4 days in Traverse City, Petoskey & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

4 days in Traverse City, Petoskey & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Traverse City
— Few hours
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit


Traverse City

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Dennos Museum Center, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City.

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Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Traverse City, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Shopping · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries


Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Mackinaw Bridge Museum, examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., then take an in-depth tour of 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. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway, admire the landmark architecture of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, then do a tasting at Walloon Lake Winery, and finally take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Petoskey trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in July, expect nights in Petoskey to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 25th (Thu), examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, and finally don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!.

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Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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.