Michigan’s Scenic Lakeshore Is the Perfect LGBTQ+ Escape

In our post-pandemic world, some far-flung destinations are off the table for now. For my husband and myself, Australia and Chile and Thailand moved to the back burner, but there’s been a small side benefit. We re-discovered the joys of road trips, taking socially distanced drives to several rural areas in three states. One foray was to the wild, scenic reaches of western Michigan, an area that is likely not even on the radar of many queer travelers.
We started in Traverse City, on the northwestern corner of the lower peninsula.