Quick! Which of the 50 states has the most lighthouses? Maine? North Carolina? California? Florida? 

Answer: None of the above. It’s the state of Michigan, hundreds of miles from the nearest seashore, but with more than 3,000 miles of coastline -- more than any other state except Alaska. During the 19th century Michigan’s “inland seas” were among the most heavily traveled waterways in the world, and more than 130 lighthouses were built to warn mariners away from their numerous beaches, shoals and headlands.

Today that busy time of sloops and schooners is only a distant memory. But the lighthouses of Michigan still stand watch, exerting a powerful attraction on those who treasure the romance and danger of the Age of Sail. Each year, growing numbers of lighthouse enthusiasts make their way to the Great Lakes State – and particularly to the region around Traverse City.