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Traverse Bay Driving Tour


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Bay View

Tree-lined lanes lead to more than 400 Victorian houses built on terraces in the late 1800s. Gingerbread trims wide pillared porches and fanciful turrets of the town's stately summer homes, all now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Take a stroll along the winding streets to view them.

You can dine or settle in for the night at two longtime lodgings restored to their Victorian elegance: Terrace Inn and Stafford's Bay View Inn.

Drive 4 miles north and another 3 miles west on State-119.

Harbor Springs

Wealthy summer vacationers who arrived by steamship docked at the Victorian community of Harbor Springs across the bay from Petoskey. Today, shoppers browse the specialty stores along the four-block-long Main Street. Just east of Harbor Springs, grand homes with wide verandas in the relaxed community of Wequetonsing (locals call it "Wee-kwee") remind visitors of the graciousness of those summers long ago.

Tour Route

210 miles along the Lake Michigan shore and through century-old resort towns amid northern forests and clear inland lakes.

Area Information

Charlevoix Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Petoskey-Harbor Springs-Boyne Country Visitors Bureau

Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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