10 Things to Do After Crossing the M22 Challenge Finish Line

Matt and Keegan Myers, founders of the Northern Michigan apparel and outdoor adventure store M22 and the multi-sport endurance event the M22 Challenge, grew up exploring the towns along Michigan’s favorite highway in search of the best beaches and trails.

Now the guys share 10 of their favorite spots to bike, catch a sunset, grab a bite to eat, and more with us. Be sure to check out these local hangouts when you’re in town for the M22 Challenge on Saturday, June 11.


Bike Pierce Stocking Loop. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is a stunning scenic route within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. “It’s so epic,” Matt says.

Leland Wine and Food Festival. After the M22 Challenge, head to Fishtown in Leland for the annual summer festival to enjoy local wines and delicious specialties from area restaurants. While you’re there, stop by Carlson’s Fishery. “We have a tradition to go there after the race and get a smoked fish,” Matt says.

Paddle the Crystal River. The Crystal River winds through the woods in Glen Arbor and is an easy paddle for all ages. Shoot the tube if water levels allow it.

Have a beer at Art’s Tavern. Located in downtown Glen Arbor, Art’s is the local watering hole with an incredible menu. If you’re staying in town for the week, Matt and Keegan recommend the “must-have” chicken jalapeño soup served on Wednesdays. Be sure to bring cash.

Go swimming at Glen Haven Beach. The sandy shores and a beautiful view of the Manitou Islands make the Glen Haven Beach an area favorite.

Grab a bite at North Peak. The brewing company in downtown Traverse City has an outdoor deck, live music, and award-winning brews. “We tell all our friends visiting TC to go there,” Matt says.

Mountain bike in Arcadia. Mountain bikers visiting Northern Michigan have to go to Arcadia Dunes: C.S. Mott Nature Preserve in Frankfort to ride St. Pierre trailhead. “It’s a world-class single track for mountain biking,” Matt says.

Hang out at Empire Beach. If you’re looking for a little more action, the Empire Beach always draws a crowd. While you’re there, hike the Empire Bluff Trail for an absolutely incredible view of Lake Michigan.

Trek the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Cerulean blue water, the historic D.H. Day farm and sweeping views of the countryside. The scene from the top of the Dune Climb is breathtaking every time you see it.

Catch a sunset at Pyramid Point. A half-mile hike leads to a sandy bluff and stunning vista overlooking Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. Depending on the weather, the lookout can get busy, but if you want to be alone, Matt and Keegan suggest hiking a little ways north.


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