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Bicycle Touring in Michigan

Updated on February 21, 2011

Michigan Bike Tours

Every year, beginner and experienced cyclists of all ages become part of Michigan tourism, as they fuel their passion for the great outdoor adventure. Bicycle touring is a huge deal in Michigan tourism. From holding lots of organized multiday bike tours  every year to having an abundance of bike trails available, Michigan touring by bicycle offers great opportunities to visitors and locals alike to explore the beauty of the state.

Favorite Michigan Bicycle Touring Events

The Michigander Bicycle Tour is an annual bicycle touring event, which helps boost Michigan tourism. The biking adventure tour is held every July and is open to cyclists of all ages and experience. At the tour, you will be able to enjoy exploring the western Michigan’s back roads and trails. Whether you are a beginner or advanced cyclist, you will be happy to know that there are actually several tour options available. Surely, there is nothing better than enjoying what Michigan tourism can offer on a bike, and making new friends along the way.

Another favorite bicycle touring event is the DALMAC, or the Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw Bicycle Tour. This Michigan tourism event is held September every year and the ride goes from the states capital to Up North Michigan. The event is open to all willing and able cyclists, regardless of age. Riders begin in East Lansing and the route takes them through scenic country roads as much as possible.

Biking Trails in Michigan

One of the many reasons biking is a big thing in Michigan is because of the efforts done by people behind Michigan tourism. Biking trails in Michigan are well maintained and safe to visitors.

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail is one of the popular trails used for Michigan tourism. It has 30 miles of scenic route from Midland to Clare, following the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad. Thanks to people behind Michigan tourism, the trail is a dream come true to not just bikers but walkers, skaters and joggers as well. The well-paved and very well-maintained road is convenient, traffic-free, and it is even handicap accessible.

Another popular trail fueling Michigan tourism is the Pine Trail or the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail. It is a linear trail measuring 92 miles, providing a scenic route going through some of Michigan’s beautiful countryside, winding through Morley, Stanwood, and ultimately Paris. The flat route consists of varying surfaces, majority of which are asphalt pavement, hard-packed gravel and natural ballast.

Another great bike trail is the Portage Lake Loop, a 30.6-mile hilly trail with small elevation gains. Although not as popular as the first two trails mentioned above, Portage Lake Loop is easily one of the best-kept secrets for bike enthusiasts and is a gem of Michigan tourism. It passes through the most scenic terrain, from a hilly terrain past lakes, evergreens and small streams.


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