Michigan is a pretty wondrous place. It shares borders not only with 3 other US states, but also with Canada, meaning that there is somewhat of an international community in the state. Michigan also has a shore line with 4 of the 5 Great Lakes, and is one of the only states in the U.S that’s made up of 2 disconnected landmasses. Michigan is also home to some of the best scenic drives anywhere is the country
Here are 4 of the best scenic drives you can take this spring and summer. There’s something for everyone to see in Michigan.
Red Arrow Highway
Head north from New Buffalo on Red Arrow highway along lovely Lake Michigan and you can explore all of the quaint coastal villages the shore has to offer. Union Pier, Lakeside and Harbert are all on your way to your final destination in St. Joseph. This popular summer cruise contains multiple beaches and orchards. For the adults this is also part of the Lake Michigan Wine Trail, so visit any one of the dozen wineries along the way.
M-22 (Arcadia to Frankfort)
This is a beach lovers dream. There are many scenic beaches along the route, most notably Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. After swimming in Arcadia, head north for scenic hills and vistas and once you reach your destination in Frankfort be sure to stop in at the Stormcloud Brewing Company and see Frankfort Pier.
M-23 (Tawas to Alpena)
This beautiful drive is along the Lake Huron Coast and has a beauty all its own. From Tawas City, the M-23 skirts Lake Huron through the coastal villages of Oscoda and Harrisville to Alpena. The waterfront park in Alpena is a great place for a picnic out by the marina right on Thunder Bay.
River Road Scenic Byway
The River Road Scenic Byway leads visitors west following the Ausable river. The dive lives up to its title with several high up viewpoints of the entire river. This is a nature lovers dream, as multiple hiking trails and elaborate staircases offer access to the water’s edge.
There’s so much to see in either one of Michigan’s peninsulas. This summer why not pack up the whole family and really explore what it has to offer.