Looking for a nice lengthy drive while you’re in the Midwest? Well, not all roads can lead to a beautiful horizon. Some may leave you a bit disappointed while others show to be more than what you could expect. So, to help you in your long drive towards a calming sunset, here are the 4 Most Scenic Routes in the Midwest.
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Straits of Mackinac
In the state of Michigan you’ll find a couple of straits unlike any other. The Straits of Mackinac is a 5 mile drive that connects the Upper and Lower peninsulas. And once you’re there and the sun is high up in the sky, you’ll see it as if it’s a painting of greens and blues. Green foliage and the blue sky along with the lake. Just looking at it from a distance is enough to leave most people in amazement.
And if you have time to stop over at St. Ignace and Mackinac City, you can enjoy a handful of activities such as a tour on the Revolutionary War Era Forts, some ziplining, or take a ferry to Mackinac Island where you can buy various souvenirs and food to delight yourself with.
The drive along the Leelanau County will take you around Lake Michigan, which is just Northeast of Traverse City. This road will also take you the vineyards and orchards ripple across the hills.
And if you’re looking for a stop along the way to appreciate the beauty, then one notable one is Omena Cut Flowers which is just 7 miles North of Suttons Bay. Here, the visitors can enjoy the view from Lake Michigan’s shores and explore the 23 gardens for their own bucket of flowers, all the while having a drink.
In the state of Indiana, you’ll find the nation’s highest concentration of covered bridges, with at least 31 of those, in the Wabash River Valley. You can also check maps from the Rockville Visitors Center that shows color coded routes that would take you to multiple historic spans.
And if you want a place to relax and maybe play a bit of horseback riding and some hiking, stopping by nearby Turkey Run State Parks is sure to get you what you need. But if you’re feeling a bit more artsy, the Covered Bridge Art Gallery in Rockville can show you the works of 30 local artists.
Finally, a drive that everyone should go through; the Adams County in Ohio is home to some redbud-splashed hills, and can take you to Shawnee State Park in Scioto County. And with how many visitors there are, it’s no wonder some of them have started to explore the Appalachia, where some roads have gotten names such as Plum Run and Hackleshin.
And if you’re looking to stop nearby and enjoy the great view, then go and visit the Amis businesses or Serpent Mound. But don’t let it distract you from the County’s true beauty, the amazing scenery, with at least 1,200 plant species growing on 14,000 acres, you’re sure to get a memorable experience.