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Days Four and Five: Leelanau State Park to Wilderness State Park (135 Miles)
Head north of Traverse City along the shores of the lake on Route 31 and stop to grab lunch in the resort town of Charlevoix at the Acorn Café (231.547.1835). Then continue north through Petoskey to the small town of Harbor Springs. This is the start of one of the prettiest drives in the entire state. Follow Route 119 to Cross Village and you'll be twisting and turning atop a lakeshore bluff where the trees arch over the road to form a tunnel. Be on the lookout for wild turkeys, grouse, and deer.

In Sturgeon Bay, you can stop to windsurf or continue north to Wilderness State Park (231.436.5381; www.michigandnr.com). One of the largest parks in Michigan, Wilderness boasts more than 26 miles of shoreline and two large campgrounds with 250 sites. The Lakeshore Campground has several sites right along the water, while the Pines Campground features shade and privacy.

On Day Five, relax and enjoy everything this park has to offer. This includes more that 12 miles of trail, viewing the endangered piping plover, or simply throwing out the line and catching walleye.

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Best Hotels in Traverse City

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Cambria Suites Traverse City
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Grand Beach Resort
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Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City

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