Stretching 200 miles from Mackinaw City to Standish, the lighthouse-lined Heritage Route includes small towns, forests and 150 sites celebrating history, art and culture.
Kiteboarders skim the waves at Tawas Point State Park.
Rainbow Charter Service boats depart for six-hour journeys from Oscoda, where Tait’s Bill of Fare serves fresh perch and walleye.
Glass-bottom boats voyage to bay waters for peeks at shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
In Alpena, bright and inventive flavors infuse entrees at Fresh Palate, where you’ll find the excellent Art in the Loft gallery upstairs.
Just 2.5 miles south of Oscoda, the Huron House Bed and Breakfast has resort-style amenities and gorgeous views (from $179).
Continue up the coast toward Cheboygan or take a side trip on the 22-mile River Road Scenic Byway along the Au Sable River, a dream for paddlers.
The small community of Presque Isle is home to two lighthouses.
See the remnants of the 1905 steamer Joseph S. Fay behind 40 Mile Point Lighthouse in Rogers City, where Chicory Cafe serves smoked whitefish.
More information: us23heritageroute.org