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MIDWEST QUEST

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Spend three days southbound on Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula and you’ll forget all about GPS. Tiny fishing towns, powder-soft beaches, historic lighthouse­s—the excuses to pause are as plentiful as the panoramas.

DAY 1: TRAVERSE CITY & LELAND

Four hours from Detroit, Traverse City is the northern terminus of the storied M-22 highway. First go to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a 19th-century hospital turned market. Pick up Leelanau lavender at Moonstruck Gardens, and sit down for red velvet pancakes at Red Spire Brunch House. In the afternoon, check out the collection­s of Inuit art and sculpture at the Dennos Museum Center. Stay overnight at the Riverside Inn in Leland (from $175 a night).

DAY 2: LELAND & GLEN ARBOR

Wake and stroll to Fishtown Preservati­on, where weathered shanties commemorat­e Michigan’s maritime history. Make the short drive to Glen Arbor, home of the cultfavori­te shop M-22 and Sleeping Bear Dunes, where the sand dunes soar 450 feet and the water is crystal clear.

DAY 3: FRANKFORT & ARCADIA

Cruise farther down M-22 to reach Point Betsie Lighthouse, a backdrop for your 2021 holiday card. Five miles south is Frankfort; walk the pier and sip Belgian-inspired beers at Stormcloud Brewing Company. As you cover your last stretch of highway, stop at Inspiratio­n Point in Arcadia for one final view of Lake Michigan.

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