8 days in Traverse City, Petoskey & Sylvania Itinerary

8 days in Traverse City, Petoskey & Sylvania Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Petoskey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sylvania
— 1 night
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Traverse City — 3 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Clinch Park. Explore hidden gems such as Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Music House Museum, stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City, make a trip to Mission Point Lighthouse, and learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Traverse City online tour planner.

Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Traverse City when traveling from Detroit in July, with lows around 59°F. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Petoskey.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums
Side Trip

Petoskey — 3 nights

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Little Traverse Wheelway and Young State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Bear River Valley Recreation Area and Little Traverse Bay Golf Course. Explore Petoskey's surroundings by going to True North Trout (in Boyne City) and Castle Farms (in Charlevoix). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Michigan Beach Park and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Oden State Fish Hatchery.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other 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. August in Petoskey sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Sylvania.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trips

Sylvania — 1 night

Sylvania is a city in Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Indian Creek Zoo.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sylvania itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Sylvania takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Sylvania are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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