I am just starting to research a trip up the MI West Coast. There will be 6-8 adults driving from near South Bend IN in mid August. We like interesting, unique scenery, fun things to do (read in forum about dune buggys), local restaurants, hangouts and bars, mostly Comfort Inn/Country Inn & Suites type motels unless there is special lodging that we should try, museums (especially history or military), shopping, gambling. We will have 4 days to make the round trip and don't have a firm route or destination. We would like to stay in one place for the first night or 2 to explore the area, then move further north for the next night or 2. From reading forum posts it sounds like we might consider a stop at Silver Lake State Park, not sure where to stay (maybe Grand Rapids?), then Sleeping Bear SP and stay someplace liike Mackinac City or Mackinac Island (thoughts?). There are lots of blanks to fill in at this point, so if you have suggestions for additional interesting stops along the coast, your ideas are much appreciated.