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cycling trip Great Lakes of Michigan Cycling Tour Moderate

Dates: 8/12 - 19, 2017

(8 days, 7 nights; Sat - Sat)


Assembly Point: Traverse City

(airline service to Traverse City, Timberline van shuttle from Airport and back at the conclusing of the tour)

Meeting time: 8/12 - airport 1 pm, hotel 1:30 pm

Drop off time: 8/19 - 5 pm

Tour Cost:$2,960

(includes all lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, van shuttles, van support, park entrance fees, leaders, tour maps & narratives)

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $675

Inn Highlights

  • Weathervane Terrace Hotel
  • Chippewa Hotel Waterfront

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, charming Charlevoix and historic Mackinac Island, and the utter brilliance of northern Michigan—this is a hint of the excitement of our trip this year in Michigan. 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 of 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, throughNorthport 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. Day 5 is a delight! 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 deadly visits to a “killer” 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.


Pre-tour    Arrive, assemble, bike fitting, Orientation dinner


Day 1 Traverse City-Leelanau Peninsula-Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore-Pierce Stocking Scenic Road-Glen Arbor-Leland; overnight at Leland Lodge 54 miles
Day 2

Leland-Northport-Leelanau State Park (Grand Traverse Lighthouse)-Sutton Bay- Traverse City; overnight at West Bay Beach Resort

62 miles
Day 3 Traverse City-Torch Lake-Charlevoix; overnight at the Weathervane

62 miles

Day 4

Charlevoix-Petoskey-Harbor Springs-Mackinac City—Ferry to Mackinac Island. overnight at Chippewa on Mackinac

73 miles
Day 5 Layover day on Mackinac Island  - Hiking, biking and relaxing options      
Day 6 Mackinac Island—ferry to Mackinac City - Boyne City; overnight at Water Street Inn 55 miles
Day 7 Boyne City - Torch Lake - Traverse City 66 miles

Total cycling mileage: 372

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.