Traverse City, MI

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Traverse City which includes a sunset, landscape views and a bay or harbor
This Michigan city offers a thriving food and wine scene as well as scenic beaches and beautiful lakes.

Food and wine lovers will enjoy the natural bounty of the Traverse City area while outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do in the dense forests and along the beautiful waterfront pathways.Known as the “Cherry Capital of the World,” Traverse City produces up to 75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States. Many cherry orchards are located near the city and reveal their colorful blossoms in spring. To coincide with the cherry harvest in July, the city hosts the annual National Cherry Festival, which attracts more than half a million visitors.As well as cherry trees, the fertile land of the area is home to many vineyards. Stop at a tasting room and try some locally produced chardonnay or pinot noir, among other varietals. The Traverse City area is situated at the 45th parallel, which is the same as many world-famous wine regions, such as Bordeaux and Côtes du Rhône.Hops are also a popular crop in the region, and beer enthusiasts can enjoy craft brews at local breweries and pubs. The craft brewing and wine scene is matched by a thriving dining scene, and many restaurants and cafés in the city use local produce, such as cherries, apples and mushrooms.To make the most of Traverse City’s beautiful surroundings, it’s a good idea to rent a car. Just a short dive from the city you’ll find spectacular forests, wetlands and beaches. Families will enjoy the quiet surroundings of the Traverse City State Park, where there are opportunities for kayaking, swimming, boating and other water activities. The plunging dunes of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are another local highlight. Here, towering bluffs of sand stand 450 feet (137 meters) over the Lake Michigan shore. Adventurous travelers can even go scuba diving at the Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve, home to several sunken wrecks. If you prefer to keep dry, try teeing off at one of the area’s many golf courses or browse the city’s shops to see local handmade arts and crafts.

Where to stay in Traverse City

The Baywatch Resort
The Baywatch Resort
3 out of 5
1529 US 31 N, Traverse City, MI, 49686
The price is $114 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Traverse City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (913 reviews)
"Staff was exceptionally courteous and friendly."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

Park Place Hotel
Park Place Hotel
3 out of 5
300 E State St, Traverse City, MI, 49684
The price is $172 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 13
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Traverse City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
"It was clean and staff was friendly. Hotel was a little outdated, but good location to downtown."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Grand Beach Resort Hotel
Grand Beach Resort Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1683 US 31 N, Traverse City, MI, 49686
The price is $134 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this beach hotel in Traverse City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,227 reviews)
"Everything was so clean and staff was very polite. It was nice to see staff that cares, cleaning staff was also very friendly!"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Your Hilltop Hideaway ~ Newly-Remodeled!
Your Hilltop Hideaway ~ Newly-Remodeled!
Traverse City, MI
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Traverse City. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (198 reviews)
Weekend stay
"We had a really good experience staying here for the weekend, very clean, quiet and comfortable. John is a fantastic host and very personable!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Pinestead Reef Resort
Pinestead Reef Resort
4 out of 5
1265 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI, 49686
Stay at this 4-star beach apartment in Traverse City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a private beach. Our guests praise the family amenities and the property ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (309 reviews)
Fall in Traverse City
"The only bad thing was the camfire smoke from the state park made it impossible to use the balcony at night."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

✵ Contemporary 2 Bedroom Condo @ Holiday Village ➠ Unit 3891 ✵
✵ Contemporary 2 Bedroom Condo @ Holiday Village ➠ Unit 3891 ✵
Traverse City, MI
Stay at this condo in Traverse City. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Mt. Holiday Ski Area and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Great cozy house.
"Peaceful place to stay, close to the beach, restaurants, and the horse show!"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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