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Best Road Trips in Michigan

Known for it's unique topography – is that a mitten? – Michigan features a wealth of charming, pleasant, and welcoming cities, towns, and communities. Embark on these drive tours to see all the must-see attractions, local favorites, and outdoor fun found across the Great Lakes State.

A Detroit Weekend Tour allows you to explore the areas in and around greater Detroit. Allen Park is home to the Southgate Civic Center, and the Henry Ford Museum. Livonia, west of downtown Detroit, is quaint and warm city worthy of your visit. Don't miss the Livonia Symphony Orchestra perform at the Louis Schmidt Auditorium throughout the year.

You'll want to embark on a tour of Michigan's Thumb – northeast from Detroit, you'll find cities like Davison, Lapeer, and Port Huron. In Davison, be sure to play 18 holes at Sugarbush Golf Course, while your stay in Lapeer should be met with some time at Lake Nepessing. In Port Huron, Historic Downtown Port Huron features a wealth of charming fun.

When you explore Michigan's Upper Peninsula, you'll want to drive from Escanaba to St. Ignace, then north to Sault Ste. Marie – which yields easy access into Ontario. Don't miss the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, and check out the Lake Superior State University Lakers play hockey at Taffy Able Arena. 

A visit to Grand Rapids is a near must when you venture out into west-central Michigan. Just north from the city of Wyoming, Grand Rapids is home to the John Ball Zoo – see more than 1,100 animals with the family.

From Grand Rapids, the trip to southwestern Michigan is a breeze. Interstate 69 will be your main passageway to the thrills and attractions found in Coldwater, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo. 

Enjoy a drive along Michigan's coast and check out the highlights in Saugatuck. The Taste of Saugatuck is a mainstay annual event, while River Bluff Park yields fun-filled days at Oval Beach and Kalamazoo Lake.

You'll make your way into the Saginaw Bay area, where you can explore Midland. Charming, quaint, and full of top level attractions, Midland rarely disappoints. Don't miss a tour of the Dow Gardens, what may be considered the premier botanical garden in the state. 

Don't miss a drive through the Top of the Mitten, as it's so called. See top attractions and experience excellent outdoor recreation from Harbor Springs to Mackinaw City to Cheboygan.