Best places to roadtrip

Emily Lemerand, co-print Editor

School is nearly out for the summer and what is a better time to hit the road and see the beautiful wildlife, and scenery, the United States has to offer?  Whether you’re going to be in Michigan for the next three months, or you’re leaving the state, there are always amazing places to visit.

  1. The Grand Canyon To Las Vegas! This four and a half hour trip begins in the Grand Canyon National Park, with nature and a drive through the desert. Then stopping in St. George and Utah, ending the trip in Las Vegas.
  2. Washington-Oregon Coast! There is geographical diversity and scenery in the Pacific Northwest, let alone the 600 mile journey from San Juan Islands to Brookings, Oregon. Through the 15 hour drive, you’ll encounter rocky beaches, forests, water, and various types of food.
  3. Route 61 (also known as the Blues Highway)! This 600 mile trip is perfect for any music lover fans, taking you from Nashville, Tennessee to Orleans, Louisiana. This is a perfect trip to hear live music, visit the home of Elvis Presley, and see various famous recording studios.


Michigan is known for their great lakes, fresh produce, and beautiful nature. The whole United States is filled with beauty, although these sites are only found in the mitten.

  1. Mackinac Island! This is an island destination where vehicles are not permitted. Although, there are 70 miles of walking, hiking, or biking trails along with water activities on Lake Huron.
  2. Traverse City! This city is located at the southern tip of Traverse Bay with access to miles upon miles of beaches, many museums, and activities for all ages. Water sports are popular along with hiking and biking trails, lighthouse visits, and “farm-to-fork” restaurants.
  3. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore! The Dunes are made up of beaches, inland lakes, and forests, making it a perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts. To start, go into the Philip A Hart Visitor Center to pick up the dunes info and visitor info. From there, there’s choices to go on a scenic drive, hiking, biking, kayaking, paddling, climbing the dunes, or simply observing nature and the wildlife.