Cruising Michigan via EV: 3 Must-Do Road Trips

By Amy S. Eckert for  August 11, 2023

Explore Michigan’s largest city center in Detroit, and trace the edges of the state’s Thumb. Take in the rainbow sherbet glow of a Lake Michigan sunset from Michigan’s charming beach towns, climb a century-old lighthouse and shoot Instagram-worthy pics of the Mackinac Bridge.

You’ll find more than 1,000 EV charging stations across Michigan, with more online every day thanks to a recent investment of more than $20 billion in the clean energy sector. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Planning an EV Road Trip in Michigan, then hit the road for one of these must-do EV road trips.

Road Trip 1: Detroit to Tawas City (310 miles)

Stop #1: Detroit

  • Begin your Michigan EV road trip in the Motor City, where the American automobile was born and where its green alternative is being built today. Overnight at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center located on the city’s Riverwalk with public art, colorful flowerbeds and a Great Lakes-themed carousel. Plug in at the Marriott’s charging station, then explore the downtown sustainably, on foot, via the People Mover or the QLine. Or head to Belle Isle, where you can plug in your EV in the Nature Center parking lot while you hike the island’s trails or visit its lighthouse.
  • Head to Beacon Park for people-watching and dining at Lumen or SavannahBlue, with easy access to EV chargers.

Stop #2: Port Huron

Stop #3: Bay City

Stop #4: Tawas City

  • Drive along Lake Huron, past farmers markets and through fresh pine forests, to Tawas City. Admire the sunrise, skip stones in Tawas Bay, and visit Tawas Point State Park—known as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest”—to see one of Michigan’s iconic lighthouses.
  • Dig into a hearty omelet, a burger or fish ‘n’ chips for breakfast or lunch at Augie’s on the Bay. Salads, burgers, steak and seafood are on the menu at the Boathouse Beer Co. & Boozery. Both restaurants overlook Tawas Bay and lie an easy walk from Shoreline Park, where you can charge up your EV.

Road Trip 2: Holland to Ludington (95 miles)

Stop #1: Holland

Stop #2: Muskegon

Stop #3: Ludington

Road Trip 3: Traverse City to Mackinaw City (105 miles)

Stop #1: Traverse City

  • Travelers love this Lake Michigan resort town known for golden beaches, miles of bike and cross-country trails, and some of Michigan’s finest wines.
  • Overnight at the Park Place Hotel downtown, an easy walk from numerous shopping and dining hotspots as well as ample EV charging stations. Dining favorites in Traverse City include Amical, Red Ginger and the Grand Traverse Pie Company, all near charging stations located downtown and at the Clinch Park beach.

Stop #2: Charlevoix

Stop #3: Mackinaw City