Whether it’s the Chicago and Territorial Roads, home of a historic and scenic railroad, or the Lower Peninsula’s Chain of Lakes area, Backroads & Byways of Michigan is the shortest route a visitor can take to explore like a local.
Whether it’s the Chicago and Territorial Roads, home of a historic and scenic railroad, or the Lower Peninsula’s Chain of Lakes area, Backroads & Byways of Michigan is the shortest route a visitor can take to explore like a local. Now with color maps and photographs, this second edition offers 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.
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 Adventure through Car Country 17
Detroit, Dearborn, Redford, Northville, Farmington, Milford, Holly, Oxford & Metamora, Stony Creek, and Rochester
2 Blue Water and & Green Thumb 37
Fort Huron, Lexington, Port Austin, Caseville, Bay City, and Frankenmuth
3 Forgotten Highways: The River Raisin and the Chicago and Territorial Roads 58
Monroe & Dundee, Tecumseh, the Irish Hills, Allen, Coldwater, Marshall, Chelsea, Dexter, and Ann Arbor
4 Through the Heart of Michigan: Following the Grand River 75
Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Grand Ledge, Lowell, Grand Rapids, Rockford, and Grand Haven
5 The Grape Coast: Michigan's Wine Country 93
Three Rivers, Kalamazoo, Paw Paw, Coloma, Harbor Country, St. Joseph, South Haven, Fennville, and Saugatuck
6 The Cherry Coast 115
Silver Lake, Ludington, Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Leelanau Peninsula, and Old Mission Point
7 The Great Northwest 135
Elk Rapids, the Chain of Lakes, Charlevoix, Beaver Island, Petoskey, and Bay View
8 The Sunrise Coast: Old Lumber Towns and Lazy Rivers 155
Tawas City, Au Sable & Oscoda, Harrisville, Alpena, Presque Isle. Rogers City, Cheboygan, and Pigeon River Country
9 Where Great Lakes Meet: The Straits of Mackinac and the St. Mary's River 171
Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, Hessel & Cedarville, the islands of the St. Mary's, and Sault Ste. Marie
10 Superior's Scenic Shoreline 191
Point Iroquois, Whitefish Point, Newberry, Grand Marais, Munising & Au Train, and Marquette
11 Waterfalls & Big Snow, Iron & Copper: The Porkies to the Keweenaw Peninsula 211
Ironwood & Bessemer, the Porcupine Mountains, Houghton-Hancock, Lac La Belle, Copper Harbor, Eagle River, Calumet & Laurium, L'Anse, and Michigamme
12 Lake Michigan's Other Coast 233
Curtis & the Manistique Lakes, Blaney Park, Manistique, and Escanaba
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I purchased “Backroads and Byways of Michigan” by author Matt Forster (second edition, 2014). The book has great chapters on many of Michigan’s towns (Lower Peninsula and the U.P.) including photos and things to see and do. There are also maps of the routes taken and some great historical information on each location. It is a great read. If you’re born and raised in MI like me, you’ll enjoy the history and if you’ve traveled the state at all, you’ll catch yourself saying, “Hey I’ve been there.” Or “I never knew that was there.” I also had the awesome pleasure of meeting the author. He is very down to earth and friendly.