5 Scenic Michigan Road Trips You Need to Take This Fall

Melina Hicks




The Tunnel of Trees (M-119) 

Travel though this gorgeous canopy dripping with red, green, and gold in the fall. This can make for a beautiful drive, but riding a bike down this route is highly recommended.  Experience the sounds of nature and feel the rush of breeze as you cruise down this lovely path. 



St. Ignace to Naubinway (U.S. 2) 

This route rounds around the narrow northern tip of Lake Michigan, curving along wild, vacant stretches of sandy beach and through the southern end of Sault Ste. Marie State Forest. You can extend your trip by heading to Manistique and Kitch-itiKipi, Michigan’s largest natural freshwater spring. A must stop spot is the Cut River Bridge, pictured, which is a great location to snap photos of the scenic valley below. 



Old Mission Peninsula (M-37) 

This thin peninsula cuts right up the middle of Grand Traverse Bay, giving you beautiful blue-water views to both the east and west. Wind your way north past hilly vineyards and orchards, stopping at the multiple peninsula’s wineries along the way. On the way visit the Grand Traverse Lighthouse surrounded by beautiful scenery. 



M-22 (Traverse City to Empire) 

Trace the coastal edges of the lush and lovely Leelanau Peninsula, where you’ll find many hidden gems and lots of small towns to explore. Feel free to visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 



Copper Country Trail National Byway 

The Copper Country Trail National Byway (part of the US Rout 41) heads straight up through Michigan’s wildly scenic and historic Copper Country. On your way stop at the 9-mile Brockway Mountain Drive where you can gaze on many-colored leaves as far as the eye can see. This one of the most gorgeous roadways in the state and is a place you MUST go.