12 Midwest Backroad Scenic Drives
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Straits of Mackinac, Michigan
The drive: You won't find a more memorable 5-mile drive than the Mackinac Bridge (left), which connects the state's Upper and Lower peninsulas (240 miles north of Grand Rapids). On sunny days, the view from the "Mighty Mac" looks as though a child had painted the scene--green, green foliage; blue, blue lakes; whitewashed steeples.
Worth a stop: St. Ignace and Mackinaw City bookend the bridge, each with a tempting lineup of activities. Visitors can tour Revolutionary War Era forts, ride a zipline, poke around shops or take a ferry to Mackinac Island, where fudge shops, carriages and more spectacular lake views await.
For information: Contact Travel Michigan. (888) 784-7328; michigan.org