Q:

The Best Midwestern Bike Rides: Tunnel of Trees Road

What are the best stretches of road for taking a spring bike ride in the Midwest?

Apr 24, 2012
Outside
Outside Magazine
Little Traverse Bay

Little Traverse Bay via Shutterstock    Photo:Rachel L. Sellers

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Tunnel of Trees Road, Michigan
The 22-mile stretch of State Route 119 that traces the bluffs above Little Traverse Bay in Northern Michigan is known by locals by the more elegant monkier Tunnel of Trees Road. This narrow two-lane road that runs north of Petoskey is shaded by an overhanging canopy of hardwoods that break occasionally to offer open vistas of Lake Michigan. The windy, hilly route winds through several switchbacks and curves with names like Devil’s Elbow, and Horseshoe Bend. Start your day at the Roast & Toast coffeehouse and café on E. Lake Street. The glazed cinnamon rolls, baked in-house, will power you through the morning’s miles.

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