Point Betsie Lighthouse-Most Beautiful Lighthouse in Michigan

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Point Betsie Lighthouse | Writing and Photography by Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com

To me, Point Betsie Lighthouse is one of the most beautiful lighthouses in Michigan. Possibly THE most beautiful.  The splashes of red, white and black with the contrasting sea blue waves is a symphony for the eyes and ears.

I like to get to the lighthouse early, before the crowds arrive, so I can sit facing the waves to just revel in the moment.  It's my time to be completely present in the moment while allowing my senses awaken. 

The sound of the crashing waves, the heat of the sun on your body and the beauty of your surroundings is just poetry. 

Where is Point Betsie Lighthouse?

Take a moment to zoom in and out of this map to familiarize yourself with the location!  We love that it is located near M-22, voted one of the most scenic drives in America!!

Nearby Frankfort is a Must-See

Downtown Frankfort is home to flower lined streets, quaint shops and bobbing moored boats.  Wander the paved walkways near the marina and relax for a moment on a bench under a shade tree while enjoying the warm breezes and stunning views.  Check out the famous mineral springs and soak up some sun on the sandy beaches!

Point Betsie Lighthouse

Location: 3701 Pointe Betsie Road, Frankfort, MI

Tips: During the summer, this lighthouse is very crowded and vehicles will be parked along the road for a half mile.  We highly recommend getting here first thing in the morning (I mean, EARLY) if you want to avoid crowds, take photos or park close to the lighthouse. 

However, if you have a motor home, you will want to park alongside the road away from the lighthouse as turning around with traffic would be very difficult.

Can We Climb Point Betsie Lighthouse Tower?

Heck Ya!!

While exploring Point Betsie Lighthouse you will get to see the original 1858 lighthouse keeper’s residence. (super cool!) Then climb the 34 stairs in the tower for unparalleled views of Lake Michigan's shoreline.

While you are there, tour the the Boathouse Museum to learn about one of the most incredible rescues on Lake Michigan.

Check out the Fog Signal Building, where the distinctive wail and sound pattern of the fog horn tells sailors where they were, not just how close to shore.

Point Betsie Tickets are necessary for the tours but they are very affordable. 

* Height restriction: all ticket holders MUST be 3 1/2 feet tall to climb the tower. Babies cannot be carried and backpacks are not allowed in the lighthouse tower. 

Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

If you love Michigan lighthouses, be sure to tour the OLDEST LIGHTHOUSE in MICHIGAN....The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse 

Are You Planning a Trip to Point Betsie Lighthouse and Sleeping Bear Dunes?

Grab our Sleeping Bear Dunes Guide, the Ultimate Michigan Road Trip that includes Frankfort, Point Betsie Lighthouse, dune climbs, Sleeping Bear Dunes and lots of great stops along the way.

Perfect for solo, couple or family travel as there is something for everyone!

The guide also includes a fun interactive map so you can easily plan your trip in an organized manner.  

TIP: Even if you aren't headed to Sleeping Bear Dunes, check out the interactive map as it includes Point Betsie Lighthouse!!


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    Sherry Trautman is a seasoned business owner and a multifaceted content creator, deeply entrenched in the world of travel in Michigan. With her extensive background in writing, editing, photography, marketing, website design, web mastering, social media, and publishing, she is the driving force behind the acclaimed Michigan Travel site "Travel-mi.com." A lifelong Michigander, Sherry's journey began in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan led her to St. Joseph during her formative years, and further to Kalamazoo for her higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Fine Art from Western Michigan University. Her career initially blossomed in Battle Creek, where she contributed significantly to aviation, marketing, and the art industry.

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