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Michigan is a state of the United States. It is a vastly varied state for hitching with individual townships, villages, and municipalities having the legal authority to embrace, or outright ban the activity. The people in Michigan are also varied, but this Midwest winter wonderland has definite 'old country' appeal in most areas.

Detroit (Motown) makes it interesting.

Avoid Jackson and Ionia, they are prison towns. If you try hitching a ride in either town, there is a good chance people will suspect you of being an escaped convict on the run.

The Upper Peninsula has quite a decent reputation.


32.11* Pedestrians soliciting rides or business: No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment or business from the occupant of any vehicle. Michigan Vehicle Code Definitions: 257.55 “Roadway” defined. Sec. 55. “Roadway” means that portion of a highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel.

Due to the exclusion of the term shoulder from the definition of roadway, it is advisable that one stays off the paved portion of the road completely and hitches from the grass or dirt.

Federal Districts

Note:All land regulated by the National Park service prohibits hitchhiking under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 4.31: Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore

4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.

  • Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore

4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.

Law Experiences

"In relation to the legality, we were led to a local police office, where we were presented by the clerk with (and I kid you not) a print off of the Michigan laws documented at:

Digihitch.com, a completely independently run, unofficial website "disclaims any and all responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, reliability, operability, or availability of information or material displayed on this site."[1]

"While digihitch is a very excellent resource and a helpful website, the fact that even a fraction of Michigan's law enforcement officers are basing their entire treatment of hitchhikers around information found on a third party website that has no legal standing says a great deal about this state's interest in providing a just and fair interpretation of the law; hitchhiking unfortunately remaining a huge gray area. In an opposite light, the same clerk offered to personally drive us to the city limit, showing just how confusing and scatter-shot hitchhiking in Michigan can be, even for law enforcement. All considered I would suggest trying your luck, checking local ordinances where possible, and shooting for long distance rides to avoid the hassle. Happy thumbing!" -The TKL Hitchers


"Tried our luck hitching in Auburn Hills, a city thirty minutes north of Detroit, and were told by a police officer that "all forms of hitchhiking are illegal in the entire state of Michigan". Upon later investigation, we found that the exact law varies from township to township to the extent that you may be picked up quite legally in one town, to be dropped off twenty minutes later in an area where hitching is expressly forbidden by local ordinances. This of course makes Michigan a great state to hitchhike through, but trying to bounce from place to place is not advised; a shame considering Michigan's natural beauty and much more receptive northern neighbors."

"I hitched 75S from Detroit at a local gas station off the interstate. Took about 2 hours, but I got a ride from a trucker... nice fellow. I-75 Rest Areas: I had great luck at 2 rest areas (just bathrooms/info) on I-75 between Bay City and the Mackinac Bridge. I'd imagine all rest areas are good, but I it took me about 5-10 minutes to pick up a several hour ride at each one. Summer would be easier even, but I was there in October 2008." - Anonymous hitchhiker.

"The Upper Peninsula is pretty easy to hitch around, with the exception of the section of I-75 around Kinross. There are several prisons in the area and many signs posted that say not to pick up hitchhikers. The west side has some of the friendliest people I've ever meet. A good place to head west from I-75 is on US-2 (better than going west from M-28) as it has the most traffic westbound." -Yooper hitchhiker

Michigan was an average state to hitchhike in. People were generally apathetic to my presence with the exception of one U.S. customs officer who wanted to try to enforce fake laws outside of his jurisdiction. After talking to his supervisor and the chief of U.S. customs in Port Huron, this officer was formally written up. Odds are he won't be trying that again, hah. Thewindandrain (talk) 04:31, 28 October 2012 (CET)

"I started hitchicking betwee the 10 and the 39, west of Detroit. The people there would hardly pick Hitchhickers. I had some chances getting taken by the owner of the gas station next to it, since I had talk to him earlier and he ended up giving me a short ride. I ended up hitchhicking between Warren Ave and the 39, where someone picked me up after asking at a gas station stop. The person dropped me at a gas station between the 39 and the I-75S, where A trucker picked my up short after. It took me around 2-3 hours to get out of Detroit." - Alexandre hitchhiker.