Michigan is home to plenty of famous outdoor destinations, from Tahquamenon Falls State Park to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. While there’s plenty to be said for exploring a well-known spot, we’re partial to underrated locales throughout the state – which is why we’ve put together a road trip to some of the least-visited state parks in Michigan. You’ll have a blast exploring these breathtaking spots without the added stress of overwhelming crowds. When you’re ready to hop in the car and check out these state parks in Michigan, first don’t forget to use our ultimate road trip packing list. It will make your packing a breeze!

If you’d like to adjust this road trip route to suit your needs, check out our adjustable map.

So, now you’ve got everything you need to start planning your road trip to some of the least-visited state parks in Michigan. Have you checked out any of these places during previous outings? Did we include any of your favorites on our list? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a Facebook comment or recommend another unique state park in Michigan by completing our official nomination form.

Looking for more outdoor adventure? You’ll want to read about these seven affordable campgrounds in Michigan.

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Where can you go on a family-friendly road trip in Michigan?

Not all road trips are created equal, and just as some itineraries are for history buffs or food lovers, others are made for the family. When you go on this family-friendly road trip through Michigan, you’ll have stops at some of the following places:

  • William C. Sterling State Park
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Nichols Arboretum
  • Saugatuck

Where can you go on some of the best road trips in Michigan?

Michigan is a gorgeous state and taking a road trip is one of the best ways to see it. If you’re interested in exploring more of Michigan, consider some of the following road trips:


Need more ideas? Take a look at this article on the best road trips in Michigan.

What are some hidden gems in Michigan?

Michigan has plenty of hidden gems just waiting to be seen and experienced. While there’s far more than this list, just a few of the hidden gems in Michigan include:

  • Guardian Building in Detroit
  • Ocqueoc Falls near Millersburg in Bismarck Township
  • The Detroit Public Library Main Branch
  • Donckers in Marquette
  • Kitch-iti-kipi in Manistique


Check out this complete list for more information on these places and other hidden gems in Michigan.

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