The Upper Falls on the Tahquamenon River is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. At peak, more than 50,000 gallons per second pour over the dramatic drop. Both the upper and lower falls are located within Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
The Mackinac Bridge spans the five miles across the Mackinac Straits. It connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan, and was first opened for business in 1957. It is currently the 5th longest suspension bridge in the world. It is most commonly viewed from the nicely manicured grounds of the Fort Michilimackinac State Park next to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. BUY NOW!
One of Michigan’s most majestic vistas, Lake of the Clouds is found in Porcupine Mountains State Park. It is an elongated basin along the Big Carp River and is nestled between two ridges near Lake Superior. The easily accessed overlook is a favored destination for tourists from around the world.
Northern Lights, or “Aurora Borealis”, occur when solar storms throw charged particles toward earth. The earth’s magnetic shield deflects most of the storm, but at the magnetic poles some of the particles slip in. In the north, as these atoms collide with gas particles in our atmosphere, they light up, causing the famed Northern Lights. They are best viewed in the north on clear nights in areas with little to no light pollution. BUY NOW!
Bond Falls is one of Michigan’s most spectacular waterfalls! It is found in Ontonagon County near the small community of Paulding between Bruce Crossing and Watersmeet. The Michigan DNR manage the waterfall. They have put in a wonderful, paved parking lot, wheelchair accessible pathway and semi-circular viewing deck that wraps around the base of the waterfall.
The Sturgeon River pours down into a box canyon about 8 miles south of L’Anse in Baraga County. The waterfall is accessed from a nice roadside park found on US-41. The canyon has been referred to as Michigan’s “Grand Canyon”. Although it is only a couple dozen feet deep, the striking sheer rock faces and intimate setting make this a very popular stop on the outskirts of the Huron Mountains. BUY NOW!
In 1761 De Zwaan was erected in Krommenie, Netherlands. Over 100 years later it was moved to Vinkel, also in the Netherlands. It made one final move in 1964, as it was brought across the ocean to Holland, Michigan. It now resides on Windmill Island, and is open for tours during the summer season. It is still used to make flour, and can be seen operating during favorable winds.
At the western end of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is Munising Falls, a 50 foot waterfall named after Munising, the bustling little town that serves as the gateway to Pictured Rocks. The waterfall is easily accessed by a paved footpath that winds along Munising Falls Creek.
The lighthouse at Point Betsie has been standing there since construction was completed in 1858. It is one of Michigan’s most popular lighthouses. It’s open to the public on select days during the summer months. A well stocked gift store is also located on the grounds.
The lift bridge that spans Portage Lake connects the cities of Houghton and Hancock in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. It was built in 1959 and is the world’s heaviest of its kind.
The Cadillac Memorial Fountain is located in the downtown park (Cadillac Commons) and is dedicated to the memory of Kris Eggle. The fountain flows from late spring through mid autumn.
The Holz Brücke (Wooden Bridge) spans the Cass River in Frankenmuth. It is 239 feet long and was completed in 1979. Besides allowing for vehicles to cross, there are foot passages on either side as well. It is a much loved attraction in downtown Frankenmuth.
The current Marquette Harbor Light was put into operation in 1866. There was also a fog horn building. Only the foundation is left. The Marquette Maritime Museum now maintains the lighthouse. Tours are offered during the normal summer tourist season.
The sun sets over Lake Superior at the mouth of the Hurricane River in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, displays power and fury during storms that rise quickly. Other times, as in this photo, it emotes tranquility and splendor.
The first Point Iroquois Lighthouse began operating here in 1856. It was replaced in 1870 with the current structure. It sits at the junction of Lake Superior and the Saint Mary’s River. The lighthouse is now part of the Hiawatha National Forest. A museum and gift store are open from Memorial Day to mid October.
At the northern tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, within the Leelanau State Park, is the popular Grand Traverse Lighthouse. It was constructed a safe distance from the Lake Michigan shoreline in 1858. The lighthouse and nearby gift store are open from May through November on select days.
In 1892, a lighthouse was constructed on Old Mackinac Point as a a replacement for the nearby McGulpin Point Lighthouse. It operated until the Mackinac Bridge was built. The lighthouse now contains a museum and the nearby fog signal building has a gift store.
What began in 1899 by Herbert Dow as an eight acre garden has expanded over the years and generations to its present 110 acres of meticulously manicured flowers, lawns, trees, paths, bridges, and streams. Access the gardens through the well stocked gift shop for a nominal fee.
Miners Castle is a natural sandstone formation located at the western end of Miners Beach in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore just outside of Munising. It’s a popular tourist destination with easy access, restrooms, a giftshop, and park rangers nearby.
There is something that draws us to old houses. Perhaps its nostalgia for a simpler time, or curiosity about those that came before us. Maybe we pretend for a moment that we are adventurers from a day gone by. Whatever your interest, enjoy the golden beauty of a swiftly changing season.
Autumn. The sights and smells are like no other season of the year. Bursts of color progress in rapid succession, like a fireworks’ grand finale! The musty odor of freshly fallen leaves and the swishing crackle as they give way underfoot will bring a wistful smile to even the most callous of souls.
Every May “morel fever” strikes. People that have stayed indoors for most of the winter now venture out into the hills, searching desperately for the ever elusive delicate fungi. Tasty recipes and “secret patches” are family heirlooms, handed down, as the treasures that they are, from one generation to the next.
The upper drop on the Tahquamenon River is lovely any time, but this image taken after a freshly fallen coat of snow in early spring with the Milky Way dominating the night sky is particularly engaging. It is easy to see why Tahquamenon Falls is one of Michigan’s best loved waterfalls!
Manabezho Falls is found on the Presque Isle River at the western side of the Porcupine Mountains State Park. This is one of several well loved waterfalls within walking distance on the river. A series of boardwalks and stairways hugs the western side of the river, making these great waterfalls accessible.
Jigsaw puzzles have been around since the 1700's. Until the advent of die cut cardboard puzzles in the 1930's, expensive hand cut wooden puzzles were relegated to the upper class. Now, millions of Americans enjoy working on puzzles.
MI Puzzles feature Phil Stagg's gorgeous photography from across this lovely state. Phil, a Michigan native, shares his passion for vibrant landscapes, rugged beauty and iconic landmarks in this jigsaw puzzle series. These puzzles are available in fine stores throughout the state. They are also available here. These puzzles are made right in the USA! Thanks for supporting American jobs. Enjoy your puzzle!