The Weather Channel, in partnership with Cooper Tires, has confirmed what many in Northeast Michigan have known for a while - US-23 is a scenic drive during the fall of the year. The announcement was made on Monday as US-23 was named as the best drive for the Midwest.
For the third straight year, TWC asked consumers to vote for their favorite scenic route. It posted polls for each region and its more than one million Facebook fans voted for the best. The other favorite drives are:
Because of the heat and drought this year, foliage is peaking in some parts of the Central U.S. Trees began dropping leaves in those areas in early September.
"We remain ahead of schedule of what we normally see at this point (mid-September) in the season so that is probably going to translate into the fall colors showing up much earlier," Joe Boggs, assistant professor at The Ohio State University Extension Office, told The Weather Channel.
Of the US-23 drive, The Weather Channel writes:
"Michigan's Sunrise Side ... greets fall color in late September through mid-October. US-23 is known as the Sunrise Side Coastal Highway. For more than 200 miles, the road follows the Lake Huron coastline so you get a gorgeous view of the water on one side and fall foliage on the other."
TWC says to begin your trip in Alpena.
"There's a lot of Great Lakes history to experience in Alpena. The Alpena and Thunder Bay Island Lighthouses are nearby. You can also visit the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and take a glass-bottom boat tour of some of nearly 200 historic shipwrecks in and around the bay. Once you've gotten a little background on the region, head south on US-23."
From there it highlights stops in Iosco County and finishes in Au Gres.