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Outdoor Traverse City

National Park
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Home to forests, dunes, beaches, and even some glacial formations, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a stretch of Lake Michigan’s pri
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Boat Tours & Water Sports , Traverse City
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Nauti-Cat Cruises , Traverse City
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The Nauti-Cat was built in 1988 by custom fabricator William Hartzog in Houston, Texas. At 47' long, 29' wide, and almost 50 tons displacemen
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Duration: 5 hours
E-bikes make light work and add a load of fun! Our professionally-led guided tour includes stops along the spectacular Leelanau bike trail where you'll learn about local history, wildflower identification, wineries, and more. Views of Grand Traverse Bay, picturesque farms, vineyards, and visits to two nature preserves along the trail make this one the region's most popular paved bike and pedestrian-only trails.A picnic of delicious local food and drinks is included. Although the guided tour is 5 hours, guests are welcome to keep their bikes the entire day. Distance total: 34 miles round-trip.
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The Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800’s “coasting” cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocea
Biking Trail
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Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails, Inc. was founded in 1998 to consolidate local trail groups and advocate for more t

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Where to stay in Traverse City

Most accommodations in Traverse City lie near the waters of Grand Traverse Bay. The West Arm of the bay is closer to businesses and services in and around downtown. The portion of Traverse City on the East Arm of the bay remains quieter. Both areas offer hotels and bed and breakfasts with convenient access to the beach. Many visitors opt to stay in vacation rentals, including lakeside cottages and houses, which you'll also find here.
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