Experience the Dark Skies of Michigan
To really see the stars, seek Dark Skies.
Michigan is filled with beautiful, celestial skyscapes.
When night falls and Michigan’s breathtaking views fade into the darkness, the skyscape opens to one of the greatest star shows in the continental United States. Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula in particular, offers perfect stargazing conditions because the Great Lakes surround the state in near total darkness. The result is an unrivaled viewing experience.
Six state parks are home to protected Dark Sky Preserves. Additionally, Michigan is home to Headlands International Dark Sky Park and Dr. T.K. Lawless Park, which are the only internationally designated preserves in the state. Each location provides the very best opportunity for you to truly enjoy the Milky Way, aurora borealis and more.
Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes, which shroud the state in near-total darkness. This makes it the perfect destination for some of the best stargazing in the nation. To be well prepared for your night of stargazing, follow these ten tips.
The night sky has perhaps never been a bigger tourist attraction, and there are few better spots for its viewing than along long, rural stretches of Pure Michigan sandy beach where the rhythm of Great Lakes waves serves as a stargazing soundtrack.
Michigan is home to more than 300 waterfalls, 2,500 miles of trails and 11,000 inland lakes, but did you know it’s also one of the best places in the world to view the northern lights?