ADVENTURE STARTS HERE: Come see for yourself why M-22 is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the entire country. M-22 was voted “America’s Favorite Scenic Autumn Drive” by both USA Today and 10Best readers. Stretching 116 miles from Traverse City to Manistee, our favorite highway will take you along the shores of Lake Michigan.
WHERE TO START: If you’re feeling adventurous, why not spend the day taking in all that M-22 has to offer; from start to finish. Heading east out of Traverse City, M-22 will bring you up and around the Leelanau Peninsula before heading south on your way to Manistee - a quiet coastal town full of charm and access to beautiful Lake Michigan.
OPTIONAL SIDE TREK: There are many worthwhile detours from M-22 itself that can provide some of the most unforgettable, secluded scenery in the region. If you have some extra time along your drive, bring a map along and see where some of these coastal roads may lead you. This is how we’ve found some of our best kiteboarding spots throughout the years, and you never know what you could discover at the end of the next dirt road.OUR FAVORITE STOPS: There is no shortage of places to stop and eat along this iconic route. Some of our favorites include The Cheese Shop in Fishtown, Leland, Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor, Stormcloud Brewing in Frankfort, and Iron Works Cafe in Manistee - a local nonprofit that supports regional farmers and provides access to healthy meals for nearby residents. If you’re looking to stretch your legs a bit after all of that time in the car, look no further than the famous Sleeping Bear Dunes. [powr-map id=1652eb5b_1507315834]