Get lost in America’s Great White North in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula
Distance from Chicago: 416 miles north, seven-hour drive
Why it made our list: Fall is your last chance to get outdoors sans snowsuit, and there’s no better place to take advantage of that fact than in the wild nature of Michigan’s UP. There’s miles of coastline, stunning fall color, and killer views everywhere you look. The best part? You probably won’t see another human being for miles.
Side trip: If you feel like getting really remote, Isle Royale National Park is just 48 miles north and is the least-visited national park in the lower 48 states. So yeah, pretty goddamn remote.
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Jay Gentile is a Thrillist contributor who has plenty of room in his 1997 Nissan for you on his next road trip. Follow him: @innerviewmag.