Photography has always been an important part of what we do here at Travel the Mitten, as we feel that visual media helps better tell the story of Michigan’s lighthouse, waterfalls, roadside attractions, and historic sites. Last year was our first year of sharing our 100 favorite photos from the year and this post will continue that for 2021. It was another great year for us as we had the chance to visit many new places and return to some of our old favorites. As phone camera technology continues to get better, it has been easier to capture every moment we experience while traveling this great state. The Nikon D7000 still goes on longer trips with Jon but this year’s top photos ended up being closer to a 50/50 split between camera and phone shots. Our 100 Favorite Michigan Photos of 2021 are a great representation of what we want to share with our reader and we hope you enjoy this gallery!
You’ll notice that a lot of these photos focus on lighthouses, waterfalls, wildlife, historic sites, and events. A May vacation through the Upper Peninsula gave Jon a chance to play tour guide for some friends and provided some great photo opportunities in Copper Harbor, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and the Marquette area. A Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruise out of Mackinaw City in June took us to two lighthouse we hadn’t visited before and led to some great shots of White Shoal Lighthouse and more. Visits to parks, trails, and farms let us take the time to focus on plants and fungi, while urban exploration led to some great shots of the outside and inside of historic churches and other buildings. We already have plenty of Michigan travel planned for 2022, and we can’t wait to get more great shots to share with you! Thanks for following along with us these past seven years!