Milky way in the Upper Peninsula


Experience the Dark Skies of Michigan

Michigan is filled with beautiful, celestial skyscapes.

When night falls and Michigan’s breathtaking views fade into the darkness, the skyscape opens to one of the greatest star shows in the continental United States. Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula in particular, offers perfect stargazing conditions because the Great Lakes surround the state in near total darkness. The result is an unrivaled viewing experience.

Six state parks are home to protected Dark Sky Preserves. Additionally, Michigan is home to Headlands International Dark Sky ParkKeweenaw Dark Sky Park and Dr. T.K. Lawless Park, which are the only internationally designated preserves in the state. Each location provides the very best opportunity for you to truly enjoy the Milky Way, aurora borealis and more. 

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