Five Northern Michigan Scenic Spots in Frankfort, Arcadia and Platte Bay

Looking for that Northern Michigan scenic spot in Benzie to pull out your camera? Make your way to downtown Frankfort, hike in the hike up the stairs to the Arcadia overlook, and paddle the Marquette. We’ve got some suggestions so that you don’t miss those awe-inspiring summertime shots.

Platte Bay

Cattails cluster along the Platte River’s shores, alive with butterflies and dragonflies, then give way to sugary sands and photogenic waters at the mouth of Platte Bay. From Frankfort, take M-22 north 12 miles to Lake Michigan Road, and turn left to the end, to reach this birders’ favorite.

Arcadia Overlook

The boardwalk offers ever-changing perspectives as you climb the 210 steps to the top of the Arcadia overlook. The newly built top deck offers a great place to toast—’er shoot—the view from one of Lake Michigan’s highest points, which looks down upon one of its deepest. Located two miles north of Arcadia on M-22.

Elberta Bluffs

You may capture some hang gliders in your photo at this favorite take-off point for soaring in the wind. Wildflowers and dune grass dot the sandy bluffs that tower 400 feet above Lake Michigan. From Elberta village, take Furnace St. to Bye St., turn left to reach the bluff.

Manistee Lighthouse Pier

Perhaps the most symbolic icon of the Victorian Port City, the North Pierhead Lighthouse is also a photographer favorite. Take a stroll along the catwalk, added in 1927, to the 39-foot-tall light built of cast iron. From Highway 31 in Manistee, take Memorial Drive west toward Lake Michigan and watch signs for 5th Avenue Beach.

Mouth of Pere Marquette River

The Pere Marquette River meanders over some 180 scenic miles and then spills into the Pere Marquette Lake. Capture gorgeous shots of the river mouth from the eastern bank, where Buttersville Park offers high bluff views of the Ludington North Breakwater lighthouse. Find it on S. Lakeshore Drive, just past Historic White Pine Village.

For more summer vacation ideas in Northern Michigan, grab the 2013 MyNorth Vacation Guide!

Your Guide to Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Benzie & More

From the same people who produce Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, this is a colorful, easy-to-use guide to Northern Michigan vacation ideas from Ludington to Traverse City, from Charlevoix to Mackinac Island and everything in between. It is filled with ideas, tips and hundreds of websites that connect you to fun, food, activities, lodging and recreation in every part of Northern Michigan.

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