America's Best Fall Color Drives
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 200 heirloom varieties.