Five Gorgeous Instagram Photos from Our Fans in May 2016

It’s almost summertime and we’re looking forward to more Tiger’s games, boating, golf and many more quintessential Michigan experiences. All of these outdoor activities lead to gorgeous photos of our fantastic state, which our Pure Michigan Instagram community perfectly captured last month. From the beautiful skyline of Detroit, the Comeback City, to Turnip Rock in Port Austin, take a look at a few favorites shared with us in May.

A beautiful shot of a beautiful city.  Make sure you get out and explore Detroit this summer.

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @rickthird

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @rickthird

A kayak trip to Turnip Rock in Port Austin is a must!

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @forehand67

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @forehand67

Celebrate the 50th year of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore this summer! Can’t go wrong with these views.

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @smilesbeek

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @smilesbeek

Woah, these colorful skies never get old. This shot was taken near Lake Orion.

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @iamandrewchristian

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @iamandrewchristian

A stairway to adventure on Mackinac Island.

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @micaelraephotography

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @micaelraephotography

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!

Dive into Pure Michigan Shipwrecks at These 5 Preserves

Since Michigan is surrounded by large bodies of water, it is one of the best places to explore shipwrecks. Experience history firsthand by visiting one of the sites this summer! Even if you aren’t a diver, there are options for charter tours with glass bottoms perfect for making memories while staying dry! To get you started, here are five water preserves that offer many shipwreck dives and tours. 

Thunder Bay Shipwreck Dive

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Located on Lake Huron, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary holds nearly 200 historic shipwrecks in and around the bay. The cold, fresh water preserves the wrecks intact and frozen in time. There are several ranging depths, from a few inches to 200 feet, so it’s perfect for both diving beginners and experts or even snorkelers. Visit the headquarters at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center to learn more about the wrecks before getting into the water. A few of the sites to visit include the Monohansett, the Grecian, the schooner Defiance and the brig John J. Audubon.

If you don’t want to get wet but still want to explore, look into Alpena Shipwreck Tours. Take off from Alpena into Lake Huron’s Shipwreck Alley. With “glass-bottom” viewing wells, these cruises are the perfect option for non-divers or for families with children. While cruising and checking out the wrecks, you’ll hear about the history and legends of Thunder Bay.

Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve

Head over to the Traverse City area for some great sites. Grand Traverse Bay is strategically located, which means many ships have sailed through for commerce activities. The Bay holds several lost ships near the shorelines making it a great destination for diving. The Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve has worked hard to keep these wrecks intact for your viewing and learning pleasure. Check out Metropolis, a schooner that was lost in a snow storm in 1886. Some of the debris is only in eight feet of water, but there are deeper portions in 120 feet of water. Another schooner, the Yuba is only in 15 feet of water, making it a viable option for beginning divers. A third option, out of many, is the A.J. Rogers, built in 1862 that sank in 1898 while attempting to reach Old Mission Point. This schooner is located 53 feet under water.

If you’re looking to learn how to scuba dive or go with a group, check out Scuba North. A full service diving center, Scuba North has several options for charters, group travel and training.

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Alger Underwater Preserve

For another Michigan location to explore, go further north to Munising. The Alger Underwater Preserve is located on the south shore of Lake Superior which includes Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Island. In addition to shipwrecks, there are “sea caves” and underwater interpretative trails. A couple of the popular sites are the Smith Moore, resting at 70 to 105 feet of water, and the Bermuda, popular with sport divers at a depth of 12 feet.

For a great tour, go with Exploring the North for narrated tours of the Lake Superior Shipwrecks with glass-bottom viewing panes perfect for observing the wrecks. They also offer diving for any type of diver, from beginner to expert.

Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve

Visit the Thumb and check out the Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve in Lake Huron. There are several family fun activities as well, like the Port Sanilac Lighthouse, Sanilac Petroglyphs and the Lake Huron Shipwreck Museum. This Preserve is popular with sport divers as there are several options within recreational diving limits and at least 16 shipwrecks are above 120 feet. Visit Sport, the first steel tug on the Great Lakes. Sport has an abundance of relics and tools scattered throughout the site. Undiscovered until 1986, Regina is another great option with cargo scattered along the lake floor.

