One Week. 50 Cities. The Most Ambitious Pure Michigan Road Trip Ever Planned.

What can you do in one week? Jeff Barrett and Rob Bliss – two ordinary Michigan-born men – are about to embark on an extraordinary road trip through the state to answer that question. The goal will be to create an energetic digital video that highlights various things the state has to offer. The video will serve as a way to help tell the story of Michigan as a great place to live, work, play and build a business. The trip will take place in an “Imported from Detroit” Chrysler.

Barrett and Bliss’ firm Status Creative will be filming all across Michigan during the week-long road trip. This is the same firm behind last year’s Grand Rapids LibDub - national winner for Best Use Of Video in Social Media from PRNewswire. Barrett and Bliss will be highlighting some of the people, businesses, events and natural beauty that make Michigan unique. The journey will begin on Sunday, August 19th and conclude a week later on the 26th of August.

The general public is welcome and encouraged to participate in these filmed events as Barrett and Bliss come to their city. Those curious about what events will be happening near them can visit the Interactive Map (see below).

Update: Filming for the video ended in August. Check to see the final video from Jeff and Rob’s trip on Sunday, September 9th!

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For the most up-to-date information follow Jeff Barrett on Twitter at @BarrettAll and the hashtag #PureMichigan. He will be tweeting live updates of when and where to show up and participate. Pure Michigan and the Chrysler brand will also be sharing important updates. Below is a collection of photos Jeff has taken along the way so far. We’ve also rounded up some tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram photos, and YouTube videos showing the making of the video, which you can view in our Storify collection.

Have you taken a memorable Michigan road trip? Share with us below!

117 thoughts on “One Week. 50 Cities. The Most Ambitious Pure Michigan Road Trip Ever Planned.

  1. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work….

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  3. we almost need to break it up into regions, IE Upper Peninsula, North Western Michigan, Western Michigan, Southwestern Michigan , Central Michigan, East Michigan, Northeastern and then Southeastern Michigan regions to properly obtain all of the great sites in our State…

  4. I loved the video and would like to suggest that one be created for each of the four beautiful seasons we celebrate in Michigan!  That would certainly allow more exposure to our many breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders.  However, you might need to relax the “7 days” for the winter trek!!!

  5.  @MichelleDenise Rob and Jeff scrambled to squeeze in 50 cities in a mere 7 days – without getting pulled over :) We haven’t heard yet if / when they plan to do a second road trip. Bay Harbor would make a great addition. 

  6. To the great videographers who put this together, you just HAVE TO do another next summer?  How does our town “get on your list” for your next video?  We want you in Bay Harbor!!

  7.  @SamanthaRussell Higgins Lake is beautiful and is one of Michigan’s ten largest lakes. Maybe Rob and Jeff will do a second video where they can capture even more of Michigan’s wonderful assets. 

  8. @PureMichigan Just was part of Jackson Pure Michigan lip dub! Great fun! Good luck across Mi!! Great idea

  9. @DIADetroit @barrettall @UMichMiss A great way to show off the wonderful things we have that are uniquely MI! Lip dub early and often!

  10. I also noticed no Higgins or Houghton Lake. Higgins lake is the 6th most beautiful, and it’s not included? Maybe it should have been less of the Detroit area and more of our beautiful forests and waters and farms, the majority of Michigan.

  11. So I couldn’t help but notice that most of the thumb and a lot  of the middle of the state are left out. I understand this is a big endeavour but with the Algonac area being where Chris Craft boats came from (and boating being a big part of the Great Lakes state) it seems a shame to leave it out.

  12. @InJoyPhoto I do my best. :) #mittenlove Much better than West Virginia. I seriously forgot it existed until the map this morning.

  13. @PureMichigan @RobBlissGR @BarrettAll What am I missing? All I see is the original announcement.

  14. While working at “Car and Driver” magazine (Ann Arbor)  in the early 1980′s we had long-term-test-cars for evaluation purposes that needed to get as many miles put on—as quickly as possible— and so on the weekends we could sign-up for a car and whoever was going the furthest, got the car. While working for for “Car and Driver” i visited every county in both the upper and lower Peninsulas. Hard to say what was my favorite trip, but I remember strongly  an October drive along Lake Superior that was STUPENDOUS. The waves were crashing mightily. It was cold, and wet and breathtaking. The majesty of that GREAT LAKE lives on strongly in my memory.

    ….A huge smile was on my face while typing this…

  15. @PureMichigan @robblissgr @barrettall Need any SAG people : ) I just took my road trip to MI from CA

  16. [...] The group also shot a scene in Bay City this afternoon, and are also shooting scenes in Saginaw, Frankenmuth and Flint before the night is over. To follow the group as they make their way through Michigan, check Barrett’s Twitter feed or follow the Pure Michigan travel blog. [...]

  17. While you’re at the Tridge, come up the hill to our fabulous downtonw! Stop by our store: Coyer Candle Co and pick out a Michigan shaped air freshener for your adventure…on us! 

  18. [...] For a look at all of their planned stops visit [...]

  19. [...] Follow the full itinerary on the Pure Michigan blog. [...]

  20. @PureMichigan @robblissgr @barrettall awww…we were just in Newberry on Thursday. Back home in WI and we miss it in the UP!

  21. @PureMichigan I like mine with lettuce and tomatoes, Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes… Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer!

  22. @CharlieCurve All planned. Some time flexibility. Just tweeted the update to the #PureMichigan blog. Listed times/places to participate.

  23. @BarrettAll Is there a list of cities with participation opportunities, locations and times or is everything coming together on the fly?

