Michigan provides some world class opportunities to view spectacular sunsets. However, because the state is geographically blessed to be a combination of two peninsulas, this means that we also get to experience some amazing sunrises over the water. Awhile back, I shared some locations to view Michigan sunsets, today we are going to counter that by providing some spots to watch the sunrise.
Beach on U.S. 2 West of St. Ignace
For a unique sunrise view, take US-2 out of St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula. In about 8 miles you will come to a long public road side beach area. From here, you can watch the sunrise as you “look down” on the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
Whitefish Point Boat Harbor
If you recall, we listed Whitefish Point as a top place to watch the sunset. But just a mile down from the lighthouse is a boat harbor that faces to the East over Whitefish Bay. The sunrises looking over Whitefish Bay and neighboring Canada to the distance are nothing short of phenomenal. You may even catch the whitefish fisherman loading their boats as they head out to the lake for the day.
M-23 North of Rogers City
Nestled into the Northeast corner of the state, Rogers City has several city parks and marinas that hug Lake Huron. However, if you want to get out of town a bit, head north on 23. About 4 miles north of town you will come to a road side park which provides an expansive beach area. This provides ample spots to throw a blanket down and watch the sun come up.
Sunrise-Sunset Road Trip
Want to have a fun Great Lakes day? Catch both the sunrise and sunset in the same day! There are many locations you can pull this off from. One recommendation would be to start in Tawas City off 23 on Michigan’s Sunrise Side. Try Tawas Point State Park which juts out into Tawas Bay. Once you catch it, head downtown and catch some breakfast at the Whitetail Cafe. Then, take M-55 out of Tawas to the West. Perhaps grab some lunch overlooking Houghton Lake in the middle of the state at The Limberlost. Then, keep west on M-55 all the way into Manistee. There, you will find a lovely downtown with many great dinner options overlooking the Manistee River. After dinner, walk down to the Manistee peer to view a world class Lake Michigan sunset.
Enjoy the great state of Michigan and take advantage of our peninsulas!