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Traverse City

(4.2/5 based on 6,000+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: wineries, shopping, historic sites

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions. While the population is only about 15,000 here, the city and its airport serve as a transportation hub and base for exploring the greater region. In the summer, swimmers, sailors, paddlers, and anglers take to the water, and wine aficionados head to the vineyards and wineries on Old Mission Peninsula. Autumn brings out colorful foliage, and the heavy snow of winter carries with it prime snowmobiling and snowshoeing. A local symphony, playhouse, and collection of museums bring culture to Traverse City, and gourmands can satisfy their taste buds in the town's diverse eateries. When using our United States vacation trip planner, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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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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