  24. You certainly have a full agenda-somewhat disappointed you don’t have time to stop in the beautiful Tawases and enjoy the sunrise over Tawas Bay-maybe next time…When will the Pure Michigan Road Trip be available for viewing??@

  25. There’s no better way to get to Dearborn’s Ford Country on the 21st. than a drive on Ford Road. We’d love to have you stop at PostNet Dearborn to say hi. Then we head up to the Kiwanis State Convention so when you are in Harbor Springs on the 25th stop and say hi again. The folks at PostNet Dearborn and the Michigan Kiwanians love Pure Michigan!

  26. @BarrettAll Please stop in to view the World Hot Air Balloon Champship hosted by Battle Creek. 100 competitors 16 Fiesta balloons 8/ 19- 25

  27.  @RobertZinger There are hundreds of wonderful cities in Michigan and we love promoting them all. Rob and Jeff couldn’t fit all they wanted to in their 7-day schedule. 

  28.  @Pure Michigan Don’t forget the thumb!  There’s Port Huron, Fort Gratoit, Lexington, Croswell, and Port Sanilac!

  29. Yeah. Central Michigan isn’t important at all. Way to represent Michigan by hitting up Detroit and a bunch of tourist destinations.

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  31. Great idea, however, you’re missing the “Purest” part of Michigan, which is the western end of the U.P. Maybe another series sometime, to include the Keweenaw Peninsula, Houghton, Ontonagon, and Baraga Counties? 

  32. If they did a second trip, do you have any favorite place you’d want them to stop? (Given the time constraints of just one week, they couldn’t make it to all the places they wanted this time). 

  33.  @LauraHessButler All great suggestions, Laura. There are more than 200 shipwrecks in the area around the Shipwreck Museum in Paradise, Michigan. It’s a must-see for people visiting that area. 

  34.  @RyanJServatius You’re right, Ryan, Saugatuck is beautiful. Its beaches were named among the top 25 in the world according to Condé Nast International Travel Magazine.

  35.  @DeniseSchmitzPiantkowski With 96,000 square miles of land and hundreds of cities in Michigan, Rob and Jeff aren’t able to cover it all in one week. Maybe they’ll do a second trip and visit different places. 

  36.  @AnnaDaugherty1 What a great trip, Anna. Impressive how far you were able to travel in a short period of time. Love the photos and memories you share on your blog. 

  37. it would be nice if they broke it up into a series, to hit the U.P., Northern, Eastern, Western and of course the beautiful Soutwestern Michigan areas

  38. To hit 50 locations in a week all while coordinating the filming for the video is a pretty ambitious project so of course they can’t hit all of the cool places in our beautiful state. I’m excited to stay tuned :)

  39. You really should make a stop in Manistee County…between Sleeping Bear Dunes and Ludington.  Suggestions include Arcadia’s Inspiration Point off M22, to Crescent Beach Road along Portage Lake and Lake Michigan to downtown Manistee’s Riverwalk where you might catch a freighter making its way through the channel between Lake Michigan and Manistee Lake. It’s along the way!!  For more information: or call the Visitors Center at 877.626.4783. 

  40. You are missing so much staying on the interstate.  In the UP there is Fayette State Park which should be a must see, Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum, Center Ave. in Bay City which has the older mansions from the lumber barons, Sage Library in Bay City, cheese shops in Pinconning, Jampot in Eagle Harbor, Houghton,  Legs Inn in Cross Village, tunnel of Trees on 119, small town charm of Rockford, Shrine of the Pine in Baldwin.   Looks like you guys are just passing thru and not enjoying the trip.  Too bad for you!

  41. I just did the same thing on a motorcycle with a friend from Tennessee and we called it a vacation so unfortunately we can’t write it off on taxes.  We also went to Copper Harbor, a little further west.

  42. Great idea…but I thought it was a “Pure Michigan Roadtrip”?  If you look at the points of where you’re going, you do not even come close to covering ALL of Michigan.  As some people pointed out, there is nowhere in the center of the state, there is nothing west of Marquette, and I will add that there are not too many places on the east side of the state.  There are so many points that are centralized in the Detroit area.  What a shame that you won’t be covering a TRUE Michigan experience.  With all the coverage you will be having, it isn’t doing our state it’s TRUE justice.

  43. I think our paths will cross near Petoskey. We are heading there then to UP. High expectations for the commercial! @BarrettAll @PureMichigan

  44. Sounds like a great project.  But looking at the map it appears that nothing exists in the center of the state.  Not sure what I think about that.

  45. Very Excited to see this, to bad you could not make it 20 more minutes South to South Haven from Saugatuck.  We know you would fall in love with our small resort town located on Lake Michigan with miles of Sugar Sand Beaches on Big Blue 

  46. @BarrettAll Hey! When are you guys coming to Midland and what do you plan on doing here? Would love to be involved somehow! Let me know!

  47. @BarrettAll Great project Jeff! Need any MI themed road trip songs for the film? I’ve got a few I’d send you.

  48. @BarrettAll @robblissgr Can’t wait to see what kind of cool you’ll create for @PureMichigan out of this.

  49. @BarrettAll @robblissgr @PureMichigan East side? This trip sounds like so much fun, I may hide in the trunk for the whole shebang.

  50. @CharlieCurve @robblissgr @puremichigan Thanks, Charlie! Can’t wait to get started. Hope to see you when we are on the East side.

  51. @PureMichigan @BarrettAll Awesomeness. We will see you Aug. 21. I’ll be sure to let everyone @waynestate know about the project.

  52. @BarrettAll Let me know if @BuyMichiganNow can help along the way with your new pro-Michigan project.

  53. @BarrettAll @PureMichigan @Chrysler I dont see any downriver communities included. I would like Lincoln park included in your trip.

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