Total tour distance: 247 miles
Daily tour distance: 41 miles
Difficulty: 10 / 100
We’ve incorporated the quiet roads and pleasurable riding of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) into our popular relaxed tour format. We’ve coupled the route’s gentle terrain and moderate daily distances with convenient luggage transport and scrumptious catering to offer a superb choice for the first-time bicycle tourist as well as the seasoned bike traveler who seeks a more laid-back cycling experience.
Starting at the top of the Lower Peninsula, we’ll shuttle across the Mackinac Bridge and begin pedaling north from the bottom of the U.P. We’ll explore numerous state parks replete with thick forests, wondrous waterfalls, and lakeshore views, as well as visit Whitefish Bay, site of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and Sault Ste. Marie, home of the Soo Locks. We’ll catch a ferry to Mackinac Island and explore this special place where automobiles are noticeably absent. The car may be king in nearby Detroit, but in the U.P., the bicycle reigns supreme. Great Lakes, great parks, and great bicycle touring — they all add up to one great trip.