One Tank Trip - Northwest Michigan
Traverse City is True North. Voted “One of the 10 Best Small Towns in America” by Fodor's, it’s a four-season destination that combines breathtaking natural attractions with a rich blend of adventure and relaxation. Climb to the top of Sleeping Bear Dunes, voted “The Most Beautiful Place in America” according to Good Morning America viewers. The glistening waters of Lake Michigan make a stunning backdrop to one of USA Today's “Ten Best Great Coastal Drives.” According to Bon Appetit, Traverse City is one of “America's Five Top Foodie Towns,” offering the region’s best restaurants. Draft Magazine raves that “TC” is one of the “Top Three Emerging Beer Towns in the USA” with its microbreweries and distilleries. USA Today named Traverse City “One of the Top 10 Places to Enjoy Local Wines” with its Leelanau Peninsula Vintner’s Association and Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula wine trails. And don’t forget the acres and acres of cherry orchards that are celebrated at the National Cherry Festival.
Surrounded by four bodies of water, the beaches, boating and scenery of Charlevoix are unmatched. Delight in Earl Young's one-of-a-kind architecture creatively known as Gnome Homes, Mushroom Houses or Hobbit Houses. Take a self-guided tour of Castle Farms’ gardens and have fun watching one of the largest working model railroads in Michigan. Taste the local offerings at farm markets and award winning restaurants. Enjoy a drink overlooking Pine River Channel and watch the downtown drawbridge open for large pleasure craft. Only a 15 minute jaunt, boat to Beaver Island 32 miles off the coast of Charlevoix for golf, beaches, hiking and biking.
Further north along the shore Petoskey, a Victorian resort town, has been named “One of the Top 20 Places to Visit” by Smithsonian magazine and includes the famous Gaslight Shopping District. The Bay View Association is a step back in time with 500 elegant Victorian homes and public buildings on the National Historic Register. Trace the path of young Ernest Hemingway who spent his summers in northern Michigan. Tee off on world-class golf courses. Stroll the beaches for souvenir Petoskey stones and close the day watching a “million dollar sunset.” Afterward look in awe at the night sky awash in stars visible from Headlands International Dark Sky Park, only one of ten in the world!
Nestled along the deepest harbor in the Great Lakes, Harbor Spring’s quaint waterfront community invites you to explore an array of art galleries and enjoy its culinary offerings. It’s also the starting point of the iconic stretch of M-119 known as the “Tunnel of Trees,” a stunning drive along bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.