Instagram’s Top 21 Photos of 2021

Instagram’s Top 21 Photos of 2021 

Looking back on 2021, we had an amazing year! We’ve compiled a list of the top 21 photos of 2021 on our Instagram profile.


Photo Credit Emily Johnson

One of the many great activities Gaylord Michigan offers in the winter – snowshoeing! Gaylord has a number of snowshoeing and x-country trails for you to enjoy a serene experience in the northern woods. Visit the Gaylord Visitor’s Center for a free trail pocket guide or view our trail maps online.


Photo Credit John Marconnit

A beautiful fall sunset hovers over one of the many lakes in Gaylord.


Leaf peepers and wine connoisseurs can enjoy a leisurely ride and color tour through northern Michigan during the fall. There are multiple fall wine tours put on by Otsego Resort and Treetops Resort.


Turn your snow days into an all outdoors Gaylord winter experience! Each winter Treetops Resort offers dog sledding. If you haven’t been whisked away dog sledding before, we highly encourage trying this.


We love this overhead view of Downtown Gaylord! Many shops are filled with unique Gaylord and Michigan made products. Once you’ve strolled and shopped, you’ll be sure to work up an appetite. Our downtown also offers a delicious food scene, giving you plenty of options.


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Coming in with 105 likes! A beautiful rainbow over picturesque Heart Lake during the fall season.


Gaylord’s most beloved summer festival, the Alpenfest!


Pictured above is Gaylord’s City Elk Park, located just blocks from downtown! The herd is contained on 108 acres and the City staff feed the animals corn, hay and sugar beets, plus vitamins. The herd started with three elk when a local nature center closed in the 1980’s.


Don a dirndl and lederhosen and go all in during Gaylord’s Alpenfest


Enjoy a nice dip at Section 4 Lake, one of the intriguing sinkhole lakes in the Pigeon River Country State Forest!


Another view of the famed Alpenfest from above! It’s not just ferris wheels and carnival rides though, you can also visit many booths where you’ll find unique gifts and a plethora of dining options as well.


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Coming in on the top ten list is a scenic overhead view of Gaylord’s fall colors. This time of the year never disappoints!


We just can’t get enough of Alpenfest! It’s easy to see why this event has made the top 21 in 2021 multiple times


Photo Credit Courtney Willits

No matter the season, you can always enjoy fishing in Gaylord, Michigan! It’s no surprise this impressive pike made the top list.


This spring snowman was unexpected and visited us on May 7, 2021!


Rain or shine, you’ll see nothing but smiling faces at Alpenfest!


Coming in with a total of 148 likes, Gaylord’s famous ice tree takes the top 5 spot! Every winter you can watch the ice tree grow downtown until springtime.


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Get an up-close look at majestic animals at the Gaylord City Elk Park. If you want something more adventurous, take a 20 minute drive north to the Pigeon River State Forest where you might get a glimpse at the elk herd living in their natural habitat.


Every fall season is full of colors and bound to amaze any leaf peeper. With a 27 mile vista view, Otsego Resort offers a kaleidoscope of color for as far as the eye can see.


Photo Credit Maria Vela

Have you ever wondered what two feet of snow looks like? This ranked number 2 last year and we can see why. Located in Michigan’s “snowbelt” Gaylord has an average of 152″ of the white stuff every winter, making it a true winter wonderland.


The number 1 top photo of 2021 is the famous ice tree – located in the center of downtown Gaylord for all to enjoy! This Alpine Village tradition is loved by both locals and visitors, and it’s easy to see why it deserves our #1 spot.

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