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 the lakeshore, play outdoors, or take a lighthouse tour, you will find that summer 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 Benzie, and Leelanau Counties.

Your summer vacation in Traverse City awaits...start planning.


This is Traverse City

It's where a detour from the ordinary always yields a new adventure. Where the road stretches ahead, taking you to endless lakes and rivers, charming downtowns, historic lighthouses, and rolling vineyards. No matter how you explore, you know you're in a pretty great place.

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.

Summer in Traverse City
In the summertime, opportunities for outdoor recreation here are at their peak. Whether you're a hiker or a cyclist, a paddler or an angler -- whether your idea of a good time is playing a round of golf or walking for miles down a beach -- there's always something to do here.

Choose from championship courses and get ready to hit the links!

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!
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.
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. Global service is also offered through hub airport connections in Detroit and Chicago year-round.

airport at night with plane taking off
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 Traverse City to Leelanau and Benzie Counties, northern Michigan's beach options are endless.
There's no place like northern Michigan. Up here, you can discover the shops, restaurants, and historical sites around the regions. Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes on the Leelanau Peninsula. Wander a wooded trail or visit a lighthouse in Benzie County. These adventures, and so many more, are just minutes away from TC.
sunset behind point betsie over the water
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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