Late spring & summer in West Michigan


Gilmore Car Museum
Gilmore Car Museum

 

The Gilmore Car (and motorcycle) Museum has a wonderful collection of vintage cars and motorcycles housed in old barns 14 miles NE of Kalamazoo on road M43 (see map). During your visit, stop for lunch at the diner and walk in the Shell Service Station. See photos. Visit their website for more info.

Lake Michigan lighthouse

 

Lake Michigan lighthouses have guided ships and their crews for many years. Michigan's western shore has many old, historic lighthouses like those between Frankfort (see map) in the north and Grand Haven in the south, along scenic road M22 and US31. See more.

Dancers in Dutch costumes

 

Holland, Michigan is home to the Tulip Time Festival each May.  On display in the city is a windmill from the Netherlands, tulip fields, a wooden shoe factory, and Dutch Village attraction. See more.

Lake Express Ferry from Muskegon, MI

 

Plan to visit the Harley Davidson factory in Milwaukee? You might like the 2.5 hour Lake Express ferry from Muskegon.

 

 

For more detailed maps you might want to buy a Michigan Atlas.

 


One day ride across north central Michigan

 

The mostly rural, 257 mile loop includes East Jordan, Gaylord, Alpena, and Kalkaska.  Rent a Harley in Gaylord at Zips, near the 108 acre Elk City Park where you might glimpse a herd of roughly 70 Elk. Watch out for some sharp curves on Hwy 32.  See map with directions.

 

 

You can head 48 miles north from Gaylord on Old 27 N (see map), which becomes the Straits Hwy leading to Cheboygan. The Upper Peninsula is just north and offers more riding for those with the time.

 

 

Also near Gaylord, this 90 mile route features C-48, aka "The Breezeway". Mid-October is great for fall color. Nearby Boyne Mountain Resort offers activities and lodging.

See larger map with directions.


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Head north of Harbor Springs thru the Tunnel of Trees on M-119. Here's a 125 mile route map, with plenty of time to stop and enjoy the scenery.

 

 "The Tunnel of Trees is especially breathtaking in spring when trillium carpet the forest floor that borders the road, or in autumn when the hardwoods along it are aflame in fall color. M-119 begins at the north end of Petoskey, but doesn’t become The Tunnel of Trees until north of Harbor Springs. From Harbor Springs M-119/Tunnel of Trees becomes a narrow road that runs 20 miles along a spectacular bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, with especially sharp twists at Devil’s Elbow (reputed to be haunted by an evil spirit and voices after dark) and at Horseshoe Curve or Bend. Along the way you’ll find the unique shops, great food & drink, spectacular scenery and fascinating history that all add up to make M-119′s Tunnel of Trees, a perfect Northern Michigan vacation."

Click on the link for more info.

 

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