Visit Traverse City--Cherry Capital of Northern Michigan

Named one of America's Top 10 Beach Towns by Fodor's Travel Guides, Traverse City is Michigan's favorite northern travel destination. It has something for everyone, no matter what the season. At just over 15,000 people, it has a small town feel with large town advantages. Miles and miles of sugar sand beaches along Lake Michigan, exhilarating outdoor activities, and award-winning wineries make Traverse City the place to be! The food scene in Traverse City is gaining national attention, in part to recognition by Bon Appetit magazine and Chef Mario Batali, who has a summer home in Traverse City.

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Traverse City Beaches

Over 180 miles of shoreline await you on Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. Traverse City locals and visitors enjoy water that is clear blue, clean, and FRESH! None of that pesky salt water to dry out your skin. You'll feel refreshed and relaxed after your swim...and with all this space, you'll avoid the crowds and have your own special spot on the beach. Build a sand castle, soak up some sun, and feel the stress leave your body.

Wine Country

The Traverse City and Leelanau Peninsula area is home to 34 wineries, many of which offer tours and wine tasting, and they're all within miles of each other. The steep slopes that hold moisture and the climate that is unique to this region are perfect for producing some of the best wines in the country.

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Outdoor Activities in the Traverse City Area

If you like to hit the links, Traverse City golf championship courses will become your favorite places to play. With designs by such famous players as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tom Weiskopf, you'll find these courses both beautiful and challenging. Pamper yourself with a visit to one of Traverse City's premier spas, visit a museum or lighthouse, or try your luck at a local casino. For just $10, watch a Traverse City Beach Bums baseball game in Wuerfel Park, which resembles a hotel more than a ballpark. Kids will love the waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge...and one place you won't want to miss is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where you can climb a high dune and enjoy breathtaking vistas of Lake Michigan. During the winter, anything you can do on the snow...you can do in Traverse City! Snowshoeing, cross country & downhill skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating...there's no better way to survive the cold than to immerse yourself in it and have fun!

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Traverse City Festivals & Events

Any season--any time--Traverse City is where you want to be. We have listed our area events in our festivals & events story so you can see at a glance what's happening when. There's always something fun going on, no matter what time of year. You'll never be bored in Traverse City!

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Lodging & Restaurants in Traverse City

When it's time to retire for the evening,Traverse City has the most wonderful variety of accommodations. Hotels and motels, bed & breakfasts, cabins and resorts, condominiums and vacation rentals are available in all styles and price ranges. You certainly won't go hungry in Traverse City--their distinctive cuisine will both surprise and delight you. Fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables are showcased in delicious entrees and desserts. Tantalize your taste buds with a glass of wine produced from area vineyards. Whether you stop into a cafe, bistro, or elegant restaurant, you will not be disappointed.

Whether you're looking for a private couples getaway or a family vacation, set your GPS north to Traverse City, Michigan, the Cherry Capital of the World.

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