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Day Trips

Some of northern Michigan’s most popular attractions are within a short drive of the Petoskey Area. During your stay with us, you’ll want to leave some time to visit them, too.

Mackinac Bridge
“Big Mac” is the 4th longest suspension bridge in the world. Stretching five miles over the Straits of Mackinac, it connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan and unites the communities of Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. A drive across the “Mighty Mac” should be done at least once.

Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Island
This historic, renowned destination where no cars are allowed is about a 16-minute ferry ride from either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Take a horse-drawn carriage tour or ride a bike 8.3 miles around the island on M-185. Visit Arch Rock, Point Lookout, and other attractions. Be sure to take home some world-famous Mackinac Island fudge.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac State Historic Parks
35 miles from Petoskey in Mackinaw City is Fort Michilimackinac. This replica of a 1714 fort features musket firings, a French dance and a mock French wedding. Only 4 miles away is Historic Mill Creek Discovery Center, an operating water-powered sawmill built in the 1780s. From Mackinaw City, take the ferry to Mackinac Island and visit Fort Mackinac. It is a National Historic Landmark built during the American Revolution and features battle reenactments in period dress.

Mackinac State Historic Parks

Sleeping Bear Dunes
One of America’s most beautiful landscapes, this National Lakeshore is a 64-mile curve of sweeping vistas, freshwater beaches, and wilderness islands. Climb majestic sand dunes and take in spectacular panoramas.

Sleeping Bear Dunes


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