West Michigan Pike
Attractions

Every city, village and town along the West Michigan Pike hosts unique attractions, from cultural curiosities and hidden histories to wildlife wonders and alluring artistry. You can plan your beach vacation, camping trip, family getaway or an afternoon excursion in detail to see a variety of these interesting Michigan attractions, or make an uncharted exploration to see what interesting locations come your way. Whether you’re interested in the area’s history, artistry and culture, outdoor splendor and natural wonders, or exciting activities and new innovations, you’ll find a wide collection of attractions waiting for you.

North Pier Lighthouse

St. Joseph

St. Joseph has attractions and activities for all types of visitors with any interests or passions. With wide open acres of parklands on the lakeshore, you can find the ideal place to camp, hike, swim, sunbath and satisfy your love of the outdoors. If you’re looking for indoor activities, St. Joseph brings you a range of options, including the Maker’s Trail to thrill your tastebuds, the Benton Harbor Arts District to bring art to your heart and your soul, and the Silver Beach Center, with six fun attractions perfect for families. Visit the U-Pick Farms and Farm Market to choose from over 60 pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, including all types of Michigan’s favorite cherries, apples, blueberries and much more.
Silver Lake State Park

Silver Lakes Sand Dunes / Hart

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are among the most famous natural wonders in Michigan. As one of the widest expanses of dune habitat, this area is truly unique, not only in Michigan, but across the nation. When you climb the towering sand dunes on the edge of Lake Michigan, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a completely new, and unexplored frontier. At the top of the dunes you can take in the full horizon and enjoy the magic of the lake and the sun. This isn’t the only picturesque location, either; climb to the top of Little Sable Point Lighthouse for a view of the lake unlike any other. Once you’ve witnessed the lakeshore vista, head inland to take a trip on the 22 mile long trail from Hart to Montague, and go deep into Michigan’s beloved forests.
Muskegon Heritage Museum

Muskegon

Muskegon combines art, history, culture, nature and adventure across a wide range of fascinating attractions. To learn more about Michigan’s rich nautical history, bygone eras, and the heroic, turbulent times that have helped to make Michigan shine, visit one of Muskegon’s many museums, including the Fire Barn Museum, Hackley & Hume Historic Site, Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon Heritage Museum, Submarine Museum or the Veteran’s Museum. To add some color and vibrancy to your life, visit the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts or the Muskegon Museum of Art. For outdoor adventure or a relaxing afternoon with a book, visit one of Muskegon’s many sunny beaches and parks. For family fun and thrills, ride a roller-coaster or slip down a water slide at Michigan’s Adventure amusement park and water park.
Grand Haven Trolly

Grand Haven

Grand Haven is known for its beautiful beaches and breathtaking sights, as well as its interesting history and exciting activities. If you’re looking for scenic photo spots, you’ll find a number of unique attractions to create magical and memorable mementoes of your vacation. The 2.5 mile beachside boardwalk and pier create the perfect backdrop for your postcard-worthy photo, especially at sunset and sunrise, with sailboats drifting across the colorful horizon. Visit the world’s largest musical fountain in the evening to see the dancing waters light up in brilliant color. Take a trolley tour through the historic downtown district, take a fishing tour, or visit the Tri-Cities Historical Museum to learn more about Grand Haven as it is and as it once was.
South Haven Kal Haven Trail Biking Map

South Haven

You can experience Michigan’s history and heritage as well as the natural beauty and elegance of the landscape in South Haven. The Michigan Maritime Museum takes you on a tour of the nautical past with historic replicas and detailed showpieces. The Michigan Flywheelers Museum highlights Michigan’s agricultural roots, showcasing antique tractors and farm history. At the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum and National Historic Site, you can learn about horticulture, and how many of Michigan’s plants, trees, and crops are cultivated, named and researched. Take this information with you on the Kal-Haven trail, a 34-mile trail from South Haven to Kalamazoo. Or, drop in a kayak on the Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail and take a closer look at the endless varieties of trees, flowers, plants, and all types of wildlife.
Oval Beach

Saugatuck / Douglas

Saugatuck/Douglas is known for its award-winning beaches as well as its flourishing artistic community. Home to Oval Beach, one of the most famous and magnificent beaches in Michigan, Saugatuck and Douglas’s beauty extends far beyond the shoreline. This area is also home to the Ox-Bow School of Art, where many talented painters, sculpture artists, sketch artists, photographers and many more have honed their crafts. In the downtown areas you can see many of these artists’ works, often inspired by the nautical history and compelling landscapes throughout Saugatuck/Douglas. You can also uncover the rich history of this area at historical attractions like the Root Beer Barrel, Saugatuck Chain Ferry, Mt. Baldhead Park, Star of Saugatuck and the History Center, one of the best known and most-visited small town museums in the state.
Windmill Island Gardens Map

Holland

Holland is known for its rich Dutch heritage and history, as well as its beautiful scenery. Visitors flock to Holland during the spring Tulip Time Festival to see these vibrant and symbolic flowers bloom. The Windmill Island Gardens are open throughout the spring and summer, with talented landscapers and gardeners creating beautiful displays throughout the seasons. In addition to the colorful gardens, you can also take a walk through history; tour the only authentic, working Dutch windmill in the US, the DeZwann, over 250 year old, take a ride on the hand-painted Dutch carousel and listen to the antique, Amsterdam street organ. The museums, shops and galleries across Holland are filled with history and culture, as well as natural beauty.

From art, history and culture to outdoor exploration and exciting new activities, there’s lots to see and do all across the West Michigan Pike. Each person in your family or group can find something special to them, and everyone can find an attraction or an adventure to enjoy together. Make the full West Michigan Pike trip from the bottom at St. Joseph to the top at Silver Lake, or explore any stretch of the path, and find fascinating locales along the way.

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