Sometimes the cure to being in a slump of any kind is to dedicating a day to explore someplace new. Luckily you now have this list of short road trips in Michigan that can guide you through that adventure. There's nothing like getting a new perspective by creating new memories with friends.

Get ready, because you will want to fill up all of your free days with these destinations once you're done reading. 

Hike to Turnip Rock

Price: Free! You will have to rent a kayak or paddleboard if you don't have your own for $35 at a nearby shop to get there.

Address: The kayak shop is located at 119 E. Spring Street, Port Austin, MI.

The coordinates for Turnip Rock are 44°04’06.0″N 82°57’32.5″W; You can also find a trail map with photos & written directions here.

It's about two and a half hours from downtown Detroit. 

Why You Need To Go: This place seriously looks like something out of a fantasy movie! If you want your summer beach day to come with a little creativity then you can check out the kayaking trip to this awesome spot. 


Taste Test at Round Barn Winery

Price: The regular wine tasting is $12. They also offer an elevated experience inside the Round Barn itself that provides more alcohol options that cost $20 per person. 

You can make a reservation on the day of your trip but make sure to call ahead if you're bringing a larger group. 

Address: 10983 Hills Rd., Baroda, MI

Why You Need To Go: If your idea of a weekend getaway includes feeling like you've been transported to Napa Valley while only driving for three hours then you're in luck.

You can explore lush vineyards and taste some delicious wines that were made right here in Michigan. 


Free Massive Greenhouse

Price: Free

Hours: Thursday - Tuesday 10 a. m. - 4:30 p. m.; Wednesday 10 a. m. - 8 p. m.

Address: 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 

Why You Need To Go: If you need an escape from reality, it doesn't get much dreamier than this place. Sometimes in the middle of winter, you can forget that flourishing plants even exist anymore. 

If you need a pick-me-up that consists of some of the most gorgeous climates with a variety of species then you'll definitely enjoy an afternoon at this free greenhouse. 


Grand Haven City Beach

Price: Free

Address: Grand Haven City Beach, S. Harbor Dr., Grand Haven, MI

Why You Need To Go: This is one of the most popular beaches on the west coast of the state and it's for good reason. 

If you're looking for a place that's full of activity then this is your beach. There are tons of restaurants to visit and new people to meet. 


Visit the Haunted Henderson Castle

Price: It's free to visit the grounds and look around!

There are several dining options that are on the pricier side and would be perfect for a date night. 

Guest rooms start at $129 per night. 

Address: 100 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49006

Why You Need To Go: There's a little bit of the thrill-seeker in all of us and sometimes nothing gets the blood pumping like a little bit of paranormal activity. 

Plenty of guests have reported sightings of the original owners and several scary movies have deemed this place so freaky that they used it as a filming site. 

If you want some excitement to accompany your day of gorgeous sight-seeing then you might want to add a trip to Henderson Castle to your calendar. 


Spend a Day at Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum 

Price: Entrance is free! You can bring quarters to play all of the games. 

Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Address: 31005 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, MI

Why You Need To Go: This spot combines the wonder of vintage items with the fun of losing track of the hours lost in an arcade. They've been collecting coin-operated machines for almost a century and they also have modern video games that will thrill you.


Explore Belle Isle State Park

Price: A state recreation passport is required to enter in a vehicle. You can purchase those for $11 at the entry booth of the park. 

Hours: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Address: 99 Pleasure Dr., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This is the spot if you're looking for a day trip from Detroit that doesn't require a whole lot of driving. You can totally escape the city in this nature paradise with minimal driving. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.



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