In the works: Lake Michigan Circle Tour

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Have you ever wanted to drive more than 1,000 miles to circumvent a large body of water? My sister Betsy apparently has, and I’ve been recruited to join.

We’re planning to do the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, which traces the outline of my favorite Great Lake. Here’s what that looks like (ignore the points–I had to pin those in order to get Google’s route to follow the shoreline).

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The trip will start and end from our parents’ house in the north suburbs of Chicago, and from there we’re planning to do the trip in four days (with some time blocked off for working). That may or may not change based on my recent finding that this drive takes more than 21 hours–we’re working on it.

So far, we know we want to stop in Door County, Mackinaw Island and Traverse City. Dunes are a must, and Sleeping Bear looks pretty solid. I also this morning got a recommendation for a pie place between Petoskey and Mackinaw, and this wouldn’t be the first time I mapped a road-trip route around dessert.

For now, though, we’re just looking for stopover places that break up the distance accordingly. And please send any Michigan/Wisconsin tips my way!

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