See you at sunset! From Petoskey to Mackinac Island, here are the choicest seats for watching the greatest show on earth. Don’t miss these 5 Petoskey region sunsets this summer in Northern Michigan

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No. 1 | Sunset Park

101 E. Lake St., Petoskey

As its name implies, this bluff above Little Traverse Bay offers a front-row seat to the nightly color show. Located above Bayfront Park. To get there, take the stairway … to heaven.

No 2. | Petoskey State Park

2475 M-119, Petoskey

Spend a day on this state park’s beautiful beach and cap it off by climbing the steps to the top of the dune known as Old Baldy to witness the glorious orb melting into the water.

Petoskey State Park beach

Photo by Tess Crowley

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No. 3 | Sturgeon Bay, Wilderness State Park

903 Wilderness Park Dr., Carp Lake

Hike, paddle and splash your way across this state park’s 10,512 acres with miles of shoreline—but make sure you are set up at Sturgeon Bay Beach on Lake Michigan at sunset. Soft sand and few people make this spot on N. Lake Shore Dr. a stellar amphitheater.

Sturgeon Bay wildnerness park

Photo by Shea Haddad

No. 4 | Headlands International Dark Sky Park

15675 Headlands Rd., Mackinaw City

This 550-acre park with its two miles of undeveloped shoreline is devoted to looking at the cosmos. Catching the sunsets here is just the beginning—the park is open 24 hours a day, so stay for an entire night of stargazing.

No. 5 | Sunset Rock

Off Cudhay Circle, Mackinac Island

With its dreamy due-west view of Lake Huron and the Mackinac Bridge, this spot spells romance. To find it, head to The Inn at Stonecliffe (8593 Cudahy Cir.) and take the trail that heads southwest to the bluff. After a short walk, you’ll come to a set of stone steps that lead up to it.

Photo(s) by Rachel Haggerty