The Siberian American: Lake Michigan Circle Tour: One of the Most Photographed Lighthouses in the United States?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lake Michigan Circle Tour: One of the Most Photographed Lighthouses in the United States?

On our way from Arcadia Inspiration Point to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, we saw a sign for the Point Betsie Light, and Chris decided to take a detour. In all the research I did before the trip, Point Betsie never came up as a suggestion, so we were surprised when we saw a sign for the lighthouse.


I was even more surprised to see the sign that called Point Betsie Lighthouse “one of the most photographed lighthouses in America,” mainly because of the location. I would have thought the lighthouses on the East Coast would be more photographed because they are easier to access (The Portland Head Light, which we saw on our fall foliage cruise, is thought to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world).


I could see why people would come to Northern Michigan to photograph the Point Betsie Lighthouse. It’s truly stunning. Right next to it is a small beach, which provides the best angles for photos.


Point Betsie Light began service in 1859, and a light saving station was built in 1875. It was the last manned lighthouse on Lake Michigan, becoming automated in 1983. The lighthouse is private property, but it is available for tours on certain days from May to October. You can even stay at the Keeper’s Quarters for a unique experience with a gorgeous view.


I could have spent hours watching the waves crash with the lighthouse in the background. Even on a trip where we saw so many amazing sights, the small detours are sometimes just as fun.


Catch up on our Lake Michigan Circle Tour Road Trip:

16 comments:

  1. what a fun detour! i am not good at allowing detours on trips lol, i am trying to be more relaxed about it. beautiful pictures as usual, i can see why it is photographed so much!

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  2. I think there is something so beautiful about lighthouses that are found in the North! I love that you're the type that pulls over when you see something interesting.

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  3. I LOVE that you accidentally discovered this lighthouse! It's seriously so beautiful. I love the red-rust colored roof with the white and the black- it really is super photogenic :) Good idea stopping to see it!

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  4. So cool! And the water is so blue! I've never seen Lake Michigan look blue! Guess Nick and I need to make a trip to this lighthouse!

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  5. Your photos definitely showcase the beauty of the lighthouse!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. I love how the lake is just as pretty as the ocean and it looks like you caught the most amazing weather to take pictures of the lighthouse. Not a cloud (or rain) in sight!

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  7. So cool that you can stay in the quarters!
    My sister looooves Lake Michigan...the water is so gorgeous!

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  8. Awe, so pretty! I enjoy touring lighthouses. So much history and scenery!

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  9. How cute! I love stumbling across little places like this when we travel--and I'm never too busy to pull over for a few pictures. :) We've done a lot of lighthouses on the East Coast, but never any on the West. I think it's time to change that!

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  10. Such a beautiful lighthouse! I am going to add it to my list. It looks like one of the prettiest I've seen! So glad you took a detour to see it. :)

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  11. What a beautiful lighthouse! I love visiting them.

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  12. That water! You'd seriously think you were in South Florida or the Caribbean - gorgeous!
    Green Fashionista

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  13. Awwww I love this post!!! This is close to my hometown of Traverse City :) xo

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  14. Wow the water at this lighthouse is so gorgeous!!

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