Interstate 75 runs north/south from Michigan to Florida, crossing through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia along the way. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the swamps of Alligator Alley and everything in between, I-75 is an ideal route for your next road trip.

Stay in our favorite small towns along I-75 to enjoy fun, history and local flavor.

St. Ignace, MI

St. Ignace LighthouseSt. Ignace is the best place to stay if you want to enjoy the shores of Lake Michigan. This quaint town is the perfect departure point for Mackinac Island, but also offers plenty to see and do on the mainland. You could climb the popular Castle Rock, go parasailing, shop and dine, or explore local museums. St. Ignace is also a stop on our Experience Lake Michigan Road Trip.

Bay City, MI

Bay City is a great town to stop in when you’re traveling on I-75. Enjoy free things to do like the Saginaw Riverwalk, the Veterans Memorial Park and more. Plus, the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum is a wonderful attraction for all ages. Don’t forget a morning or evening walk along the Bay City beach.

Map of I-75 From Michigan to FloridaFindlay, OH

Findlay is our favorite small town in Ohio to visit along Interstate 75, whether stopping for lunch or overnight. Explore the incredible Barn Quilt Trail, drive the Old Mill Stream Scenic Byway, or enjoy browsing the boutiques and restaurants in Downtown Findlay. This small town just off of I-75 offers a true Midwestern experience!

Williamsburg, KY

Williamsburg is an ideal stop when traveling on Interstate 75, because it offers great options for nature lovers, history buffs and families alike. The spectacular Cumberland Falls State Park is the best place to visit, where visitors find an awe-inspiring waterfall called “the Niagara of the South”. Williamsburg, Kentucky also offers battlefields, museums, parks, and the original Kentucky Fried Chicken (in nearby Corbin, KY).

Sweetwater, TN

Railroad tracks in Sweetwater

“Sweetwater-tennessee-tracks1” by Brian Stansberry – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons.

The historic town of Sweetwater, Tennessee is easily one of our favorite stops along I-75. Stroll the streets of Downtown Sweetwater, where you’ll find wonderful shops, antique stores and local restaurants. If you arrive in town on a Saturday or Sunday, visit the free Sweetwater Heritage Museum for a glimpse into the history of this sweet town.

Tifton, GA

Families, couples and solo travelers alike will love the attractions in Tifton, from pick-your-own peaches, berries and tomatoes, and popular parks and shopping areas, to the town’s museums and performing arts center. Tifton is one of the friendliest towns along I-75, making it the perfect pit stop on your road trip.

Bonita Springs, FL

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“Bonita Bay Sunset” by  Jim09091 Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

I-75 runs right along the Gulf Coast of Florida from Tampa to Naples, but you can avoid the bigger cities and larger crowds by stopping in beautiful Bonita Springs. It’s true, there are great shops and restaurants here, but of course the highlight of this town is the beach! We recommend Bonita Beach or Lover’s Key State Park for your trip on I-75.

Bonus: Alligator Alley, FL
Finish off your trip down I-75 by taking the final leg of the interstate, which runs West/East across the southern part of the Sunshine State. You’ll be driving on the famous Alligator Alley, just skirting the northern edge of Everglades National Park. This section is a must-drive part of I-75!