ADVENTURE STARTS HERE: In a state with more lighthouses than any other in the country, you don’t have to travel far to experience some of these great beacons. Built during the golden age of Great Lakes passage - one of the most traveled waterways in the world; these lighthouses have kept travelers safe since the late 1800’s.
WHERE TO START: If you want to make a day trip out of it and
experience four of our favorites, begin your nearly 70 mile trip in the quiet town of Frankfort. Here, you’ll find the Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse, nestled at the end of the north pier. The remainder of our recommended tour will take you up past the northernmost point on M-22 in Northport, with stops at Point Betsie light, Manning Memorial Light in Empire, and Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport.
WHEN TO GO: Voted “best Scenic autumn drive” by both USA Today and 10Best readers, there is no better time to drive M-22 than in the fall. When the leaves begin to turn - usually around the second or third week in October - the drive between each lighthouse will be even more spectacular.OPTIONAL SIDE TREK: In between lighthouses, stop at some of our favorite restaurants along the way to grab a bite to eat. Our selections include Empire Village Inn, Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor, the Cheese Shop in Fishtown followed by ice cream at Harbor House, or the Garage Bar & Grill in Northport. Hoping to see a freighter pass by during your stop at one of the lighthouses? Visit marinetraffic.com to see a live update of their locations on the Great Lakes. [powr-map id=4d7dbe7f_1507315001]