Where will one tank of gas take you? In Michigan, with its 11,000 inland lakes and 3,200 miles of Great Lakes coastline, you can reach the beach with an affordable car trip. Tee up at a choice of nearly 900 golf courses, hit the hiking and biking trails, drop a line in the waters of 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and picnic at one of 97 state parks or four national parks. Cities of all sizes have museums, zoos, and historic sites to explore, and the growing wine industry counts 81 wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms for sipping Michigan’s vintages. When you plan a car trip in Michigan, you're never more than one tank away from Pure excitement!
Family friendly fun can start at the beach building sand castles, swimming in fresh clear water, climbing sand dunes or flying a kite. Continue your one-tank car trip to one of the dozens of festivals and events that fill the calendar. Check the free Michigan Farm Market and Agricultural Tourism Directory for places to learn what produce is in season and where you can pick your own bushel of fruit, visit a working farm, and buy locally produced honey, jams, jellies, maple syrup and baked goods. At the end of the day let the kids sprawl on a blanket at a free concert under the stars.
Within each of the eight regions of this two-peninsula playground it’s easy to find things to do and places to go that are free and low-cost---even special deals on lodging packages. It all adds up to an affordable and memorable Pure Michigan experience that is never further than a one tank trip will take you.
Follow winding roads through Michigan’s fruit belt to U-Pick orchards, stop at roadside markets for a farm fresh taste of the region, or visit the dozen wineries along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. >more
Enjoy the state's second largest city, great summer events and unusual destinations. There's so much to see in West Central Michigan with just one tank of gas. >more
From vintage automotive to winery vintages southeast Michigan offers a plethora of things to do. Enjoy Detroit’s cultural offerings, a relaxing drive along the coast or a tour of Michigan’s capital city. >more
Lake Huron wraps around Michigan’s “Thumb,” which is lined with beaches, picnic spots and the cities of Port Sanilac, Port Hope, Port Austin and Port Huron, where the train station is a museum that honors Thomas Edison, who worked there as a lad. >more
Bring the clubs for world-class golf, the binoculars for birding hotspots and the camera for photogenic lighthouse dotting the shore. Your car trip through Northeast Michigan will be truly unforgettable. >more
Bicycle the 'Tunnel of Trees,' enjoy boutique shopping, Michigan wines, or leave the car behind and head for Mackinac Island. >more
On the north end of the Mackinac Bridge, there are many adventures. From St. Ignace to Les Cheneaux Islands, St. Ignace to Drummond Island or Sault Ste. Marie. >more
From Houghton to the Keweenaw Peninsula, escape to experience the rugged beauty of Copper Country. Or, try a back country experience in Porcupine Mountains State Park. >more