Michigan Islands, Trails & Dunes Bike Tour


Come discover and explore Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula on this six day bike tour!

Northern Michigan is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and cyclists alike. Boasting hundreds of miles of shoreline around two of our Great Lakes with coastal dunes on the west, State Forests filling the interior landscape, large shimmering inland lakes and streams, and miles and miles of winding backcountry roads to cycle, you will quickly discover why this area has folks adventuring here year after year.


Shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan offers endless opportunities to hike and bike, and it’s rolling hills are spotted with fantastic wineries and farmlands. Whether you prefer hiking excursions, strolling through small towns, lounging on the beach, touring historic sites or enjoy fine dining and wine tastings, Northern Michigan is the perfect destination for your next cycling adventure!


Come “Up North” with us on our Michigan Bike Tour and discover why so many, including Ernest Hemingway, were and are still drawn to Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula.

Tour Highlights

Mackinac Island

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Lighthouse Tours

Shoreline cycling

Lodging Options

Sylvan B&B

Staffords Inn

The Mission Point Hotel on Mackinac Island

Day 1:  Meet the group in Traverse City, Michigan, then shuttle to the start of our cycling adventure in Gaylord, Michigan. From here, we will hop on our bikes and ride north to Mackinaw City. Pedaling along the North Central State Trail, you will travel nearly 60 miles of downhill, car-free riding. There’s really not a better way to begin our Michigan Bicycle Tour! Upon arrival in Mackinaw City, we will have some time to explore before ferrying over to Mackinac (pronounced ‘mack-in-awe’) Island.


Day 2:  Today is all about Mackinac Island. The major draw to Mackinac Island is the absence of vehicles. Residents and visitors may only travel the island by horse, bicycle or on foot. We will spend the day exploring this remarkable vehicle-free island, discovering all the pristine cycling routes and tranquil beaches it holds. You will also have time to explore some on your own in the evening, and really experience the island for yourself.

**If you are planning on bringing & riding your personal electric assist bike, please note that electric bikes are not permitted on Mackinac Island. Please call Wilderness Voyageurs to arrange a rental bike to use for cycling Mackinac Island.


Day 3: To say ‘hello’, one must start by saying ‘goodbye’ .. so we bid farewell to Mackinac Island today. After a ferry ride back to Mackinaw City, we will hop on our bike saddles and pedal along the shoreline of Lake Michigan to Petosky, Michigan. Riding on quiet country roads along the shore, we will ride through Wilderness State Park where you have the opportunity to take a break from those bike saddles once again to stretch your legs on a short nature hike. We will also ride past Pond Hill Farm, where we recommend stopping for a drink, or two. They have a vineyard and a brewery on site!


Day 4: The morning begins with a shuttle to Traverse City, Michigan. Todays route will take us from Traverse City to Glen Arbor, ending up at Sleeping Bear Dunes. You will pedal on the Traverse Area Rec Trail for a few miles out of town, and then ride the Leelanau Trail for 17 miles up to Sutton’s Bay. We will stop for a while for a chance to explore the bay, then hop back on our bikes headed for Glen Arbor.


Day 5: Pedal right out of last night’s lodging, and head for Sleeping Bear Dunes. You will be riding around the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore today. Shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, this narrow lakeshore area offers 35 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and a few inland lakes and streams to explore as well as the dune area. Standing roughly 400 feet above Lake Michigan, you will have the opportunity to try the “Dune Climb” if you’re up for it.


Day 6: Today you will be riding south out of Glen Arbor to Beulah. Riding along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, your ride today will include three different trails: The Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail, the Betsie Valley Trailway & The MI Northern Railway Trail. We will also have time to tour another lighthouse today, the Point Betsie Lighthouse. We will enjoy a final lunch together, before shuttling back to Traverse City for our final departures.

“Everything about the trip exceeded my already high expectations. This was not the first Wilderness Voyageurs trip for everyone, and I can certainly understand why. I know I want to come back!”

~J. Howell, New Jersey

Trip Information


Trip Length - Days

Tour Type
Road & Trail Bike
Tour Rating
New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour Elevation
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Daily Mileage

Check In Location
Traverse City, Michigan
Michigan Cycling Tour Area Map from Wilderness Voyageurs Bike Tours
Tour Area
SAG Vehicle New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Support & Gear Vehicle

Minimum Age


5 Breakfasts | 5 Lunches | 2 Dinners

  • PP Double Occupancy

  • Single Supplement*

  • Bike Rental


*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.


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