Summer Getaways in Michigan's Little Traverse Bay
Petoskey spotlight: Natural appeal
Outdoorsy attractions around Petoskey make it easy to escape for fresh air and exercise. The 26-mile Little Traverse Wheelway bike path (pictured) links Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs and offers stunning scenery (and no hills!). The best views are south of Petoskey, but head the other way to reach pretty Waterfall Park.
Keep riding north (or hop in your car) to reach the sand beaches of .Petoskey State Park, where teens bake on towels and families play in the waves. A half-hour drive inland, Big Bear Adventures outfits canoe, kayak and raft trips on the brisk Sturgeon River. For bigger rapids, explore the Bear River Valley Recreation Area, a new tree-rimmed white-water course a few blocks from the Gaslight District. You don't have to brave the rushing water to appreciate the sound track it provides for strolls on the walking trails.
Trip guide to Petoskey begins on slide 10.