With the fall colors in full swing, now is the perfect time to discover the best roads to travel to appreciate the beauty of Michigan. Hit the road, get inspired by the fall foliage, and savor all that the great outdoors has to offer! 


Tunnel of Trees

Possibly one of Michigan’s most iconic roadways is the Tunnel of Trees, located on the M-119. It is definitely a view to add to your bucket list! Although the M-119 begins at the northern end of Petoskey, the Tunnel of Trees doesn’t officially begin until just north of Harbor Springs. 


Enjoy the spectacular views along this 20-mile stretch of state highway overlooking the beautiful vistas of Lake Michigan. Keep an eye out for particular sharp twists in the road—aptly named Horseshoe Curve and Devil’s Elbow! If you need a break while you’re out exploring, there are a number of delightful shops, local restaurants, and historical hotspots along the way. 

Torch Lake

Just an hour north of Traverse City will lead you to this gorgeous 69-mile circular route around the Chain of Lakes. Check out this helpful guide from MyNorth for the best way to plan your route


With plenty of gorgeous water views, lush orchards, and quaint towns to explore, this is surely a route you’ll want to take your time on. You can even check a fall color map to find out where peak foliage is! Torch Lake has been dubbed the crowning jewel of this route, and with its crystal clear waters, it will definitely be the highlight of your trip.


Old Mission Peninsula

Take in the gorgeous views on Old Mission Peninsula jutting into Grand Traverse Bay, just 10 minutes northeast of Traverse City. This breathtaking area is dotted with vineyards, orchards, and rugged shores along its landscape. The beautiful gold and crimson colors are said to hold on a little longer here because of the moderate conditions of the Great Lakes. From historic sites to gourmet restaurants, there’s something here for everyone!


Embrace your adventurous side and explore everything the autumn landscape has to offer. Looking to make sure your car is ready for your next road trip? Visit Strobel Automotive’s website or call us today at (989) 781-4307 to experience Saginaw’s premier automotive repair service.

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