Michigan Roadside Attractions: 45th Parallel Markers

Michigan Roadside Attractions: 45th Parallel Markers

Michigan Roadside Attractions is a periodic feature on Travel the Mitten that will explore the many interesting things that can be found on the highways, byways and back roads of Michigan, ranging from the interesting to unusual.

The 45th parallel, marking the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole, cuts through Michigan in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula. Many of the major interstates and highways that head north and south (I-75, US-131, etc.) feature roadside signs noting the location, making for great photo opportunities. Each sign is a little bit different, and today we’ll take a look at three of these signs – keep an eye out for them on your travels in the northern Lower Peninsula!

45th Parallel Alpena US31

US-23 in Alpena

Mackinac Traverse City Last Part UP Trip with Boys 1809

Old Mission Lighthouse

45th Parallel Marker US-131 Michigan

US-131 north of Mancelona