Michigan December 18, 2016
10 Frozen Natural Wonders In Michigan That Are Nothing Short Of Surreal
We all know that Michigan is especially beautiful during and after a peaceful snow. No matter how many times you experience it, there’s something undeniably majestic about watching flurries fall from the sky as they coat everything in sight. Michigan is also home to plenty of natural wonders that transform into pure icy magic during the wintertime. Here are ten gorgeous frozen spots in the Great Lakes State that you simply have to see to believe.
1. Grand Island Ice Caves
These ice formations just off the coast of Munising will completely astound you this winter. Marvel at the blue and white hues of massive icicles and venture into the caves for an unforgettable experience.
2. Holland State Park
There’s something simply magical about experiencing Lake Michigan in all its frozen splendor, and Holland State Park is the perfect place to do so. Walk along the icy tundra and (carefully) admire the snowy pier.
3. Tahquamenon Falls
No matter when you visit, Tahquamenon Falls are one of Michigan’s most beloved natural wonders. But the falls are uniquely gorgeous during the winter months, when their waters freeze mid-flow.
4. Eben Ice Caves
These ice caves in the Hiawatha National Forest are formed by massive icicles, some of which reach lengths of 60 feet. Take the beautiful hike to the caves and don't forget your camera — this is an incredibly unique experience.
5. South Haven Pier
Make sure to bundle up and invest in some non-slip boots before you explore this lovely frozen wonderland on Lake Michigan. Icicles and snow piles give this walkway a truly otherworldly feel.
6. St. Clair River
Stop in Port Huron and watch as chunks of frozen ice float peacefully under the Blue Water Bridge. There’s something undeniably calming about admiring the icy freshwater as it freezes over.
7. St. Joseph Lighthouse
This landmark on the shores of Lake Michigan transforms during the snowy season, when it’s dressed from head to toe in icicles and piles of snow. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were exploring a sci-fi landscape.
8. Detroit River
Take a stroll along the Detroit Riverfront and look at the frigid waters that surround you. Make sure to bundle up as you venture out for this walk — it certainly does get cold in “the D!”
9. Straits of Mackinac
Before making your trip north for some stunning Upper Peninsula winter beauty, make sure to stop and admire the frozen Straits of Mackinac. With the Mackinac Bridge in the distance and a seemingly endless tundra before you, you’ll feel as though you’re living in a fairy tale.
10. Memorial Falls
If you’re a fan of winter hiking, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising is the place to be. While you’re in town, stop by Memorial Falls for a charming walk to this one-of-a-kind natural wonder.
Have you had a chance to explore any of Michigan’s frozen natural wonders? Share photos from your icy expeditions in the comment section below!