From Lexington to Saginaw Bay: Two Suggested Itineraries

There are two ways to get from Lexington to Saginaw Bay in what locals call "the thumb area of Michigan." One is the scenic route driving north on State Route 25 along the coast of Lake Huron and then southwest along the coast of the bay. The other is the quick route; head south to Port Huron and pick up I-69 west to Flint; then take I-75 north to Saginaw Bay. Both are approximately the same mileage; the scenic route will take quite a bit longer.

Scenic vistas of Lake Huron are visible all along Michigan Route 25. The town of Harbor Beach has a large marina, an historic lighthouse with views of the lake and the start of the recently completed Tip of the Thumb Heritage Water Trail, a 90-mile hiking trail that is popular with bird watchers and hiking enthusiasts. Further north is Pioneer Huron City, a museum on 10 acres with 11 historic buildings dating back to the late 1800s including a general store, one-room school house and the Victorian-style seven-gable house. The entire city burned in 1881 and was completely re-built by its citizens. The museum is open in July and August.

Huron City Museums
7995 Pioneer Dr.
Port Austin, MI 48467
(989)428-4123

Close by, along Saginaw Bay is Point Crescent State Park, with three miles of sandy beach and hiking trails. The park has trails and is popular for viewing the spring hawk migration. Loons, bluebirds and wild turkey are also plentiful. Canoeing enthusiasts ply the Pinnebog River. After a full day of sightseeing, drive back to Lexington and relax in your room at a Lexington Bed and Breakfast.

The Interstate route offers adventures of its own. Drive down to Port Huron and take I-69 west. The city of Flint has lots of activities and interesting places to visit. The Longway Planetarium was opened in 1958 and has state-of-the-art digital projecting equipment. The dome is 60 feet high and seats 285. Journey through the universe; then sit in on one of the special presentations. You can even enjoy a laser Pink Floyd concert.

Longway Planetarium
1310 E Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503
(810)237-3400

In the north end of Flint be sure to visit Crossroads Village. Open from May until September, the village is a recreation of life in the early 20th century. You can take a ride on the steam powered Huckleberry Railroad. Set on 100 acres, there are 34 historic buildings: homes, barns, trades buildings and even an opera house with live performances. You can also watch a blacksmith at his forge or go to the grist mill and see corn meal being ground.

Crossroads Village
6140 Bray Rd.
Flint, MI 48505
(810)736-1807

Further north on I-75 in Saginaw, you can take a self-guided tour in the historic west side or browse the many antique dealers, shops and restaurants and pubs. Another possibility is to take a walk on the Riverwalk. It's a short drive from Saginaw to Bay City where you can stroll along scenic Saginaw Bay. When the day draws to a close, it's a quick drive back to your Lexington Inn to curl up and relax after a rewarding day.