M-22 Ends (or Begins) in Grand Traverse County

It's by far one of the most beautiful drives in America, and it's right here in northwest Michigan. M-22 is a 116-mile stretch of road that winds through the scenic countryside of Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau counties. Though very pretty in spring and summer, the fall season is when you really must take this drive along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Along the way you can visit wineries, art galleries, and experience small-town friendliness.

M-22 In Grand Traverse County

After winding through Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau Counties, your journey on M-22 ends as you enter Grand Traverse County and Traverse City, Michigan. Known as the "Cherry Capital of the World," Traverse City is one of America's Top 10 beach towns. Championship Golf Courses, world-class spas, pristine beaches and exquisite food make this the perfect ending to your M-22 journey. Read more about Traverse City here.

Throughout Grand Traverse County

Grand Traverse County has the best of both worlds: the city life and the countryside. Extending north of Traverse City is Old Mission Peninsula, which splits the Grand Traverse Bay in two. Several wineries are along the M-37 highway to the Old Mission Lighthouse Park at the tip. South of Traverse City is the small town of Interlochen, home to the Interlochen Center for the Arts and venue for top performers from all over the world. The Grand Traverse county has great hiking and biking trails, including the 47-acre Traverse City State Park. In Williamsburg, east of Traverse City, check out the GT Butterfly House and Bug Zoo for family fun!





M-22 Northwest Michigan Map

This map shows the entire 116-mile length of M-22, which takes travelers along Lake Michigan and through the beautiful countryside of these Northwest Michigan counties:


Manistee County
Benzie County
Leelanau County
Grand Traverse County


The scenic highway M-22 is designated as a Pure Michigan Byway, and is also part of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour.





It's well worth an afternoon drive in October to travel the M-22 route. The vibrant colors will amaze you...and the towns will welcome you.



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Last Updated: 12-13-2018 11:40 AM ID: 1888