Scenic Motorcycle Rides in Michigan

Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge invites you to head north to explore Leelanau County and scenic M-22 on a motorcycle.

Whether you’re here to enjoy the fall colors, sandy beaches, or spring blossoms, we’ll make sure you have a comfortable room to come back to—and a fun night of gaming ahead. With affordable rooms, an exciting gaming floor, and being centrally located in the county, Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge is the perfect destination from which to launch your memory-making M-22 motorcycle ride.

What’s the best motorcycle ride in Michigan? There are too many to list, but M-22 is one of the best, and below we provide two route suggestions to get you started …


The section of M-22 that winds through Leelanau County is renowned for its great views and easy access to beaches, small towns, and farms.

Whether the fall colors are peaking, the warm summer breeze is blowing, or the spring trillium is out, these rides will give you the best views of the county. If you’re in a rush, it’s best to stick to M-22, which winds itself around the peninsula.

The routes below take the long way around—guiding you past old barns, orchards, and small towns.


This route takes you all the way to the lighthouse on the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula and back. Quiet county roads and a few miles of hard-packed dirt roads provide views of rolling hills, Lake Michigan, and the beautiful county we call home.


This route heads south toward Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and ends at Point Betsie Lighthouse. You’ll need a NPS park pass, which can be purchased at the entrance, to drive on breathtaking Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. There are no dirt roads on the main route, but there are alternative options (red lines on the map) for those who want to get off the pavement.


You can either download the KML file for these routes and load them into your own GPS, print the map out on paper, or save this map into your own “My Maps” Google Cloud and use your smartphone with the Google Maps app.

The pins on each map indicate a point of interest—from scenic viewpoints, places to eat, wineries, and more. We encourage you to set aside a few hours for each route so you can take your time and enjoy every moment.

  • Orange pins = food
  • Red pins = wineries/breweries
  • Green pins = parks/beaches


A visit to Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge is more than a vacation, it’s an experience. The surrounding area has something for everyone and is the perfect place to seek some peace and quiet. Our casino gaming floor and slot machines will keep you entertained into the night for a weekend getaway you’ll never forget.

Get your riding gear ready and give us a call at 800-922-2946 or book your room online today.