Northern Michigan is absolutely gorgeous! Join us for a stunning tour, as we bike excellent trails through majestic scenery. This is a trip with water views every single day – streams, bays, rivers, ponds, and of course, the Great Lakes Michigan and Huron. We will meet in Traverse City and explore several trails in the area: the Leelanau Trail and the Heritage Trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Then we head north and bike the North Central Trail from Indian River to Mackinaw City, where we'll spend 2 nights, with views of Lake Huron. One of the tour's highlights is our day on Mackinac Island, where you'll be free to bike the 8-mile loop around the island, look for the best fudge or take in the historical sites on the island. To finish it all off, we'll ride the Little Traverse Wheelway, from Harbor Springs to Petoskey, yet another amazing cycling experience. All trails are paved except the North Central State Trail, which is crushed limestone.
Tour Leaders: Mark and Colleen Troy
- 5 nights lodging
- 2 dinners, 1 lunch, 5 breakfasts
- sag support
- ferry tickets to and from Mackinac Island
- daily happy hour!
Meet riders in Traverse City for our introductory meeting and dinner.
33 miles – Today we will bike right from our hotel on the TART Trail and connect with the Leelanau Trail, biking north to Suttons Bay, where you'll find plenty of lunch options. Either bike back or hop in the van for a lift to the hotel.
25 miles – We van to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to spend the day. Bike the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail or take a van sightseeing tour of the dunes on stunning Lake Michigan. Lunch in Glen Arbor on your own, then we'll regroup and take the short van ride back to our hotel.
35 miles – Today we'll take a van ride up to Indian River and bike the North Central Trail. You'll have gorgeous views as the trail winds along the banks of Mullet Lake and then turns north at Cheboygan. We’ll have a picnic lunch at the Cheboygan trailhead. The ride north from there to Mackinaw City is through pine woods with occasional brief glimpses of Lake Huron. We bike to our night’s lodging which in on the waterfront of Lake Huron.
Optional mileage – We bike and take the ferry for the scenic ride to Mackinac Island. It’s 8.5 miles on the road that circles the island, plus there are other routes that go inland, up and over the island's hilly center. The traffic here is horse drawn, foot traffic, and cyclists. NO CARS!
29 miles – We van over to Harbor Springs to ride the Little Traverse Wheelway along the Lake Michigan shore down to Petoskey, which has a variety of eateries and at least one chocolate shop. We will load bikes at the trailhead by the lake, then after lunch, we hop in the van and drive back to our opening hotel in Traverse City where we will say our goodbyes. It's been a fun tour!
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
This tour’s trails are all paved except for the North Central Trail, which is crushed stone. It is quite smooth and suitable for all bicycles. Larger tires will help to provide more stability, however.
Suggested bicycle: Touring bikes, road bikes, hybrids
Suggested tire size for this tour: 28mm – 37mm (or larger)
$1990 per person (based on double occupancy)
$650 – Single Supplement (extra price to have your own room)
$100 – Bike Rental (helmet, bike bag and lock included)
Your Travel Plans
For this tour we meet people on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm at Hotel Indigo, Traverse City.
The trip ends on Friday, August 6, 2021. We plan to be back at the Traverse City hotel around 3:00 pm. These times can be impacted by traffic issues and so are not guaranteed.
If you are flying, you fly in and out of the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City.
If you are driving, meet us at the hotel. You can leave your car parked here during our tour. There is a $15 per day fee for parking. Please see hotel staff for details.
Your Lodging Plans
Your lodging from Sunday, August 1 through Thursday, August 5 is included. Your night’s lodging on the day the trip ends (Friday, August 6) is not included. That night is at your expense and reservations for that night are your responsibility.