Big Sabel Point, Ludington State Park, Michigan. At the end of a mile and a half foot trail through the Ludington dunes, you will find a tower and attached keeper's dwelling open to the public. Climb to the top of the 112 foot lighthouse .
Little Sable Point, 1874, Mears, Michigan. 139 steps. Natural brick coloration made tower difficult to see during daylight hours, so it was painted white in 1900 and thereafter until 1977 and then sandblasted.
Little Sable Point Light on Lake Michigan. Located near White Hall, Michigan in Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park. Built in 1874, the 107-foot high tower is known as a 'Poe Lighthouse', after its designer Orlando Poe. [photo: Jason Mrachina]
Starting the journey in Grand Rapids, the drive up the Gold Coast of Lake Michigan is one of the best secret road trips in the U.S. Seemingly endless stretches of pure white-sand beaches and soaring sand dunes and punctuated with quaint little historic towns, lakeside wineries, and lush, hilly landscape. The drive up to Glen Arbor, taking the coastal road, is around 190 miles but will take almost four hours. The perfect distance for a weekend getaway.