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America's Best Fall Color Drives

America's Best Fall Color Drives: Michigan's Gold Coast

Courtesy of Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Michigan's Gold Coast

Starting Point: Traverse City

The Route: 100 miles.

What to Expect: Lake Michigan’s northeastern shores have charming coves, towering sand dunes, and tiny fishing towns. Drive along Grand Traverse Bay, where, in the fall, fiery-hued maple and oak leaves stand out against green pine, fir, and spruce trees.

Where to Stop: The lakeside villages of Peshawbestown, Omena, and Northport; Inspiration Point, for views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands; the 19th-century Grand Traverse Lighthouse; Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Don’t Miss: Visit Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm, in Northport, to pick apples from among 250 heirloom varieties.

—Bree Sposato


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