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Scenery - Scenic Views in Great Lakes, Traverse City, Mackinac, Northern MI

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Northern Michigan offers an abundance of scenic overlooks and breathtaking vistas. Many of the rocky outcrops and cliff-like promontories along Great Lakes offer beautiful glimpses of blue-green water and dense woodlands. Here are a few of the very best views for you to see:

Northern Lower Peninsula

Sleeping Bear Dunes are approximately 7,000 acres of sand pyramids and peeks. For those interested in climbing one of the dunes, stop off at the Dune Climb, a manageable dune of 130-feet. Once you make it to the top, you'll have earned a beautiful view of Glen Lake.

Upper Peninsula

For a spectacular view of the Mackinac Bridge, head to Wilderness State Park. The bridge is visible here from along the park's shore, which stretches 26 miles.

At Craig Lake State Park, 40 miles west of Marquette, you can visit a 375-acre lake dotted with rugged, rocky islands and bordered by granite bluffs.

Autumn is the best time to see the colorful display of changing leaves at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The park boasts 90 miles of overlooks and some of the Midwest's highest peaks. A hiker can see the Little Carp River cascade over four falls on its winding way to Lake Superior.

In the Upper Peninsula it is possible to stand on a misty viewing platform to catch a glimpse of one of northern Michigan's most breathtaking sights: Tahquamenon Falls, a 200-foot-wide sheet of water that shoots over a 50-foot drop.

At Munising Bay, look down at the western end of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore's 40-plus miles of beaches, dunes, rock formations, and varicolored cliffs stained by seeping minerals.

The Bond Falls, located on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River in the Black River National Forest Scenic Byway, is one of the Upper Peninsula's most picturesque attractions. Follow a gravel walking-path to a series of stairstep rapids that drop nearly 50 feet.