Are you a stargazer looking for the best places to see the stars on the Leelanau Peninsula? Look no further! Here are some of the most magical locations where you can see the stars in all their glory.
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Known for its vast sand dunes and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is also an incredible spot for stargazing. On a clear night, you can see up to 7,500 stars!
- North Manitou Island: Located just off the coast of the Leelanau Peninsula, North Manitou Island is a designated dark sky preserve, meaning there is no light pollution and you can see stars in all their glory. It’s an adventure to get there, but the experience is unforgettable.
- Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive: This scenic drive within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers several scenic lookouts perfect for stargazing. Set up a blanket, watch the stars and take in the breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.
- Empire Bluff Trail: Located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Empire Bluff Trail is a great place to see the stars. It offers an elevated view of Lake Michigan and plenty of space to lay down and take in the night sky.
- Leelanau State Park: This state park is home to several excellent spots for stargazing, including the Northport Pier and Grand Traverse Lighthouse. Both offer stunning views of the stars over Lake Michigan.
So, pack up your blankets, head out to these incredible locations and experience the stars like never before!