Door County is one of the best places in the Midwest for nature views and travel photography. With endless lake and bluff views to world-class parks, shorelines, islands, and waterfront communities, you’d be hard-pressed to find a place more photogenic than the Door.
But sometimes, the best shots are those taken from unexpected angles and interesting vantage points—those that make you see the subject in an entirely new light.
Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip, reminiscing about a past one, or just someone who appreciates fine photography, these unexpected shots of favorite local attractions can help you gain a new perspective and appreciation for Door County.
1. The iconic Sturgeon Bay Pierhead Light—bright red against the vivid turquoise lake—from way, way above
2. An orchard of cherry blossoms in bloom
3. Rock Island’s Thordarson Boathouse at sunset
4. The spiral staircase at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse from below
5. The winter ferry readying to transport brave travelers from the mainland to Washington Island
6. The complex system of wood and steel that supports Eagle Tower
7. The Fleetwing shipwreck submerged in the emerald green waters of the Green Bay
8. Massive ice slabs floating on Lake Michigan in the depths of winter
9. A view as beautiful as it is remote—from the top of Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Rock Island
10. An aerial view of the cliffs, outcroppings, and underwater rock shelves of Toft Point
11. Snowshoeing across Garrett Bay on a cold winter’s day
12. Where land meets lake: a rocky shoreline along the peninsula’s northern coast
13. A bird’s-eye view of two riders cruising across the tree-lined backroads of Northern Door
14. Wintery caves and shorelines in their cold-weather disguises
15. Looking up at the wildly clear skies and stars of Newport State Park
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