Silver Lake State Park, Michigan
Distance from Detroit: 235 miles Northwest; 3.5-hour drive
Why it made our list: Camping, sand dunes, miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Silver Lake State park is another fine place to get your Great Lakes beach fix, and if you have your truck, Jeep, ATV, or dirt bike, it’s also not a bad place to tool around for a while. Additionally, Ludington’s not too far North, and that means more beach, more boats, more water fun.
Pro tip: Rent a dune buggy. How often do you get to rent a dune buggy?