Traverse City's Sleeping Bear Dunes -- named the Most Beautiful Place in America by ABC News' Good Morning America. Traverse City, nestled at the head of beautiful crystal-clear Grand Traverse Bay, is a welcoming four-season destination that combines breathtaking natural attractions with a rich blend of adventure and relaxation. Known for its 180 miles of sugar-sand Lake Michigan shoreline and an abundance of inland lakes, beaches, bays and dunes.
Torch Lake is the longest lake (19 miles long) and second largest lake (18,770 acres) in Michigan. It is 17 miles NE of Traverse City and is separated by land from both Grand Traverse Bay on the NW & Elk Lake at the SW end. Its waters are unusually clear & exhibit a bright turquoise hue, resembling Caribbean waters. It has a max depth of 285 ft & an average depth of 111 ft, making it Michigan's deepest inland lake. Its famous sandbar is mentioned in Kid Rock's song All Summer Long. Wikipedia
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Sun, sand and sparkling water attract families to Lake Michigan’s southwest shore towns between New Buffalo and Benton Harbor. Affordable weekend getaways await. http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/michigan/two-day-getaway-on-lake-michigans-shore/