Michigan Back Roads is a Michigan vacation getaway guide organized by region. Follow the links for Terrific Towns, 3 Day Getaways, Michigan attractions, historic sites, unique lodgings, natural wonders, Michigan Gift Shops, tasty delights and Michigan day trips in each region!  Use the map to find Michigan attractions, getaways and destinations in each region.


Point Abbaye' Nine Mile Point Water Fall crisp Point Lighthouse Crystal Falls Golf Course Mansion Scenic View Whites Bridge Car Ferry

Michigan might be the most diverse state in the nation when it comes to the natural beauty it has to offer. Michigan getaways include lighthouses, waterfalls, sand dunes, unique historic destinations, lakes, Terrific Towns and out of the way day trips. You can take a drive of one hour to a wild flower sanctuary, unique shop or local museum. You can set out for a Michigan 3 Day Getaway, starting each day in unique beautiful lodgings while exploring the hidden and lesser known attractions in every region of Michigan.


Terrific Towns are the perfect destinations for your short Michigan day trip or 3 day Michigan getaway. Each town has pages showing the quality of life, shopping, food, side trips, festivals, nature areas, museums and other Michigan attractions. I have visited and photographed each of these towns to ensure accuracy and that you can find the kind of fun you want on your Michigan road trip or 3 day weekend getaway.


The Michigan Day Trips in each region are day trips to destinations and events that are often overlooked because they are in very small towns. This site is not intended to be all things about Michigan. It is a collection Michigan road trips to special places that are often overlooked.


The Michigan attractions here and on www.upnorthmichigan.com  are also selected for their historic value and for the authentic Michigan experiences they provide. On a Michigan weekend getaway vacation we like to know where to stay, where to eat and what there is to see and do. Use the region map or the 3 Day Getaway section to explore Michigan getaway possibilities by region. The Michigan Attractions page has an easy to use list if you know what you are looking for.

Trails & Treasures is a new book due in June 2016.

The Trails: These trails are for everyone! Whether urban or rural, most are easy to get to. Each trail is beautiful, has some unique feature, and many are less than a mile long. Most importantly, you don't need the physical skills of a mountain climber to enjoy these trails. While some are challenging, most are a pleasant hike for families, a youth group, garden club, or a senior hiker seeking solitude. These trails have been picked because they are fun, not because they are rugged or famous. As always, these destinations are often overlooked.

The Treasures: Since these trails are usually only about a mile long and often less, there will be extra time to explore the area. The treasures are attractions, destinations or unique features near each trail. The treasure may be a nature center, an unusual monument or museum, it may even be a shop that just shouldn't be missed. Sometimes it is a winery or a spot to get a great meal and post your trail pictures. Whatever it is, the treasure will add to the fun of the trail day trip.


Find lodging by town in the Lodging section or visit www.backroadslodging.com  for reviews of unique Michigan lodgings.


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