michigan Instagram fans truly captured the beauty of Pure Michigan in December! These remarkable photos remind us how great it is to see such wonderful Pure Michigan sights year round. Here are five of our favorite photos from this month. For more fan photos, check out our SeptemberOctober and November roundups and follow us on Instagram.

An icy view of Presque Isle taken from Picnic Rocks near Marquette, MI by @tracieblazei via @yoopershirts:

A colorful morning sunrise on Lake Superior by @satcheldog:

A winter wonderland found in East Lansing, MI by @meg_mall:

An amazing shot of the Northern Lights in Marquette, MI by @ztwede:

Rolling waves on a snow covered beach on Lake Superior by @mparrrv:

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

Announcing the 2nd Annual Pure Michigan Moments Photo Contest

UPDATE: Carla White of Christmas, MI has been announced as the winner of the 2nd Annual Pure Michigan Moments Photo Contest. Carla’s photo of a sunset over Lake Superior near Christmas, MI (below) will be featured in the 2014 Pure Michigan Travel Guide. Congratulations Carla! 

Carla White's winning photo submission of a sunset over Lake Superior near Christmas, MI.


We had a blast marveling over the phenomenal photos our fans submitted during last year’s Pure Michigan Moments photo contest. Since we had such a wonderful turn out, we’re excited to once again invite fans of Pure Michigan to share their favorite “Michigan Moment” as part of the 2nd Annual Pure Michigan Moments photo contest!

The winning photo and the photographer’s name will be published in the 2014 spring/summer Pure Michigan Travel Guide. The photo submission period of the contest kicks off today (November 1, 2013) and will run through November 10th.

After entries are submitted, fans will be able to vote for their favorite photo on the Pure Michigan Facebook page from November 11th- November 17th.

Fans can submit photos directly to the Pure Michigan Facebook contest tab, or through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #puremichigancontest. All submissions will be automatically fed into the customized Facebook tab on Pure Michigan’s page, where fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photos.

The winner will be chosen from the top 10 photos, as voted on by fans, based on which photo best represents the quality and character of Pure Michigan. You must be a fan of Pure Michigan on Facebook to view the photos and vote.

The winning photo will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people in the 2014 spring/summer Pure Michigan Travel Guide.  One million copies of the guide will be printed, with 650,000 copies being distributed with the March/April issue of Midwest Living magazine.

Here is the winning photo from last year’s contest by Sean Chess of Coldwater, MI at the St. Joseph Lighthouse. For more inspiration, visit our Pure Michigan Facebook page, Instagram, or Flickr channels.

Head over to the Pure Michigan Facebook page to learn more and start submitting your photos today!




First Look at the Pure Michigan Fall 2013 Billboards and Bus Wraps

With the fall color season just around the corner, Pure Michigan has launched this year’s fall advertising campaign. We wanted to give you a sneak peek at some of the ads you’ll be seeing on billboards across the state (and beyond) starting as early as this week. The Pure Michigan-branded buses can be seen in Chicago throughout the season.

Take a look at the images below and let us know what you think! We also included links to the locations featured in the photography if you’re interested in learning more or making a first-hand visit.


Bond Falls:
Sugarloaf Mountain:

Tunnel of Trees in Ludington:

Bus Wraps

Otter Creek in Honor:

Bond Falls:

Tunnel of Trees:

Interested in learning more about fall in Michigan? Order your free copy of the Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide online today at