Great Lakes of Michigan
Includes all lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, van shuttles, van support, park entrance fees, leaders, tour maps and narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included between airport and Traverse City prior to and following the tour.
Not included: Airline service to Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City; Guide Gratuity.
Airport 3 pm, Hotel 3:30 pm
This trip includes the beautiful rolling hills and windswept dunes of Leelanau, the expansive wooded shoreline of Torch Lake, miles and miles of magnificent beaches along Lake Michigan’s eastern shore and charming Charlevoix and historic Mackinac Island. Set in the northwestern corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, we’ll focus initially on the Leelanau Peninsula, acclaimed as the “cherry capital of the world.” We’ll assemble in Traverse City and ride the quiet country roads on the Peninsula to the shore of Lake Michigan. Mid-day on Day 2, we’ll enter Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and ride the wild, challenging Pierce Stocking Scenic Road up, over and around the dunes. We’re headed for Leland and a night at the Leland Lodge.
We’ll ride to land’s end at the northern tip of the peninsula early morning of Day 3 and visit the historic Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Leelanau State Park. We’ll continue along Grand Traverse Bay, through Northport and Suttons Bay, as we return to Traverse City. Count on ingesting a few calories before leaving Northport, however, because our route just happens to roll past the front door of what we believe to be one of the world’s great bakeries. We’ll trace the eastern shore of Torch Lake on our way to Charlevoix on Day 4, and spend this evening at the Weathervane Inn, with views of both Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix.
On Day 5 we’ll ride from Charlevoix to Petoskey and then trace the Lake Michigan coast through Harbor Springs to tiny Cross Village on what has been labeled as “Michigan’s most scenic road.” Along the way, plan on another of those delectable visits to a quaint bakery in Good Hart and lunch at Leggs in Cross Village. A short ferry ride will carry us across the Straits of Mackinac to Mackinac Island.
We’ll return to the mainland on Day 7 and ride through the heart of Boyne Country to Boyne City on the eastern tip of Lake Charlevoix for a final evening prior to our return to Traverse City.
|Day 1||Arrive, assemble, bike fitting, orientation dinner|
|Day 2||Traverse City-Leelanau Peninsula-Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore-Pierce Stocking Scenic Road-Glen Arbor-Leland; overnight at Leland Lodge||54|
|Day 3||Leland-Northport-Leelanau State Park and Grand Traverse Lighthouse-Sutton Bay- Traverse City||62|
|Day 4||Traverse City-Torch Lake-Charlevoix; overnight at the Weathervane||62|
|Day 5||Charlevoix-Petoskey-Harbor Springs-Mackinac City—Ferry to Mackinac Island. overnight at Chippewa on Mackinac||73|
|Day 6||Layover day on Mackinac Island - Hiking, biking and relaxing options|
|Day 7||Mackinac Island—ferry to Mackinac City - Boyne City||55|
|Day 8||Boyne City - Torch Lake - Traverse City||66|
Total Distance: 372 miles
- Weathervane Terrace Hotel
- Chippewa Hotel Waterfront