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Summer Sunsets

One of the undisputed perks of living on Michigan’s west coast is being treated to nightly sunsets that can leave you breathless. Watching the sun slowly melt into Lake Michigan is a not-to-be missed nightly ritual — especially during the summer months when that orange ball of fire is on display until well past 9 p.m. — followed by an aftershow of soft blue skies and pink-tinged clouds. While we can’t share all of our secret sunset-watching spots, here are a few of our favorites from around the Republic.

“I love watching the sun move throughout the summer. Early summer it still sets into the landscape then once it moves over Lake Michigan it looks like it falls into the lake. It gets almost over to South Manitou Island and then starts its move back the other way. Just a fun progression to watch throughout the summer!”
— Leah Hilton, Empire Cherry Factory
“Empire Beach wall is a favorite spot for locals and visitors to view the most gorgeous sunsets. If you feel that you missed the actual sunset don’t fret — sometimes the best show can be minutes later!”
— Donna Owsley, Glen Arbor Retail
“My favorite sunsets are driving up Old Mission Peninsula. A beautiful reminder to slow down in the midst of a hectic summer!”
— Kenny Merica, Traverse City Retail
“The beautiful beach at Saugatuck Dune State Park is one of my favorite summer spots! There is a short .75 mile trail through the woods to the beach, but I usually take one of the longer ones and enjoy the hike just as much as the destination! Jumping in the water is a nice reward at the end of a dune walk.”
— Brianna Greenman, Holland Retail
“My favorite sunset spot is Antrim Creek Natural Area. With over 156 acres of trails and over a mile of natural shoreline, this the ideal sunset and hiking spot!”
— Brandy Okerblom, Charlevoix Retail
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