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Michigan, The Lighthouse State

There are more lighthouses in Michigan than in any other state in the U.S., so if you want to see lighthouses, this is the state to go.

Lighthouses have this eerie yet romantic feel to them. I understand why some people get fixated on visiting these characteristic beaconed towers taking pictures of them as they go. There’s something mysterious about lighthouses, something old, something forgotten. There’s a feeling of solitude around them.

And what makes them even more picturesque is the fact that they are usually located in amazing places as they have marked dangerous coastlines and reefs. There are not as many operational lighthouses left as there used to be as more modern systems have replaced many of them. But many do still operate.

I’ve already spotted five lighthouses here in the Upper Peninsula Michigan which means I still got plenty more to see. About a dozen lighthouses here are open for public tours.

You can also volunteer to be a lighthouse keeper! I haven’t ever even realised that you can do that. I’m intrigued, that would be totally new kind of experience! Who knows, I might be writing to you from a lighthouse one day, with eyes gazing at the horizon and a pipe on my lips (Don’t ask me why I’d have a pipe, it’s just part of my mental image of me being a lighthouse keeper).

Some of the lighthouses also offer B&B stays which I’m sure I’m going to try before leaving the Upper Peninsula in the spring though the prices do seem a bit high keeping my budget in mind.


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Travelling, films and good stories in all forms. These are my great passions in life.

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