Serendipity has always been kind to me, and I believe that cultivating the ability to trust serendipity – to follow its compass — is one of the essential travel arts. A journey I took a few years ago to Easter Island provided the perfect example of the gifts that serendipity can sometimes bestow. That journey […]
Hidden away in the center of our nation’s heartland, are soaring sandstone cliffs, shining beaches, serene forests, and steep, sweeping sand dunes. Sided by Lake Superior, our coldest, deepest, largest and most pristine Great Lake, is America’s first National Lakeshore: Pictured Rocks. This journey has you hiking along miles of pristine trail, boating below color-saturated cliffs, watching magnificent sunsets, and sinking your heels into Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.
Meet in Marquette, then hit the road to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, our focal point for the next two days. The day is robust, with a visit to the Marquette Lighthouse Museum, a beachside picnic lunch, and an evening cruise below the Pictured Rocks shoreline. A full day is dedicated to exploring the national lakeshore’s sandstone cliffs, sand dunes, beaches, waterfalls, lakes, and forests on foot.
The Upper Peninsula is next, with highlights of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, a walk to one of the highest waterfalls in the region, crossing over the Mackinac Bridge, Fort Michilimackinac, and a trip around Traverse Bay to the small town of Petoskey. We’ll wake and saddle up for a bike ride to the picturesque and interesting town of Bay View, then drive along Grand Traverse Bay to Traverse City. There, we have time to explore the river town on our own, dine at a local winery, and spend the good part of a day at nearby Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.
After breakfast and a trip north along the Leelanau Peninsula, we fly home from Traverse City.