Spotted with inland waterways and surrounded by four Great Lakes, Michigan boasts some of the country’s most scenic landscapes. Targeted by road-trippers everywhere, this state provides access to about 20 national and state byways and over a hundred natural beauty roads. So, whether you’re sporting a motorcycle, RV, or automobile, the Great Lakes State welcomes you to its most outstanding routes.
West Michigan Pike – US 31
For awe-inspiring views of Michigan’s shoreline, drive across US-31, created in 1915 to connect Lake Michigan towns along the southern border to Mackinaw City. Passing beach towns like St. Joseph, Holland, and Grand Haven, this route lets you tour the area’s wine country, tasting specialties from Tabor Hill Winery, Free Run Cellars, and Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery. For nature-lovers it also crosses two state parks, Silver Lake State Park and Hart to Montague Trail State Park.
US 27’s Historic Motor Tour
Following an Indian trail and connecting Cheboygan to Miami, Florida, this massive north-to-south route passes through dense forests, rolling hills, and charming farmland, where expansive corn and wheat fields greet autumn travelers. If you continue north to Clare, Michigan’s Amish country welcomes you with local produce stands selling homemade cheeses, furniture and delicious baked goods.
CR 513 – Black River National Forest Scenic Byway
Connecting the small town of Bessemer to the shore of Lake Superior, this route nestles in the upper west corner of the Upper Peninsula. Smaller than other roadways, this option is ensconced by a million acres of Ottawa National Forest. If fall foliage is priority, this area of the state has some of the most spectacular views, not to mention it supplies visitors with Copper Peak, North America’s highest ski flying hill. From this vantage point, three states (and Canada) can be seen on a clear day.
Great Lakes Circle Tour
If traversing the Great Lakes tops your bucket list, the Great Lakes Circle Tour is the only way to go. This road system connects all these bodies of water and the St. Lawrence River, letting you explore one or trek around the whole cluster. With four routes tracing each of the Great Lakes (except Lake Ontario), roads attract those wishing to stay close to shorelines and take in all the wonder of their natural beauty.
With the recent arrival of fall, Michigan’s iconic intrastate highways and byways beseech travelers with a backdrop of seasonal foliage and invite natives and tourists to appreciate everything the Great Lakes State has to offer.
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