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Traverse CityUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Traverse City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
West Bay Beach-A Delamar Resort
West Bay Beach-A Delamar Resort
3 out of 5
615 E Front Street, Traverse City, MI
The price is $162 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Traverse City hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Traverse Bay and Front Street. Clinch Park Beach and Lake Michigan ...

4.1/5Very Good! (947 reviews)

"We had the best experience ever! The beach literally next door and the staff is amazing!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

West Bay Beach-A Delamar Resort
ParkShore Resort
ParkShore Resort
2 out of 5
1401 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI
The price is $120 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City hotel is just steps from Traverse City State Park and Grand Traverse Bay. Front Street is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (949 reviews)

"The rooms and staff were both nice. Two things... the internal lighting in the room was awful. This seems to be the norm for hotels lately and I don't understand why. We turned on all the lights and the whole room was still pretty dark. Almost impossible to put makeup on. Second - and this is not ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

ParkShore Resort
Grand Beach Resort Hotel
Grand Beach Resort Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1683 US 31 N, Traverse City, MI
The price is $125 per night

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.

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,372 reviews)

"Wonderful!!! Location, customer service and room were all top notch. We would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Grand Beach Resort Hotel

Popular places to visit in Traverse City

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

5/5(309 reviews)

Spectacular sand dunes loom over the deep blue waters of Lake Michigan at this national park, where the rivers run clear and the forest rings with birdcalls. 

Grand Traverse Bay
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Grand Traverse Bay

4.5/5(685 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Grand Traverse Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in Traverse City. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its wineries.

Crystal Mountain
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Crystal Mountain

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Crystal Mountain, a top ski area in Thompsonville. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the area's mountain views.

Front Street
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Front Street

4.5/5(722 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Front Street, a favorite shopping spot in Traverse City. Stroll along this family-friendly area's beaches, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Clinch Park Beach
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Clinch Park Beach

4.5/5(195 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Clinch Park Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Traverse City. Discover the area's lively festivals, or seek out its local tours.

Glen Lake
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Glen Lake

4.5/5(81 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Glen Lake during your travels in Traverse City.

Top things to do in Traverse City

5 Hour Traverse City Wine Tour: 5 Wineries on Old Mission
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5 Hour Traverse City Wine Tour: 5 Wineries on Old Mission

$59
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan

$10
Per adult
Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Michigan
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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Michigan

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan

$10
Per adult
A different kind of tour! Winery-Brewery-Distillery & Cider
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A different kind of tour! Winery-Brewery-Distillery & Cider

$627
Per adult

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