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Drive 121 miles • 2 hours, 31 minutes

Sudsy beer and beautiful golf abound in the central part of the Wolverine State. Explore the Bavarian past and golfing present as you traverse the very heart of the Wolverine State mitt.




1. Frankenmuth

Starting Point • Food, History, Quirky, Shopping

German immigrants brought with them the craft of brewing beer when they founded Frankenmuth in 1845. Known as central Michigan’s “Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth is steeped in German tradition, evident in its architecture, festivals and, of course, its food. Try the world-famous Bavarian-style chicken on the menu at many local restaurants. The Lager Mill Brewing Museum features more than 450 craft beers at its store, and the massive Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is open year-round and filled with all things Christmas.



Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort – Frankenmuth, MI – (989) 652-6668


2. Mt. Pleasant

68.1 miles, 1 hour, 31 minutes • Entertainment, Nature, Outdoor Recreation, Sports

Golf has been at the center of Mount Pleasant’s tourism industry since the 1920s. With nearly a dozen golf courses in its midst, Mount Pleasant offers a number of golf courses with a resort atmosphere, including one where the Chippewa River meanders through a layout that also features natural wetlands. An 18-hole golf course, spa and beachfront RV park are among the amenities at Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel, which offers 24-hour shuttle service to nearby Soaring Eagle Casino.


3. Houghton Lake

52.9 miles, 1 hour • Nature, Outdoor Recreation, Sports

Whether it’s a day at the beach, a day in the boat or a day of fishing for trout, Houghton Lake has something for everyone to enjoy. Surrounded by wildlife and wilderness, the Houghton Lake area is one of the gems of Michigan’s Roscommon County. Glistening public beaches beckon swimmers and offer several amenities, including sheltered picnic areas, barbecue pits, showers and more. Dirt bikes and four-wheelers are welcome on some of the best ORV trails around.