8 Michigan Destinations to Take in the Sunset

End your evening with gorgeous summer scenery
Petoskey sunset photograph courtesy of Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau

Sunsets are an idyllic way to end any summer night. Michiganians do this warm-weather tradition right, celebrating the sun going down on shorelines, at parks, or while enjoying outdoor dining. The sunset is breathtaking no matter where you watch it, but these eight locations offer experiences that are tough to beat.

Sunset Park

Petoskey is home to several sunset hotspots. A standout is Sunset Park, which lives up to its name by providing stellar views of Lake Michigan as the sun goes down. Sunset Park, 101 E. Lake St., Petoskey; petoskeyarea.com

Sleeping Bear Dunes

These legendary dunes are the perfect perch to watch a Michigan sunset. The dunes are also a great spot to hike. Visitors can climb the dunes or head over to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail that runs from the northern end of the park to a point south of Empire. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Maple City; sleepingbeardunes.com

Caseville sunset photograph courtesy of Ben Diller

Caseville County Park

Caseville County Park is home to dozens of outdoor activities including camping and an extensive beach. Fishing is also permitted off the Caseville Pier. Take a break and relax while watching the legendary Caseville sunset. Caseville County Park, 6400 Main St., Caseville; huroncountyparks.com

Oval Beach

Voted one of National Geographic Traveler’s Top Freshwater Beaches in the USA and one of MTV’s Top Five Beaches in the USA, Oval Beach is celebrated nationally. Adding to the aesthetic, Oval Beach offers a gorgeous view of the Northern Michigan sunset. Oval Beach, Perryman Street, Saugatuck; saugatuck.com

Kensington sunset photograph courtesy of Factory Detroit

Kensington Park

As one of the most popular parks in Michigan, Kensington doesn’t disappoint. Kent Lake is located on the park grounds and stretches 1,200 acres. Start your day with a refreshing sunrise and end it with a relaxing sunset and enjoy everything Kensington has to offer in between. Kensington Park, 4570 Huron River Pkwy., Milford; metroparks.com

Laketown Beach

A more secluded spot in Holland, Laketown Beach is a fine selection if you want a romantic sunset experience. More than 300 stairs lead down to the beach where visitors can swim, picnic, and enjoy the scenery. Laketown Beach, Holland; holland.org 

North Beach Park photograph courtesy of Ottawa Country Parks

North Beach

Complete with sand volleyball courts, a dune deck, and a wheelchair accessible beach walk, North Beach is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset with your whole family. Whether you’re watching from the 745-foot shoreline or the top of a sand dune, you won’t want to miss the breathtaking view. North Beach, 18775 N. Shore Dr., Ferrysburg; visitgrandhaven.com

Heart Lake

If you’re itching for a weekend getaway, look no further. Heart Lake Cottages are surrounded by pine trees and sit comfortably on the Heart Lake shore. Watch the sunset from the comfort of a back porch or head down to the water for a night swim. Heart Lake Cottages, 9603 Old 27 South, Gaylord; heartlakecottages.com

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