Here's an "optimal Pure Michigan road trip"

You may have seen a map floating around Facebook or other social sharing sites recently depicting an "optimal" U.S. road trip across every state in the country. It's certainly garnered lots of attention, and quite a few criticisms from folks disappointed to see their favorite state landmarks were not included.

This week, Michigan-native Randy Olson, the same gent who computed the national map, published a 2,098-mile, 43-site trip though Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. On his website, he says it should take about 40 hours of driving time, and also recommends it be done in the fall to take full advantage of the seasonal foliage. 

Here's his map, followed by a list of stops. 


1. Ypsilanti, MI
2. The Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI
3. Detroit, MI
4. Port Sanilac, MI
5. Flint, MI
6. Frankenmuth, MI
7. Bay City, MI
8. Mt. Pleasant, MI
9. East Tawas, MI
10. Alpena, MI
11. Gaylord, MI
12. Cheboygan, MI
13. Mackinaw City, MI
14. St. Ignace, MI
15. Mackinac Island, MI
16. Sault Ste. Marie, MI
17. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Grand Marais, MI
18. Marquette, MI
19. Mt. Bohemia, Grant, MI
20. Keweenaw Peninsula, Schoolcraft, MI
21. Escanaba, MI
22. Manistique, MI
23. Harbor Springs, MI
24. Petoskey, MI
25. Charlevoix, MI
26. Traverse City, MI
27. Leelanau Peninsula, Leelanau, MI
28. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI 49630
29. Cadillac, MI
30. Manistee National Golf & Resort, Manistee, MI 49660
31. Ludington, MI
32. Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon, MI
33. Muskegon, MI
34. Grand Rapids, MI
35. Holland, MI
36. South Haven, MI
37. Kalamazoo, MI
38. Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, MI
39. Coldwater, MI
40. Lansing, MI
41. Jackson, MI
42. Tecumseh, MI
43. Ann Arbor, MI

What do you think of this list? What's missing that shouldn't be?

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Alaina Nutile

Alaina Nutile is a Web Editor who oversees all digital content and social media initiatives for Detroit Metro Times and Cleveland Scene Magazine. Previously, she interned at Business Insider in New York City, and at La Hora in Quito, Ecuador. Alaina is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where she double majored in...
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