West Michigan is full of natural beauty — from Saugatuck’s sandy dunes to Holland’s endless rows of vibrant tulips, our slice of The Mitten State has it all.
We’ve rounded up some of the lakeshore’s most photogenic spots that are definitely worth regramming.
Holland State Park
2215 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland
This park is one of Michigan’s most-visited state parks. One look at the Big Red Lighthouse and one step into the sugar-white sand instantly hooks every visitor. Kick off your sandals, stroll along the shoreline or pier, and take in some incredible sunset views.
690 Perryman St., Saugatuck
Celebrated around the world for its beautiful shoreline and backdrop of rolling dunes, this is a great place to soak in the sun. It also has an impressive pedigree of awards: Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 Beaches in the World, National Geographic Traveler’s Top Freshwater Beaches in the USA, and MTV’s Top 5 Beaches in the USA.
Windmill Island Gardens
1 Lincoln Ave., Holland
Windmill Island Gardens is home to an original working Dutch windmill, De Zwaan, (the Swan) that was brought over from the Netherlands in 1964. The 125-foot-high windmill towers over 36 acres of gardens, dikes, canals and picnic areas.
Grand Haven lighthouses
The two lights on the south pier, both painted red, have been guiding ships and attracting visitors for over a century, making them one of the most photographed lighthouses in the Midwest. The pier is also a popular spot for catching sunsets and fishing.