Michigan Pike

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

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

South Haven Kal Haven Trail Biking Map

South Haven

South Haven is a scenic and historic town located near the southern end of the West Michigan Pike. With serene beaches, beautiful nature trails, historic museums, and extraordinary exhibits, South Haven combines natural beauty with fascinating history. Take a picture at sunset framed by the pier, sand dunes and the colorful horizon, or climb up the sand dunes and watch the sun disappear below the lake. Hike or bike along the Kal-Haven trail at any season to take a tour of Michigan’s natural splendor.
Muskegon Heritage Museum


Near the top of the West Michigan Pike, Muskegon is combines adventure, relaxation, history and art. For those seeking adventure, the water and thrill park Michigan’s Adventure is the place to be in the summertime, while the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is a must-see winter vacation destination. A dozen sugar sand beaches give you a wide selection to find the perfect place for your towel and umbrella. Take a tour of culture and history with a visit to the Muskegon Museum of Art, Heritage Museum, Fire Barn Museum and many other historic landmarks.
Grand Haven Trolly

Grand Haven

Located near the middle of the West Michigan Pike, Grand Haven is a great place to put on your vacation map no matter which direction you’re heading. Get some sun, take a stroll, have a swim, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at any of Grand Haven’s many beaches. You can also book a charter fishing tour here, take a leisurely walking tour of the colorful downtown area, or hop on a trolley to get the full view of the city.
North Pier Lighthouse

St. Joseph

At the bottom of the West Michigan Pike is St. Joseph, a lakeside resort town that is perfect for a relaxing summer getaway as well as rustic hiking adventures or even an afternoon beach trip. For outdoor enthusiasts, the area has a variety of hiking, biking, and water trails. If you’re planning a party or a luxurious indoor vacation, the Maker’s Trail will put you on the right path, with a wide selection of local beer, wine and spirits to choose from. Visit the Benton Harbor Arts District and take an Art Hop to specialties from talented local artists.
Silver Lake State Park

Silver Lakes Sand Dunes / Hart

At the top of the West Michigan Pike rests the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and the cozy village of Hart. This town, along with nearby Pentwater and Shelby, are the perfect places to stay when visiting the majestic Silver Lake Sand Dunes. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes give visitors a truly unique outdoor experience, from the off-road vehicle paths across the dunes to the stretches of rolling dunes for hiking and camping. Take a tour with an area expert, rent an off-road vehicle to chart your own course, or head to the quiet side of the park for camping and sunbathing on Lake Michigan.
Windmill Island Gardens Map


Near the middle of the West Michigan Pike, Holland is a great place to add to any vacation plan. The Windmill Island Gardens showcase breathtaking color throughout the spring and summer, with Holland’s famous Dutch tulips appearing for the famous Tulip Time Festival in May. With a leisurely ride on the Holland Princess Victorian-style paddle wheeler, you can get a shoreline tour of the city. With a variety of historic and cultural landmarks and museums, you can learn about the area’s roots and pioneering first families, while enjoying beautiful artwork, historic crafts and unique culture.
Oval Beach

Saugatuck / Douglas

Towards the north side of the West Michigan Pike are the artistic and scenic beach communities of Saugatuck and Douglas. Located across the Kalamazoo Lake from one another, almost every corner of Saugatuck and Douglas has a view of the water. Saugatuck/Douglas is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the nation, Oval Beach. Known for its postcard perfection, Oval Beach is a must-see location for your beach vacation. You’ll also find a flourishing art communities, exceptional shops and restaurants, sand dunes, natural parks, historic landmarks and more.

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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