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Traverse City: 6-Hour Tour of Sleeping Bear Dunes

1. Traverse City: 6-Hour Tour of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Discover the natural landscape and history of Traverse City on a dune tour. Hike, climb dunes, and enjoy lunch on the shore of Lake Michigan. Learn about the region and see stunning views at Empire Bluffs. Take a short hike, then enjoy lunch on the soft sand beach of Lake Michigan, then head along scenic Pierce Stocking Drive. Stop at Glen Lake, Sleeping Bear, and the observation deck at Lake Michigan, and try to spot old shipwrecks. Try out your dune-climbing skills, or sit back and watch others walk, run, roll or somersault down. Learn about the historic village of Glen Haven where Schooners and Steamships operated in the 1800s. Visit the US life-saving Station where they attempted to save sinking ships. Head back along M-22, known as of the prettiest roads in Northern Michigan.

Michigan Lakeshore, M-22: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

2. Michigan Lakeshore, M-22: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you along the Michigan's M-22 between Manistee and Traverse City to not-to-be-missed points of interest, with fascinating stories, tips and directions along the way. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Taking a scenic drive on Michigan's M-22 is a delightful journey filled with outstanding views and unique landscapes, including the incredible Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Major Highlights: Sleeping Bear Dunes - Dune Climb Sleeping Bear Dunes - Pierce Stocking Drive Arcadia Marsh Preserve Inspiration Point Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Leelanau State Park Leland Fishtown Point Betsie Lighthouse Traverse City Whaleback Natural Area Includes: Michigan Lakeshore, M-22 Audio Driving Tour (Manistee to/from Traverse City) M-22 is a designated state highway that runs along the northwest coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, hugging the shoreline of Lake Michigan and weaving through small towns with tons of personality. This tour takes advantage of bonus lakeside driving, by following all the way around the Leelanau Peninsula. An outstanding location and highlight for every visitor is Sleeping Bear Dunes. This unique area protects and provides access to massive dunes that overlook excellent lake views. If you need to climb down a dune, and then climb back up again - the Climbing Dune is that place! At Sleeping Bear you should visit the ghost town, Glen Haven, and do take yourself on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive loop. You’ll enjoy super views, including some of the very best dune experiences. You will be traveling through some of the best fruit growing areas in the country. That means terrific fruit – especially Michigan’s famous cherries. That fruit extends to grapes, and that means wineries (and cideries) to visit. Be ready to snack and feast, and taste local beverages and sweet pie treats. Along your road trip, you’ll visit many terrific scenic views and interesting towns. You’ll have the option to take hikes, long and short, and visit some pretty lighthouses that speak to the lake’s maritime history. At just about any time of year, there is something magical to enjoy and you'll hear many stories of past and present woven into the journey. This tour is to designed in to be driven in either direction, from Manistee to Traverse City, or in reverse - the choice is yours.

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based on 8 reviews

This was a last minute add on to our day, and I'm SO glad we did it! We only had one full day to devote to Traverse City, and our guide was absolutely wonderful, showing us different sides of the city, hidden gems, and local favorites. We were able to see spots we wanted to then go back and experience more. Now I want to do this in every city we visit!! Super fun and a great way to experience a new city.

Cyclist was engaging, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and could answer all our questions. Overall a very pleasant and worthwhile experience.

Matt gives a lot of history about the area with plenty of time to get great pictures.

The tour guide, Matt, was very knowledgeable and personable.