If your mom is like ours she probably has a whole sunroom filled with cheesy ceramic lighthouses, all symbols of her dream vacation: a gigantic lighthouse tour. Well, make you mom's dreams come true and become her favorite kid by taking her on this 500-mile lighthouse journey through western Michigan.
Start in southwest Michigan at the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse, known for its breathtaking wintertime photos. The St. Joseph lighthouses (there are actually 2 on the pier) have a history dating back to the early 1800s when the first lighthouse was in St. Joseph. In addition to walking the pier itself, head over to Silver Beach for some time in the sand and a beautiful view of the lighthouses.
From St. Joseph you’ll travel north along the scenic Blue Star Highway until you reach the town of South Haven and the aptly named South Haven Lighthouse. The lighthouse has changed many times over the years, but its last renovation in 1940 gave the lighthouse its current steel pier and distinctive red color. A beach, park, playground, and concession stand are all right at the base of the pier so it’s the perfect place for a family picnic.
Continue up north to the Muskegon South Pier Lighthouse and make a stop at the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum - USS Silversides where you can tour a WWII sub!
From Muskegon keep trekking north to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse and the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse.
After Manistee keep heading north for some of the most beautiful parts of your trip as you visit Point Betsie Lighthouse, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, and Mission Point Lighthouse.
Round out your journey through the northern portion of the Mitten with a stop at the Charlevoix South Pier Light.
Finally, end your trip at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse where you’ll see a great view of the bridge to the UP.
So after 500 miles you’ll have visited 10 lighthouses while driving some of the most beautiful roads in the entire country, and just think of all that bonding time you just had with your mom!