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A camper on US-123 in Luce County.
Department of Transportation


Every year, millions of people visit our Great Lakes State. Most tourists are in search of outdoor activities, including water recreation, scenery, camping, culinary experiences, and vineyards. Whether you are from out of state or right here in Michigan, MDOT wants to ensure your travel through Michigan is informative, comfortable, and fun. 

So as you travel along, don't forget to stop at one of our friendly welcome centers for travel tips and ideas, modern rest areas for a quick break, or roadside parks for a scenic views.

Know Before You Go!

Check Mi Drive for the most up-to-date construction and traffic information.

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Rest Areas & Welcome Centers

The Michigan Department of Transportation operates and maintains 77 rest areas along major freeways and roadways for the convenience of the traveling public; 14 of these are also Welcome Centers. Rest areas are open 24 hours a day, provide modern restroom facilities, telephones, picnic areas, pet exercise zones, paved parking areas, and fresh drinking water, and are located within an hour's travel time of each other.

Roadside Parks & Scenic Turnouts

Michigan has many great attractions, including roadside parks and scenic turnouts. Explore these hidden treasures located mostly on rural state highway and enjoy the splendor of Michigan.

Pure Michigan Byways

Pure Michigan Byways offer a rich taste of all the grandeur and diversity the Great Lakes State has to offer. Outstanding natural beauty and many sites of historical, scenic, recreational and cultural significance have earned Michigan its place at the top of the list of travel destinations.


Every year, the Michigan Department of Transportation produces an updated version of the state transportation map. The department also produces numerous geographic information system maps to assist commuters, tourists, and businesses.