Michigan Pike

An historic byway connecting the Beachtowns for an epic road trip.

Download the Motorized Leisure Guide to the West Michigan Pike

The West Michigan Pike is a historic trail leading beachgoers from all over the nation to unique and scenic towns along the lakeshore. Developed in 1911 as a pioneering tourist road, the West Michigan Pike was designed for vacationers seeking both relaxation and adventure. Vacationers from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and all across the nation have explored this historic byway and found the perfect beach vacation, fun-filled family getaway, romantic retreat, and much more.

There’s no right or wrong way to explore the West Michigan Pike. Start an impromptu adventure anywhere along the Pike, and see where your wanderlust takes you. Plan your route from start to finish to find the perfect beaches, exciting activities, and one-of-a-kind attractions. Begin your vacation at the start of the Pike to the south in St. Joseph, the north in Silver Lake/Hart, or anywhere in between. Whether you’re traveling the West Michigan Pike for a day, a weekend, a week or longer, there are countless sights and exciting activities to explore.

View Attractions Along the West Michigan Pike

Whatever type of vacation you have in mind, whether you want to explore Michigan’s beaches, take a brewery and winery tour, try fun new activities, or you don’t have an agenda, head to the West Michigan Pike to explore the lakeshore. Breathtaking sights, sunny beaches, flourishing forests, and all types of exciting activities are waiting for you all across this historic byway.

Take a Drive on the West Michigan Pike

Check out the map of the West Michigan Pike and learn how you can and start your journey along this historic route.

West Michigan Pike Map
West Michigan Pike 1915 Route Cover Image

The History of the West Michigan Pike

First came the cars. Then came an idea: to build an automobile touring route that stretched from New Buffalo to Mackinaw City.

West Michigan Pike Sheild

West Michigan Pike Named State’s Newest Pure Michigan Bywaytm

Michigan by Motorcar

Read the 2019 USA Today “Michigan by Motorcar” Article

Plan your trip along the West Michigan Pike

The West Michigan Pike byway was added to the Michigan Department of Transportation’s collection of Pure Michigan Byways™ in 2016 based on its intrinsic historic, cultural, recreational, and scenic values.


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Michigan Beachtowns
Carousels are magical. And the Silver Beach Carousel in St. Joseph is a must-visit attraction with a fascinating history! Take a stroll on the boardwalk, then explore the free Silver Beach Amusement Park Museum. This wonder-filled place meant something special to its millions of visitors from 1891-1971. Come and experience its past through interactive exhibits and memorabilia.📷 The top of The Silver Beach Carousel during sunset. Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council #mibeachtowns #swmichigan #visitstjoseph ... See MoreSee Less
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