Silver Lake Dunes, Michigan
With so many places on this list falling to only a few states, it’s imperative to look outside the Colorado/Utah/California four-by-four haven.
They’re popular for a reason, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find incredible off-roading elsewhere.
Take the Silver Lake Dunes on the western shore of Michigan, for example. Mountain views are great, but there’s nothing quite like cresting Test Hill — named for being the biggest in the park — because you can see for miles. It doesn’t hurt that the sand is sandwiched between Lake Michigan and the relatively pond-sized body of water it’s named after.
Beware: your vehicle needs a dune flag to enter. Attaching it is up to you.