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Traverse City

Traverse City

Traverse City is a special place, a place we return to time and time again. For others, it's your first time heading up north to discover all the region has to offer. Whether you choose to visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes, take a scenic drive to see the cherry blossoms, play outdoors, or take a lighthouse tour, you will find that spring serves up plenty of adventures.

This page is full of ideas for exploration, from the best spots for an afternoon hike to the incredible wineries of the Traverse Wine Coast. Find information about our restaurants, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, lodging options and itineraries. You can also find ideas for how to venture beyond the city and find the hidden gems of Antrim, Benzie, and Leelanau Counties.

This year looks a little different for travelers, but rest assured Traverse City hotels, restaurants, and local businesses have plenty of safe ways for you to enjoy your visit. No matter how you choose to spend your vacation, you'll find you're in a pretty great place.

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Stay Safe in Traverse City

Are you thinking about visiting soon? If so, it's likely you are wondering what COVID-19 requirements are in place. Traverse City and the surrounding regions are following local, state and federal guidelines to ensure safety, health and peace of mind. Take a couple of minutes to learn what a trip to TC can look like for you.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Are there mountains in northern Michigan? You bet! We refer to them as "mountains of sand" otherwise known as the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A year-round attraction, it is a special place where time slows down and where you can connect with each other.

Cherry Blossoms
The cherry orchards will soon be blossoming. If you've never seen several million cherry trees all flowering at once, you need to get up here and take a look! Flowers start to appear in May and they tend to peak around the middle of the month.
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Choose from 17 championship courses and get ready to hit the links!

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Wine Tasting
Welcome to the Traverse Wine Coast! Located on the 45th parallel, our wine country boasts two unique peninsulas with a fantastic diversity of tasting rooms and wineries. All of the tasting rooms offer unique experiences and are relaxed, friendly, and fun!
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What's a vacation without your best friend? The same natural attractions that make the area a popular place for outdoor recreation - miles of trails, open spaces and long beaches - make it popular for canine adventurers.
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Fly Into Traverse City

Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport is a full-service commercial airport offering major airline service to over 300 domestic and international destinations. Find nonstop flights from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Air Lines, Elite Airways and Allegiant.

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Leelanau Trail
The Leelanau Trail has been designated as a Pure Michigan Trail.
No salt, no sharks and incredibly blue water! With miles of Lake Michigan coastline to explore, from Benzie County to Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Antrim Counties, northern Michigan's beach options are endless.
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There's no place like northern Michigan. Up here, you can discover the shops, restaurants, and historical sites of downtown Traverse City. Sip a glass of wine on the Leelanau Peninsula. Wander a wooded trail in Antrim County. Paddle your way through Benzie to Lake Michigan's shore.
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Whether you prefer elegant dining at a waterfront restaurant, grabbing take out for a picnic at Lake Michigan, or sitting outside on a patio, Traverse City's restaurants will never fail to satisfy your inner-foodie.
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