4 Gorgeous Northern Michigan Cherry Blossom Tour Routes

Between the apricots and cherries (sweets and tarts, mind you), the spring blossom season is a spectacular time to take an afternoon drive or bike ride to witness the area’s vast orchards of flowering fruit trees.  We’ve mapped 4 Northern Michigan cherry blossom tour routes that highlight the spectacular Northern Michigan outdoors during bloom time—from Traverse City to Leelanau County to Antrim County, these travel ideas will have you familiar with one of Northern Michigan’s favorite food items.

Take A Video Tour Of Northern Michigan Orchards During Bloom:


1) Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City

Old Mission Peninsula is a premier agricultural area in Northern Michigan, and the heirloom orchards along M37—also known as Center Rd—and beyond are breathtaking against the backdrop against West and East Grand Traverse Bay.  Take a drive up M37 north from Traverse City and explore some of the less-well-traveled (but still paved) back roads on the following 30 mile route.  Along the way, visit the Old Mission Tavern for a bite, and Chateau Chantal and Chateau Grand Traverse for wine tasting.

Click Here For A Map Of The Old Mission Peninsula Bloom Tour Route

2) Leelanau County

Filled with vineyards, hop-yards and cherry orchards, Leelanau County is a pastoral wonderland.  The following route will lead you to some of the most scenic orchards near Lake Leelanau, and with a lunch break at Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern near Gills Pier Rd and a visit to Boathouse Winery in Lake Leelanau to cap off the adventure, your tummy and your camera’s memory card should be full after this 19-mile tour.  A return drive along the sinuous Lake Leelanau Dr is short on orchards, but not on scenery.

Click Here For A Map Of The Leelanau County Bloom Tour Route

3) Elk Rapids

Between US31 and Elk Lake sits acres—and I mean acres—of rolling cherry orchards.  Take the following 14-mile circuit, which starts and ends in Elk Rapids, to get the most bang for your buck this bloom season.  Cyclists: try to stay of US31 —it’s a busy, fast road.  At Angell Rd, double back on Monroe, turn right on Townline, and return to Elk Rapids on Elk Lake Rd.

Click Here For A Map Of The Elk Rapids Bloom Tour Route

4) Eastport, Central Lake and Torch Lake

The following 17-mile route takes tourers from Eastport to beautiful King Orchards, through Central Lake, and back along the northeastern edge of Torch Lake.

Click Here For A Map Of The Eastport, Central Lake and Torch Lake Bloom Tour Route


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Article Comments

  • Nancy Flanagan

    It would be helpful for MyNorth to present routes for cherry blossom viewing as graphic content, rather than using a 3rd-party app that needs to be installed. I never did get MapGalaxy to install properly (there are all kinds of unpleasant surprises in the installment agreement) and worse–it snuck the Ask.com toolbar onto my homepage. So now I have no map and malware (which is hiding under another name, and can’t be removed by the usual uninstall procedure).

  • Diane McWethy

    I agree…the maps need to be more accessable, without the need to install/friend/create accounts, etc. This means no maps for me, as well