Take in the beauty of the gorgeous Great Lakes State
From the Chicago and Territorial roads, home of a historic and scenic railroad, to the Lower Peninsula's Chain of Lakes area, Backroads & Byways of Michigan is the shortest route a visitor can take to knowing the state like a local. Now in a beautiful new color design, this third edition offers updated itineraries to scenic and intriguing places, like Michigan's Wine Countrywhere you can sample local wines, chocolate truffles, and orchard fruitsand Western Michigan, once a mining area, now a winter-recreation wonderland and home of many spectacular waterfalls.
The Backroads & Byways series provides you with all the crucial information you need to make every moment of your journey count. This guide features maps, photographs, and detailed listings for points of interest on every drive.
About the Author
Matt Forster is a writer and editor whose first introduction to Colorado was through his wife Kim, a native of the state. Over the years, they have traveled Colorado end to end, and continue to visit frequently. Forster and his family live in Michigan.
Table of Contents
1 An Adventure Through Car Country: Detroit, Dearborn, Redford, Northville, Farmington, Milford, Holly, Oxford & Metamora, Stony Creek, and Rochester 19
2 Blue Water and a Green Thumb: Port Huron, Lexington, Port Austin, and Caseville 45
3 Exploring Mid-Michigan: Frankenmuth, Bay City, Saginaw, Midland, Mount Pleasant, and Owosso 61
4 Forgotten Highways: The River Raisin and the Chicago and Territorial Roads: Monroe & Dundee, Tecumseh, the Irish Hills, Allen Coldwater, Marshall, Chelsea, Dexter, and Ann Arbor 85
5 The Grape Coast: Michigan's Wine Country: Three Rivers, Kalamazoo, Paw Paw, Coloma, Habor Country, St. Joseph, South Haven, and Saugatuck 109
6 History off the Beaten Path: Eaton Rapids, Charlotte, Battle Creek, Hickory Corners, Allegan, Fennville, Holland, and Hastings 133
7 Through the Heart of Michigan: Following the Grand River: East Lansing, Lansing (Old Town), Grand Ledge, Lowell, Grand Rapids, and Grand Haven 153
8 Hiking, Biking, and Some Unexpected Festivals: Greenville, Cannonsburg, Rockford, Cedar Springs, Big Rapids, Cadillac, Baldwin, White Cloud, and Fremont 171
9 The Cherry Coast: Silver Lake, Ludington, Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Leelanau Peninsula, and Old Mission Point 191
10 The Great Northwest: Elk Rapids, the Chain of Lakes, Charlevoix, Beaver Island, Petoskey, and Bay View 217
11 The Sunrise Coast: Old Lumber Towns and Lazy Rivers: Tawas City, Au Sable & Oscoda, Harrisville, Alpena, Presque Isle, Rogers City, Cheboygan, and Pigeon River Country 243
12 Where Greet Lakes Meet: The Straits of Mackinac and the St. Mary's River: Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, Hessel & Cedarville, the Islands of the St. Mary's, and Sault Ste. Marie 263
13 Superior's Scenic Shoreline: Point Iroquois Lighthouse, Whitefish Point, Newberry, Grand Marais, Munising & Au Train, and Marquette 287
14 Waterfalls & Big Snow, Iron & Copper: The Porkies to the Keweenaw Peninsula: Ironwood & Bessemer, the Porcupine Mountains, Houghton-Hancock, Lac La Belle, Copper Harbor, Eagle River, Calumet & Laurium, L'Anse, and Michigamme 315
15 Lake Michigan's Other Coast: Curtis & the Manistique Lakes, Blaney Park, Manistique, and Escanaba 345