Best Scenic Drives in Michigan

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Michigan. Use this list to plan your next Michigan scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Harbor Springs to Cross Village: Tunnel of Trees

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    Harbor Springs, MI

    One of Michigan’s most spectacular drives, Michigan Highway 119 leaves the exclusive resort town of Harbor Springs, whisks you through an area once largely inhabited by the Odawa, or Ottawa Indians, ...
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    One of Michigan’s most spectacular drives, Michigan Highway 119 leaves the exclusive resort town of Harbor Springs, whisks ...

  • #2 Port Huron to Tawas City

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    Bay City, MI

    This is a drive from Port Huron to Tawas City, through small harbor towns, pretty roadside parks, and quaint villages with Victorian homes and antique shops. This 143-mile drive is unremarkable ...
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    This is a drive from Port Huron to Tawas City, through small harbor towns, pretty roadside parks, and quaint villages with ...

  • #3 Brockway Mountain Drive

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    Eagle Harbor, MI

    This 10-mile drive through Brockway Mountain is often touted as one of the most beautiful drives in Michigan. From its highest point you have an eagle-eye view of Lake Superior and thick, pristine ...
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    This 10-mile drive through Brockway Mountain is often touted as one of the most beautiful drives in Michigan. From its highest ...

  • #4 Lumberman's Monument Auto Tour

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    Au Sable, MI

    This drive begins and ends just west of Tawas City, which is located on the eastern coast of the lower peninsula. The drive, a 68-mile loop, takes you through broadleaf forests, a red pine p ...
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    This drive begins and ends just west of Tawas City, which is located on the eastern coast of the lower peninsula. The drive, ...

  • #5 Black River Scenic Byway

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    Bessemer, MI

    An 11.5-mile paved route through hardwood forests and past numerous waterfalls to a historic harbor on Lake Superior. The Black River Scenic Byway provides terrific recreation and scenery in ...
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    An 11.5-mile paved route through hardwood forests and past numerous waterfalls to a historic harbor on Lake Superior. The ...

  • #6 Charlevoix to Harbor Springs: Petoskey and Bay View

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    Petoskey, MI

    This 25-mile drive begins in the busy resort town of Charlevoix, passes the location that was once the only kingdom that ever existed on United States soil, also passes an elite summer colony ...
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    This 25-mile drive begins in the busy resort town of Charlevoix, passes the location that was once the only kingdom that ...

  • #7 Newberry to Tahquamenon Falls

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    Newberry, MI

    This 43-mile drive from Newberry to Tahquamenon Falls State Park escorts you through thick, moist forest to the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Special attractions: Tahquamenon ...
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    This 43-mile drive from Newberry to Tahquamenon Falls State Park escorts you through thick, moist forest to the second largest ...

  • #8 Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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    Empire, MI

    This drive is a 7.5-mile loop through sweeping dunescapes, and ghost forests, with panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Special attractions: The entire drive is filled with overlooks of the Sleeping ...
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    This drive is a 7.5-mile loop through sweeping dunescapes, and ghost forests, with panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Special ...

  • #9 Grand Marias to Munising: Grand Sable Dunes at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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    Grand Marais, MI

    This drive through the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Sable Bank and Dunes takes you through mammoth dunes and rolling hills situated on the shore of Lake Superior. From Grand Marais ...
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    This drive through the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Sable Bank and Dunes takes you through mammoth dunes and ...

  • #10 Frankfort to Ludington

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    Manistee, MI

    This drive from Frankfort to Ludington, approximately 60 miles, follows the west coast of the lower peninsula southward, past sugar sand beaches and the Victorian city of Manistee. Special ...
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    This drive from Frankfort to Ludington, approximately 60 miles, follows the west coast of the lower peninsula southward, ...

  • #11 Traverse City to Charlevoix: Northwest Coast of the Lower Peninsula

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    Charlevoix, MI

    This 50-mile drive begins in Traverse City, filled with brightly colored cottages, blue sweeping beaches, and orchards full of cherry trees. It ends in another vacation hotspot, Charlevoix, with ...
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    This 50-mile drive begins in Traverse City, filled with brightly colored cottages, blue sweeping beaches, and orchards full ...

  • #12 East Arm of Traverse Bay: Old Mission Peninsula

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    Traverse City, MI

    An astounding 20-mile drive in a pastoral setting from Traverse City to the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula. Special attractions: The beautiful farms, orchards, wineries, beaches, Old Mission ...
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    An astounding 20-mile drive in a pastoral setting from Traverse City to the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula. Special attractions: ...

  • #13 Mackinaw City to Sturgeon Bay

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    Mackinaw City, MI

    This 10-mile drive from Mackinaw City to Sturgeon Bay takes you through Wilderness State Park along the lower peninsula’s northern coast. The drive ends at Waugoshance Point, and during the brief ...
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    This 10-mile drive from Mackinaw City to Sturgeon Bay takes you through Wilderness State Park along the lower peninsula’s ...

  • #14 Wakefield to Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park

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    Wakefield, MI

    This drive of about 40 miles, from Wakefield to the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness, or “The Porkies” as they are affectionately called, takes you into some of the deepest, most pristine areas ...
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    This drive of about 40 miles, from Wakefield to the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness, or “The Porkies” as they are affectionately ...

  • #15 Gay to Copper Harbor: Keweenaw Peninsula Shore

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    Copper Harbor, MI

    This 62-mile drive begins in the small town of Gay on the eastern shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and follows Scenic Shoreline Drive northeast along the coast of the peninsula, turns inland ...
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    This 62-mile drive begins in the small town of Gay on the eastern shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and follows Scenic Shoreline ...

  • #16 Champion to L'Anse: Van Riper State Park

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    Champion, MI

    This 45-mile drive from Champion to L’Anse takes you through Van Riper State Park, release site of a reintroduced moose population in the 1980s. The entire area of this drive cuts through “moose ...
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    This 45-mile drive from Champion to L’Anse takes you through Van Riper State Park, release site of a reintroduced moose population ...

  • #17 Frankfort to Suttons Bay: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Leelanau Peninsula

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    Frankfort, MI

    This 66-mile drive from Frankfort to Suttons Bay takes you through towering sand dunes that loom hundreds of feet high. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the most popular tourist ...
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    This 66-mile drive from Frankfort to Suttons Bay takes you through towering sand dunes that loom hundreds of feet high. The ...

  • #18 Hartwick Pines State Park: Virgin Pines Scenic Drive

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    Grayling, MI

    This 8-mile, one-way loop drive meanders through Hartwick Pines State Park—a stand of virgin pine, a climax forest, a red pine plantation—and crosses the East Branch-Au Sable River twice. An ...
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    This 8-mile, one-way loop drive meanders through Hartwick Pines State Park—a stand of virgin pine, a climax forest, a red ...

  • #19 Whitefish Bay Scenic Highway

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    Brimley, MI

    A 27-mile road along Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay, past beaches and through northern hardwood forests. Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway travels the shoreline of Whitefish Bay through white birches, ...
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    A 27-mile road along Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay, past beaches and through northern hardwood forests. Whitefish Bay Scenic ...

  • #20 Bessemer to Black River Harbor

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    Bessemer, MI

    Designated as a National Scenic Byway, this rolling 15-mile drive from Bessemer to Black River Harbor takes you through roads thick with pine and cedar trees, to an area near Black River Harbor ...
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    Designated as a National Scenic Byway, this rolling 15-mile drive from Bessemer to Black River Harbor takes you through roads ...