I took a trip north today in Michigan to check out the tunnel of trees I’ve heard so much about. I’ve heard it’s best to go in the fall, but I thought it would be just as nice to see it green in the summer, and then make a trip at another time in the fall.
First of all let me tell you about my drive up there, I took expressway 131 all the way until I reached Petoskey, Michigan. The view driving in of Little Traverse Bay is amazing! It made the drive worthwhile.
Once I got to Petoskey, however things got a little traffic-y. It is summer after all, and this is a summer town so it was to be expected. I followed 131 around until I reached M-119. Then made a left to follow it around the bay. The whole drive was really quite beautiful and there was plenty to see along the route. However, it wasn’t until I saw the sign saying “Narrow and curvy road ahead, next 20 miles,” that I knew I had really reached my destination. The speed limit read 45 mph, however, I found it very difficult to stay even close to reaching that with all the curves in the road. Which ultimately was fine by me because I came to enjoy my ride, not race through the tunnel of trees.
I had envisioned the tunnel of trees to look something like this.
On some parts of the road it did look similar (although it was paved nicely – and not a dirt road like the above photo). I was surprised to be able to see as much of the lake as I did through the trees, and there was an abundance of beautiful homes hidden in the trees as well. Overall I expected seclusion, and found much activity, but that didn’t make it any less beautiful, just a different kind of beauty from what I expected.
Here are some photos I took from along the actual tunnel of trees.