The Perfect Summer Trip

When the long months of summer stretch out before you, there’s no better way to live them to the fullest than by taking a little vacation. No need to leave the country to see something that you’ve never seen before – just take a road trip around Northern Michigan. Mountains, rivers, lakes and forests fill the state, along with a history and culture that you won’t forget. See it up close with these three road trip routes.

Lake Charlevoix Circle

The road around historic Lake Charlevoix features plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy, no matter what their interest is. As you drive around Boyne City Road, you’ll catch sight of the waterfront, drive through Young State Park, and see the nature that Michigan is famed for up close. Keep your camera on you and be open to adventure – you never know when a visit to the park or a restaurant will lead to the next great picture!

C-48 From Atwood to Boyne City

As the sister of the M-119, C48 is just as beautiful as its famed Tunnel of Trees, while also blissfully secluded. As you’re travelling, keep your eye out for the Malpass Family Nature Preserve along St. Clair Lake, and the Beach House Restaurant by Deer Lake. This trail lets you support small businesses that populate Northern Michigan as well as witness its natural beauty up front.

M-119’s Tunnel of Trees

Known for its amazing fall color, you can drive this scenic Northern Michigan route and enjoy its beauty all year long. As you head west from Petoskey State Park, make sure to stop by some of the sightseeing opportunities scattered throughout, such as Petoskey Brewing, the Little Traverse Historical Museum, and Bear River. Need a place to stay? Finish off your driving trip with a stop at Bay Harbor.

Part of the fun of a road trip is discovering new and exciting things together. The long months of summer are perfect for that, and there’s no more perfect place to finish your road trip than at Bay Harbor. This coastal town has everything that you need for the perfect vacation, from trails to wander to a bustling downtown. Fish on Lake Michigan, relax on the beach, or kick back and enjoy each other’s company.

Located right in the heart of the action is Bay Harbor, a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

The coolest thing about this place is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the day does. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. For those who want to visit and explore the possibility of ownership and membership, two outstanding hotel options are available within Bay Harbor. Check out the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Bay Harbor Village Hotel and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s not too late to plan your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.