4 days in Traverse City, Petoskey & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

4 days in Traverse City, Petoskey & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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4 days in Traverse City, Petoskey & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Detroit
bus + Fly:  3​h
1
Traverse City
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Petoskey
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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Traverse City

Traverse City ©
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Dennos Museum Center, then sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City holiday planner.

Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in July, Traverse City is little chillier at night with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Shopping Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Dennos Museum Center ©
Dennos Museum Center
Cherry Republic of Traverse City ©
Cherry Republic of Traverse City
Grand Traverse Distillery ©
Grand Traverse Distillery

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Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Mackinaw Bridge Museum, examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then take an in-depth tour of Heritage Village at Mackinaw, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway, make a trip to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, then learn about winemaking at Walloon Lake Winery, and finally wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Petoskey travel planning website .

You can drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Traverse City in July: highs in Petoskey hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Museum of Ojibwa Culture, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix
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Mackinaw Bridge Museum ©
Mackinaw Bridge Museum
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then stop by Island House Bike Shop, and finally don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip builder tool .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island in 2.5 hours. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes

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