15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Michigan

5. Petoskey, Michigan

Little Traverse Bay in Downtown Petoskey

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Little Traverse Bay in Downtown Petoskey

Located in Northern Michigan and rich in history, this region was first inhabited by indigenous peoples. Petoskey, originally from the language of the Odawa people, means “where the light shines through the clouds.” Originally purchased by an Odawa chief under the Treaty of Washington, westerners started trickling in during the 1800s, first missionaries, then pioneers. As a fun fact, Petoskey has a high quantity of ‘petoskey stones’, the state stone of Michigan.

Explore the cute downtown attractions or the surrounding areas if you are taking a well-deserved escape from humanity. An excellent destination for nature lovers, spend some time at Petoskey State Park, a great location to camp and found on Little Traverse Bay. Other camping options are Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga oarr Wilderness State Park. Enjoy the chance to get away to a town with such a fascinating history. Offering  waterfront views, great nature opportunities, and a rich history, Petoskey is waiting for your visit.

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