- Michigan's byways which are described here include a National Scenic Byway nominee, two state designated byways and three National Forest designated byways. The two state designated byways, Monroe Street and Woodward Avenue are actually urban byways of significant cultural, historical and scenic significance.
Known for its exceptional beauty and the unique natural features which lends its name, the Black River National Forest Scenic Byway follows the Black River through the hardwood forests of upper Michigan to Lake Superior. Black River Harbor, one of only two Harbors within the National Forest System, is a popular recreation area throughout the year. The River Road Scenic Byway follows the Au Sable River through the rich history of the shaping of early America as well as its natural wonders and beauty. Following the shores of Lake Superior, Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway is a highway to the past with interesting historical features and gorgeous scenery. These and other scenic byways provide attractions in Michigan.
Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.
Climate - This state normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 to 80 degrees F. Nights can be cool in the northern reaches of the state with lows dipping near 50 degrees F. August and September are the wettest months on average. Fall temperatures begin to cool in mid September, which brings a spectacular fall foliage color change. Days are crisp and nights chilly during this time of year. Winters can be brutal in Michigan with lake-effect snows bringing 100 inches of snow to some areas in the upper peninsula. Spring reaches the southern regions of the state in late March and a few weeks later in the north. This time of year is also very wet with snow melt and spring rains.
Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.