13 Reasons to Bicycle Tour in Michigan this Summer

Beach Bike Photo courtesy of Josh DeBruyn



Bicycle travel offers a unique way to see Michigan. No matter if you’re north, south, east or west, there’s endless opportunities to revel in the natural splendor of the Great Lakes state. Besides being a great way to see the beauty of Pure Michigan, taking a bicycle tour is also a fun and easy way to stay in shape!

To celebrate Michigan in offering some of the most unique biking trails in the nation, Josh DeBruyn from the Michigan Department of Transportation shares 13 reasons to strap on your helmet and ride.

1) Michigan Routes - Michigan has the most signed U.S. Bicycle Routes of any state. Easy navigation and ready-made maps make your trip a slam dunk.

2) Food - Eat local and eat it a lot. Raspberries, ice cream, blueberries, craft beer, ice cream, coffee, wine, and oh yeah, ice cream; Michigan’s towns have it all.

3) It’s easy to cool your jets – with 3,126 miles of Great Lakes coastline and over 11,000 inland lakes you are never far from fresh water. Take a break from the bicycle saddle and cool off!

4) Michigan has connections - major hubs with airports and multi-modal connections, including Amtrak's Blue Water Line roll-on bicycle service.



Bike photo-op Photo courtesy of Josh DeBruyn


5) Michigan is Bicycle Friendly - Ranked 14th by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) in 2014 and home to 41 different LAB recognized bicycle friendly businesses, universities and cities.

6) From Sunrise to Sunset - Morning people can enjoy the relaxing calm of the sunrise over Lake Huron; while night owls can experience splendid sunsets over Lake Michigan. Not many other states can offer such opportunities!

7) Michigan has the infrastructure you’re looking for - With more improved rail-trails than any other state, thousands of miles of wide paved shoulders and growing networks of urban bike lanes, Michigan has it all.

8) Touring in Michigan is Simple - hundreds of great bicycle tours are already planned and only a few clicks away

9) Look Mom, No Cars! - take car free to the extreme with a stop on Mackinac Island and spend a few days bicycling in a car free paradise.


Boarding Train Photo courtesy of Josh DeBruyn


10) More time for bicycling in Michigan - Located on the extreme western edge of the Eastern Time zone, at the peak of summer, it can be light until 10 p.m. (even later in the Upper Peninsula).

11) Seasonal variety - If you can’t make it in the summer, come later in the year for leaf-peeping and apple picking. Or we’ll see you next spring, when the flowering trees are in bloom.

12) The new B & B – with nearly 200 local breweries and thousands of miles of great bicycle infrastructure; Michigan is the ideal destination for B & B (Breweries and Bicycling).

13) Enjoy the falling water – No we’re not talking about bicycling in the rain but bicycling to the nearly 200 named waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula. Most are quite small, but there are still a good number of impressive accessible by bicycle.