One-Tank Michigan Road Trips With Something For Everyone

We don’t know about you but 2020 has given us the travel bug like never before. There’s just something about getting out of the house and on the road. And who doesn’t love finding new places to wander around?

But it’s not always possible to plan a real, honest to goodness, stay-at-a-hotel vacation. If all you’ve got is a lazy Saturday or Sunday, we’ve found some great spots that are just far enough from home to feel like a little getaway. Fill up your tank and let’s go!

Pet-friendly Trails

Michigan has miles and miles of trails, ranging from the easiest short hikes to major overnight adventures. But wherever you go exploring, it’s a lot more fun when you can bring a four-legged friend. 

One spot Fido will love is Sleepy Hollow State Park in Laingsburg. With 2600 acres, including a river that winds through the trees and trails, the park offers great recreation options all year round. More than 228 species have been recorded in Sleepy Hollow – including the domestic canine. You can find more pet-friendly destinations here

Small(est) Town Wonders 

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

A sign in the city of Omer advertises the area as “Michigan’s Smallest City.” But it’s more accurate to Omer the second-smallest. According to the 2010 Census, the town of Lake Angelus had a population of 290, making it Michigan’s least-populated city. 

If you’re looking for smaller towns with a bit more to offer an out-of-town visitor, you’ll want to drive out to Copper Harbor. You can gear up at Keweenaw Adventure Company for an epic mountain bike ride from the top of Brockway Mountain. Or take a jaunt over to Saugatuck where you can grab an iced coffee at Uncommon Coffee Roasters and wander around shops, breweries, historic sites, and galleries. 

Tour Traverse City

Ok, it’s not really a road trip if you don’t arrive from out of town. But even if you live there, visiting Traverse City like a tourist is a lot of fun. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Michigan, Traverse City is known for its wineries, cherry farms, and even an independent film festival. Pick up breakfast or lunch at the Grand Traverse Pie Co. and take a picnic out to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park for unforgettable views and serious relaxation. 

Whether you’re looking for an adventurous trek, a romantic getaway, or a quick kid-friendly day trip, you’ll find what you’re looking for – and we’re betting it’s just a tank of gas away.