Michigan Road Trips

By Amy Piper

Michigan is a great state, founded in 1837 and known to many as the Great Lakes State, as it touches four of the five Great Lakes. It is also known as the Water Winter Wonderland and the Wolverine State. It houses roughly 10 million people.

Michigan Road Trips map

Michigan Road Trips

  1. Top of the Lake Scenic Byway
  2. Michigan’s Sunrise Coast
  3. US 12 Heritage Trail
  4. West Michigan Pike

Michigan Websites

Top of the Lake Scenic Byway

  • Castle Rock, castlerockmi.com/#!the-rock
  • Mystery Spot, mysteryspotstignace.com
  • Deer Ranch, deerranch.com
  • Gros Cap Roadside Park, bit.ly/groscaproadsidepark
  • Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, snowmobilemuseum.com
  • Seney National Wildlife Refuge, fws.gov/refuge/seney
  • Seul Choix Lighthouse, greatlakelighthouse.com
  • Visit Manistique, visitmanistique.com
  • Palms Book State Park, bit.ly/kitchitikipi
  • Mackinaw Trail Winery and Brewery, mackinawtrailwinery.com
  • Upper Crust Deli, uppercrustdeli.com
  • Goodale’s Sweet Spot, facebook.com/Goodalessweetspot
  • Java Joe’s Café, facebook.com/JavaJoesCafe
  • Jose’s Cantina, joses-cantina.business.site
  • Gangplank Pub & Grub, bit.ly/thegangplank

Sunrise Coast

  • Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, sheplersferry.com
  • Grand Hotel, grandhotel.com
  • Mackniac Island Carriage Tours, mict.com
  • Fort Mackinac, bit.ly/fortmackinac
  • Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, bit.ly/manoogianmuseum
  • Onaway State Park, bit.ly/onawaystatepark
  • Colonial Michilimackinac, bit.ly/colonialmichilimackinac
  • Headlands International Dark Sky Park, midarkskypark.org
  • Mama Mia’s, facebook.com/MamaMiasMackinaw
  • Murdick’s Famous Fudge, MurdicksFamousFudge.com
  • Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, bit.ly/historicmillcreek
  • 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, michigan.org/property/forty-mile-point-lighthouse
  • Ocqueoc Falls, bit.ly/ocqueocfallsmlp
  • North 23 Restaurant and Lounge, upnorth23.com
  • Rockport State Recreation Area, bit.ly/rockportsra
  • Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, thunderbay.noaa.gov
  • Negwegon State Park, bit.ly/negwegonsp
  • Turtle Marsh National Wildlife Area, michigan.org/property/tuttle-marsh-wildlife-area
  • Tawas Point Lighthouse, bit.ly/tawaspointlighthouse

US 12 Heritage Trail

  • Detroit Foundation Hotel, detroitfoundationhotel.com
  • Detroit Institute of Arts, dia.org
  • American Coney Island, americanconeyisland.com/home.htm 
  • Lafayette Coney Island, bit.ly/lafayetteconey
  • Buddy’s, buddyspizza.com
  • The Henry Ford, thehenryford.org
  • Hidden Lakes Gardens, canr.msu.edu/hiddenlakegardens
  • Michigan International Speedway, mispeedway.com
  • Cambridge Junction Historic State Park, bit.ly/cambridgejunctionhsp
  • Cherry Creek Cellars, cherrycreekwine.com
  • Rooms at Grayfield Inn, roomsatgrayfield.com
  • Olivia’s Chophouse, oliviaschophouse.com
  • Michigan Antique Trail, bit.ly/michiganantiques
  • Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, fernwoodbotanical.org
  • Bear Cave RV Resort, rvonthego.com/michigan/bear-cave-rv-campground
  • Oink’s Dutch Treat, oinksdutchtreat.com

West Michigan Pike

  • Hawkshead Inn, hawksheadlinks.com
  • Wickwood Inn, wickwoodinn.com
  • USS Silversides Submarine Museum, silversidesmuseum.org
  • Warren Dunes State Park, bit.ly/warrendunessp
  • Silver Lake State Park, bit.ly/silverlakesp
  • Silver Beach Carousel, silverbeachcarousel.com
  • Silver Beach Pizza, silverbeachpizza.com
  • Clementine’s, ohmydarling.com
  • Fenn Valley Vineyards, fennvalley.com
  • Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, miwinetrail.com
  • Saugatuck Dune Rides, saugatuckduneride.com
  • Saugatuck, saugatuck.com
  • Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises, saugatuckboatcruises.com
  • DeBoer Bakkerij Restaurant, deboerbakery.com
  • Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant, boatwerksrestaurant.com
  • Michigan’s Adventure, miadventure.com