Northern Michigan Vacation: Blossoming trees along the Traverse City Parkway are just beginning to bloom, while several Front Street trees are covered in white frilly blossoms. They'll soon be dropping petals like festive confetti celebrating the warm weather—So grab your camera, a picnic and some friends for a glorious Northern Michigan cherry and apple blossom tour.
Some Suggested Routes for Northern Michigan Cherry & Apple Blossom Tours:
Center Road on Old Mission Peninsula is in full bloom. From Traverse City, head north on winding 37 and check out the hills. You'd think they were covered in cotton.
Hop on US-31 to Eastport and turn onto M-88 towards Bellaire. You'll be guided right through the King Orchards for a royal view of this year's crop.
For full immersion into blossom land, roam the backroads of Leelanau County north of M-204 (the road that heads west out of Suttons Bay). Take a map—it's easy to get turned around up in this hilly place of twisty, curvey two-lanes, but you won't find a more spectacular blossom display than here in the northernmost tier of Leelanau County.
Apple orchards along Elm Road in Suttons Bay are fully open too. To see them head north on M-22 from Traverse City, turn West (left) onto Shady Lane. Elm Road is the next right and heads north to Center Rd. With blooms like pompons, you can't miss 'em!