Cruising Along Lake Michigan in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Is the Michigan summer open road taking you to Mackinac Island or just into the Upper Peninsula and St. Ignace? If so, take some time to drive westbound U.S. Route 2, one of the major east-west drives in the U.P. Once you are about ten miles off I-75 and the Mackinac Bridge you will find yourself along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

You will be on a part of the official Lake Michigan Circle Tour. For miles and miles it will be just lake, beach, sand dunes and brush straight ahead. The brush along the road is narrow, along with the beach that snugs the northern shore of the Great Lake.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

There are plenty of places to park the car alongside the road to walk the beach. Despite being here in the middle of the summer, I had the scenery all to myself.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Well without further ado, some more pics of my time out on the open road in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan:

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

What lake side drives are your favorites? Any in Michigan?

10 responses to “Cruising Along Lake Michigan in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

  1. Check out the North Shore along Lake Superior, MN!

    • Thanks for the tip Jennifer! Have only seen Lake Superior from the eastern half of the U.P. Can imagine it’s just as beautiful. 🙂

  2. An American road trip is on my bucket list! Thanks for the tips

    • No problem! Glad you liked. Hope your American travels take you somehwere along the Great Lakes. All five are beautiful to drive alongside. 🙂

  3. You’re right, this is a beautiful drive!

  4. This post reminds me I have not hit a Lake Michigan dune all summer. What a fail. Definitely will not make that same mistake next year.

    • Hope not. Seen lots of pics of them from friends in my Facebook feed this summer. Don’t get to a lot of the dunes along there as much as I would like myself. Haven’t been to Sleeping Bear in ages. Need to change that.

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