Michigan's Gold Coast. Starting Point: Traverse City. The Route: 100 miles. Drive along Grand Traverse Bay. Where to Stop: The lakeside villages of Peshawbestown, Omena, & Northport; Inspiration Point, for views of Lake Michigan & 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.