More than 10,000 voters from across the state weighed in on 101 things they love about Northern Michigan. Their votes determined over 300 Red Hot Best winners and 700 honorable mentions. Here you’ll find the best 10-mile stretches of scenic roads in Northern Michigan!

Red Hot Best Winner: M119 Tunnel of Trees
Where to point your tires when you need to exhale. Trilliums, fall foliage, blue vistas, serene forests and watery views—four seasons of ahhhh. Here’s your Tunnel of Trees guide with must-visit restaurants and attractions along the way.

Second Place: M22 (through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore)
M22 is to Northern Michigan as Highway 1 is to California. You may know this road from the thousands of bumper stickers and t-shirts that grace its bold-font symbol, but it’s better to drive M22 to understand why this road is special to so many people. Here’s your M22 bucket list—best sunset spots, paddles and day trips.

Third Place: Peninsula Drive, Old Mission Peninsula
Cherry orchards, vineyards and Grand Traverse Bay—what more could you want in a view?! Be sure to go on an Old Mission wine tour while you’re exploring the peninsula.

More Red Hot Best winners:

  • M-22 Arcadia to Frankfort
  • M-22 Empire to Leland
  • M-22 Suttons Bay to Northport
  • M-185 Mackinac Island
  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
  • River Road Scenic Byway (follows M-65 and River Road
  • US-2 (through Ottawa National Forest)

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Get your copy of the June 2017 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine for the complete list of over 300 Red Hot Best winners! Subscribe and get the June issue plus 12 months of Traverse Magazine for year-round travel ideas and food recommendations!


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