10 days in Traverse City, Petoskey & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

10 days in Traverse City, Petoskey & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Petoskey
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Foot to Mackinaw City, MI, Bus to Alpena, Fly to Raleigh

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Traverse City

— 3 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take a memorable tour with Tours, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and take a leisurely stroll along Boardman River Boardwalk.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Traverse City vacation planner.

Raleigh to Traverse City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Raleigh in June; daily highs in Traverse City reach 76°F and lows reach 54°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Petoskey

— 3 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Petoskey: Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (in Mackinaw City) and Saint Ignace (Mackinac Bridge & Castle Rock). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway, immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park, try your luck at Odawa Casino, and make a trip to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Petoskey trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Petoskey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Petoskey: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
Natural attractions steal the show on an Upper Peninsula vacation. Michigan's sparsely populated northern region is famous for its extensive shoreline along the Great Lakes and thick swathes of protected forest. Many of the region's waterways feature dramatic cascades, and a history of volcanic activity has created a wealth of interesting rock formations and colorful mineral deposits. Wildlife spotting remains a top reason to take a trip to Upper Peninsula, with deer, bears, wolves, and porcupines all easily seen in the area's pristine wilderness.