Almost any drive inevitably leads to the Red Arrow Highway, which runs near the Lake Michigan shoreline. You'll see fewer blossoms here, but the awesome lake helps. Lake Shore and Lake View roads intermittently veer off the highway, curving closer to the water. Another nice driving break: Warren Dunes State Park near Sawyer. Hikes offer some springtime blooms, as well as rolling sand dunes and Lake Michigan vistas.
Most of the area's lodgings are near the highway, too.
Often, the many coastline inns feature blossoms out their front doors and Lake Michigan out the back. A beautiful example of this is the Sandpiper Inn, in Union Pier, filled with pillowy beds, neutral colors, fireplaces and lake-facing windows. "Whenever things get hectic," says co-owner Veronica Lynch, who left Chicago for the inn and its surroundings, "all I have to do is look outside."
Places like this allow you to end your day of driving with a stroll along the lake or simply a seat overlooking it. Even without a blossom in sight, it's a striking view that confirms that you are, most definitely, in the right place.