May 8, 2018
The U.S. Bicycle Route System is more than a collection of roads; it’s also a collection of unique bike travel experiences. We’re highlighting one of the many experiences you’ll find on a U.S. Bicycle Route, thanks to Destination Irvine and Tripsite.com.
Tucked along the eastern edge of Lake Michigan, you’ll find coastal dune lands with tall trees, turkeys, and white tail deer. Surprised to hear there are sandy vistas in the middle of the country? You’ll find dunes and more along the lakeshore on U.S. Bicycle Route 35 (USBR 35) in Michigan.
Originally designated in 2012, U.S. Bicycle Route 35 connects the Indiana border all the way north to Sault Ste. Marie on the Canada border. One day, USBR 35 will connect all the way to Louisiana — but you don’t need to wait until it’s completed to run up and down the dunes or take in the sweeping views of Lake Michigan.
Just south of Ludington, USBR 35 climbs along Lakeshore Drive to make its way around the Consumers Energy Hydroelectric Storage pond, which affords great views of Lake Michigan. If your timing is right, rest on the shores of Lake Michigan in Ludington and watch the historic SS Badger car ferry as it makes its way between Michigan and Wisconsin. Catch your breath and some more great views at the Arcadia Dunes Scenic Turnout on Michigan's state highway, M-22, then climb the 210 stairs for spectacular views of Lake Michigan from Inspiration Point.
Since 2005, Adventure Cycling has been proud to shepherd the growth of the U.S. Bicycle Route System, which will connect thousands of experiences like the dunes along Lake Michigan. If you don’t live in Michigan or along one of the 12,000 miles of currently designated USBRs, don’t worry, more U.S. Bicycle Routes are being developed every day. Help us grow the network — and connect you to more unique bike travel experiences — by donating today.
Photos by Kerry Irons and Laurie Chipps
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