The Ultimate Michigan Hidden Gem Road Trip Will Take You To 9 Incredible Little-Known Spots In The State

We’ve all got our favorite tried-and-true destinations here in the Great Lakes State, from local eateries to popular parks along the shoreline. While there’s plenty to be said for frequenting such spots, we’re partial to discovering underrated treasures. If you’re ready to spend time at some of Michigan’s most marvelous hidden gems, follow our road trip and get ready for a real adventure. These nine locales are sure to become new family favorites – and you’ll feel like you’re in on a wonderful secret.

Note: while we know that the Upper Peninsula is chock full of hidden gems, we’ve chosen to primarily profile Lower Peninsula spots in this article for the sake of driving time. Stay tuned for future pieces about must-visit U.P. destinations.

To access an adjustable map of our road trip route, click here.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:

We know our list can’t possibly contain all the hidden gems that set Michigan apart, so we’d like to hear from you: which lesser-known spots here in the Great Lakes State should have been included on our road trip? Do you have any recommendations for future pieces? Share your thoughts by leaving a Facebook comment or make an official recommendation by filling out our nomination form here.

If you just can’t wait to learn about more hidden gems, read about this little-known roadside market in Michigan.

Address: Trenton, MI 48183, USA
Address: 5200 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI 48383, USA
Address: 7354 Horton Bay Rd N, Boyne City, MI 49712, USA
Address: Ocqueoc Falls, Ocqueoc Township, MI 49759, USA
Address: 8555 Olive Shore Ave, West Olive, MI 49460, USA
Address: 197 River St, Leland, MI 49654, USA
Address: Castle Rock, St Ignace Township, MI 49781, USA
Address: 2948 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, MI 49406, USA
Address: 13730 White Lake Rd, Fenton, MI 48430, USA