Whole books have been written about the Leelanau Peninsula, the area known as Michigan’s Little Finger, located on the Lower Peninsula northwest of Traverse City. For many, Leelanau is “Up North” at its best, with 100 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline overlooked by sandy bluffs and challenging dunes, picturesque back roads full of fruit farms, beaches
, and historic lighthouses as well as charming country towns, most of which still cater more to residents than tourists (the county didn’t even get its first traffic light until 1991, a result of encroaching sprawl from Traverse City). Summers can be a bit crowded, with tourists who are heading for the beaches or the casino clogging the main roads. Slip off to a back road, however, and you’re virtually assured of solitude and scenery that’s sure to take your breath away. Or consider a trip in the off-season, when the towns and the area’s signature cherry orchards are blanketed in a shroud of snow. Whenever you come, you’re sure to agree with the original Native American inhabitants, who named this peninsula Leelanau—“Land of Delight.” The detailed itinerary in this chapter is a driving tour that features extensive recommendations for sightseeing attractions, recreational activities, lodging, restaurants, shopping, and more.
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