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.

Grand Beach Resort Hotel
Grand Beach Resort Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1683 US 31 N, Traverse City, MI
The price is $134 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City hotel is just steps from Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. Front Street is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,378 reviews)
"Hotel was overall clean and conveniently located. I did not give top rating because the door access key was very annoying to operate - typically took 7-10 tries to get it to open the access door."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Grand Beach Resort Hotel
Park Place Hotel
Park Place Hotel
3 out of 5
300 E State St, Traverse City, MI
The price is $192 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in the heart of Traverse City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Traverse Bay and Front Street. Clinch Park Beach and Clinch Park are also ...
4/5Very Good! (960 reviews)
"Park Place is our go to hotel when staying in Traverse City. It's the perfect location, and we've always enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Park Place Hotel
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1773 US 31 N, Traverse City, MI
The price is $134 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City hotel is just steps from Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. Front Street is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.
4.4/5Wonderful! (969 reviews)
"Had a beautiful walk out balcony right on the beach. Jet ski and boat rentals right there!"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Sugar Beach Resort Hotel
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.
Pinestead Reef Resort
Pinestead Reef Resort
4 out of 5
1265 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI
The price is $119 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City apartment building is just steps from Traverse City State Park and Grand Traverse Bay. Front Street is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) ...
4.3/5Excellent! (225 reviews)
"Beautiful property and reasonably priced. Had a separate living, dining, and kitchen from the bedroom. Nice balcony overlooking Beach."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Pinestead Reef Resort
✵ Contemporary 2 Bedroom Condo @ Holiday Village ➠ Unit 3891 ✵
✵ Contemporary 2 Bedroom Condo @ Holiday Village ➠ Unit 3891 ✵
Traverse City, MI
The price is $139 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in Holiday Hills, this historic condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mt. Holiday Ski Area and Grand Traverse Bay. Lake Michigan and Pirate's Cove ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Enjoyed our stay
"We did enjoy our stay and will look at True North properties for future stays. Addressing a few esthetics would make it feel more inviting."

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

✵ Contemporary 2 Bedroom Condo @ Holiday Village ➠ Unit 3891 ✵
Spacious Rooms With Breathtaking Panoramic Views Of The Beach
Spacious Rooms With Breathtaking Panoramic Views Of The Beach
Traverse City, MI
The price is $219 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City condo building is just steps from Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. Front Street is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (80 reviews)
great location, beautiful beach
"this is a great location right on the beach. the property has a heated pool as well. the room was pretty standard like a hotel room but was clean and in good repair. would stay again"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Spacious Rooms With Breathtaking Panoramic Views Of The Beach
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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