This is a restored lighthouse on South Manitou Island, part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Best husband took this photo from the top of the dune climb near Glen Arbor, Michigan. From there, the lighthouse is at least ten miles out. The lighthouse lies between the Lake Michigan shoreline, which is not visible in the photo, and the bulk of South Manitou Island, as well as between South and North Manitou Islands. The island is only accessible by boat. Since we weren’t planning on doing any boating on that trip, this was the closest we could get to one of the most picturesque lighthouses in Michigan.
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a great place to visit, with 35 miles of brown-sugar sand Lake Michigan shoreline, hiking trails, a scenic drive, a maritime museum, and many great beaches, all bordered by beautiful countryside and quaint small towns. My family and I have spent many summers vacationing in this area, and never grow tired of it. From biking around Crystal Lake, to canoeing the Platte River, to climbing to the top of Empire Bluff, there is always something fun and active to do in one of the most beautiful parts of Michigan.
© Huffygirl 2011