Go through Rec & Tec Dive Charters for an easier way of getting to the wrecks. Take a look at their website for more information on schedules and the area.

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Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve

The Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve is another great location on Lake Michigan to find fantastic shipwrecks. Visit the wreck Havana, a schooner that sunk in 1887, for great viewing of the ship’s construction. The hull, keelson, centerboard, hanging knees and more can be observed by divers. Another wreck is the Rockaway, lost in a storm in 1891 while sailing from Ludington to Benton Harbor. Make sure you stop in at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven for some cool information surrounding the wrecks.

Shipwreck Explorers is one company you can go through for scheduling your diving tours. In the southeast region of Lake Michigan, the company can take you to the wrecks Hennepin, S.S. Michigan, Hamilton, and H.C. Ackley off the shores of Saugatuck and South Haven.

Be sure to check out our website for more trip ideas if you visit one of these locations!

What shipwrecks are your favorite to dive or view? Share with us in the comments!

Four Places for Glamping in Michigan

Glamping is a new way to experience the outdoors. Also known as glamorous camping, there’s typically no need to pitch a tent or unroll your sleeping bag while still enjoying the beautiful outdoors. This summer is the perfect time to try out this new form of traveling. To get you started, here are a few glampgrounds in Pure Michigan perfect for your next summer vacation.

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Photo Courtesy of Mount Bohemia

Mount Bohemia

Located in the Upper Peninsula, Mount Bohemia is a 1,100-acre all-inclusive resort on the shore of Lake Lac La Belle. This resort is perfect for all types of families and friends, providing a wide range of accommodations from log cabins and inns to yurts and hostels. A ton of amenities are also included, like meals, lodging, guides and all the equipment to explore the outdoors via kayak, fishing, biking and more! This is the perfect place to explore the Upper Peninsula as it is almost as far north as you can get in Michigan. There is even a yoga retreat this summer! This is one glampground you don’t want to miss so reserve your vacation today.

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Photo Courtesy of Camp Buttercup

Camp Buttercup

Just ten miles west of Ann Arbor, Camp Buttercup is an English-style glamping retreat on a private country estate in Southeast Michigan. Here you can enjoy camping and commune with nature without giving up the comforts of sophisticated lodging. Dexter has tons of activities for your enjoyment including, but not limited to, biking, fishing, bird watching, yoga, picnics and more! Stay in an authentic English Shepherd hut from Somerset, England for your next retreat. There are several types of retreats to choose from like Creative Arts or Total Health Journey. If you don’t see one you like, you can even tailor a custom retreat specifically to your needs.

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Photo Courtesy of Wild Cherry Resort

Wild Cherry Resort

Wild Cherry Resort in the Traverse City area on the Leelanau Peninsula could be the perfect place for you to take a vacation this summer! Although there are tent sites for more traditional camping, RVs and yurts are also available for a more luxurious stay. Inside the yurts are a small table, a queen-size bed, a twin-size trundle and a day bed. One can even order the wine, cheese, fruit and flowers package for a more lavish stay. Local activities include the Leelanau Wine Trail, kayaking, the National Cherry Festival, fishing and more outdoor activities.

Photo Courtesy of Bella Solviva

Photo Courtesy of Bella Solviva

Bella Solviva

Expected to open this summer, Bella Solviva is a glamping eco-resort created for the outdoor adventure enthusiast. Located in the Antrim Chain of Lakes region in the greater Grand Traverse Bay area, there is an array of lodging options at the resort including safari tents, teepees, cabins, tree houses and more unique accommodations! If you’re looking for fun outdoor activities, Bella Solviva hopes to have several sports like volleyball and basketball, a ropes course and even a zipline! Check out the website for updates on the opening and to see which accommodations you can reserve today!

Where have you glamped in Pure Michigan? Let us know below!