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ANother itinerary question

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ANother itinerary question

Ok so after revising somewhat, this is our plan:

Day 1--leave in-laws house in Ashland, WI drive 4 1/2 hours to Munising we gain an hour so it will be 5 1/2 without stops

do pictured rocks boat tour at 3 or 5:00

Day 2--drive to hurricane river (heard you can see some shipwrecks from the beach there?

drive to Mackinac City--explore

Day 3--Mackinac island

ride horses

bike

eat at Fort

Day 4--drive to Crystal Mountain resort

stop in Petoskey, TC, maybe visit a winery,

take the scenic route

Day 5--Sleeping bear dunes

Day 6--tube somewhere down a river hopefully or sleeping bear dunes

drive to Ludington

day 7--Ss badger and drive home to twin cities

Does that sound doable? Any tips? We have 2 dds 9 and 11

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1. Re: ANother itinerary question

Petoskey and Traverse City... plus seeing a winery are too much (In my opinion). Pick one or the other... either Charelevoix and Petoskey or Traverse City. You are going to be overwhelmed... and each is a 1/2 day or 3 hour minimum. As much as I love Charlevoix and Petoskey (and think you could have a great couple of days there), I'd leave Mackinaw, come to the Waters exit, drive across on Mancelona Road to 131... take 131 to Kalkaska and head into TC for the day.... OR take 75 down to Grayling, stop at the State Park where the girls would learn about Lumbering... head across on 72 to TC in the afternoon, have dinner at the Blue Tractor, Ice Cream at Moomers on the way to Crystal Mountain. You can see Sleeping Bear Dunes in a half day... go see Leland for half a day, or stop at one of the inland lakes for a while (the water will be much warmer for the kids to swim).

And why Crystal?

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2. Re: ANother itinerary question

Another Idea... head south on the Tunnel of Trees (which is a gorgeous drive). Stop in Petoskey at the State Park to look for Petoskey Stones... wander around the Gaslight district for a little shopping.... head south through Charlevoix to Traverse City in the afternoon (depending on traffic, this could take you an hour or 3)... stop at some of the roadside parks to walk the lake, relax, stretch your legs, etc. You'll come into Elk Rapids, which has another gorgeous bay park, Acme, and Traverse City state park... stop where the girls want.

You'll get to Traverse City in time to wander around downtown for an hour or so before shops close (which isn't a lot of time, but it will work), have a fabulous dinner at one of a million different options, and head south to Crystal. If you haven't already booked Crystal, I'd look at staying at the homestead, someplace in Traverse or Suttons Bay.

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