Heritage Tours

  • Experiencing history for ourselves is what Michigan's heritage tours are all about. They guide us through the buildings where the automotive industry began. They lead us to the sites where battle lines were drawn and where international borders were formed. They even show us the way to the places where the sands of time literally began, the windswept dunes of Pure Michigan. 
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US 12 Heritage Trail

Centuries in the making, the US-12 Heritage Trail is a road connecting man, animals, commerce, culture, and nature. Bridging southern Michigan's east and west shores, the US-12 Heritage Trail is an unconventional destination that encourages the traveler to journey its winding roads, meet its people, explore its places, and uncover its hidden treasures.

Alcona County Quilt Trail

The Alcona County Quilt Trail consists of large colorful painted wooden quilt block designs mounted on barns, historical sites, and small businesses throughout Alcona County to create a self-guided driving tour.

Allegan County Heritage Trail

A self-guided tour of discovery and adventure into the history, sights, and sounds of Allegan County.

Discover the Blue Water Area Heritage Tour

Thomas Edison, Gar Woods, Chris Smith and Harold Wills all have the “Discover the Blue” region in common.  Find relics, artifacts, architecture and learn of the people that have given the region its great inheritance. Explore the locations that dot the region from Algonac/Clay to the tip of the thumb in Port Austin.

Grand Rapids Heritage Tour

You can explore everything from Native American history to 19th century lumber baron mansions to the life of President Gerald Ford on a stroll through downtown Grand Rapids. Additional heritage experiences are just a short drive away.

Osceola Quilt Trail

Part of a national grassroots art movement, the Osceola Quilt Trail (OQT) is a self-guided tour through Osceola County, with over 80 giant, boldly painted quilt blocks on barns, businesses and other structures.

Tahquamenon Scenic Byway

Experience the incredible 63-mile journey along the Tahquamenon Scenic Byway  through the vast untamed land of Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. Explore the main route of Highway M-123 to experience the thunder of Tahquamenon Falls and the northern hospitality of villages like Newberry and Paradise, but leave time to branch out on byway spurs and visit our endless sandy beaches, silent lakes and restored lighthouses. 

U.P. Hidden Coast

The U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Route runs from Menominee, the gateway to the Upper Peninsula, through to the northern city limits of Gladstone; 64 miles along the western shoreline of Lake Michigan in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

US 23 Huron Shores Heritage Route

Your pathway to Michigan's Sunrise Coast with nearly 200 miles of spectacular scenic views of Lake Huron and an astounding array of large public forest, park and recreational properties await travelers on the Huron Shores Heritage Route (US 23). 

Blue Coast Artists Driving Tour

Travel the scenic Blue Star Highway and back roads between South Haven and Saugatuck to discover a distinctive and diverse community. The Blue Coast Artists cultural heritage tour is a treasure trove offering a behind-the-scenes look into the studios talented working artisans, agri-tourism farms, wineries and sites within quintessential towns.

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