It's perhaps the most beautiful region of Michigan, where thousands from around the country come to vacation. The Grand Traverse region encompasses Traverse City, the Leelanau Peninsula, Grand Traverse Bay and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Not only will the scenery amaze you, but there is so much to see and do in this area of Northwest Michigan. Summertime activities include swimming, boating, golfing, or attending a local festival. Autumn is perfect for visiting a winery—with over 35 in close proximity, you can make a day of it! It's a winter wonderland in the Grand Traverse area, where you can snowshoe, ski, snowmobile, and ice skate.
Traverse City is the Largest Community in the Grand Traverse RegionTraverse City has ranked high on various lists--#2 small town travel destination in the United States, top 10 places to retire in the U.S. and among the top 10 winter vacation destinations in the country. This northern gem has been discovered by travel writers everywhere, and you can benefit by planning a trip to the region and enjoying all Traverse City has to offer. Don't miss the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival, featuring the region's best wines and local art, held in late June. A top producer of tart cherries has made Traverse City "The Cherry Capital." Their eight day National Cherry Festival in early July is one of Michigan's premier attractions. Later in July, the Traverse City Film Festival takes place at the downtown State Theater. Founded by filmmaker Michael Moore, it's your chance to catch a documentary, foreign, or short film. Or catch a Traverse City Pit Spitters baseball game at Wuerfel Park. It's a great summertime family activity.
Enjoy Leelanau Peninsula's BeautyOften referred to as the "little finger" of the mitten-shaped state, the Leelanau Peninsula extends out 30 miles into Lake Michigan. To the east you’ll find Grand Traverse Bay, with miles of shoreline and clean, fresh water. The beaches are so plentiful, you’ll never feel crowded and there's nothing more relaxing than lying on the sand and feeling the warmth of the sun on your face. The Traverse City-Leelanau Peninsula region is where you'll find 34 wineries that offer tours and wine tastings. The soil and climate in this part of Michigan are the perfect combination for producing wines that can compete with the best in the country.
Discover the Sleeping Bear Dunes National LakeshoreOnce viewers of Good Morning America designated the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as the most beautiful place in the United States, this national park experienced a high influx of visitors. Only the most ambitious and energetic can attempt to climb the dunes—others can simply choose a lookout point and enjoy breathtaking Lake Michigan views. Located in the westerly section of the Grand Traverse area, you can see the Manitou Islands from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Lodging and Restaurants
While in the Grand Traverse area, you won't have any problem with accommodations. There's such a variety of beautiful resorts, family-friendly hotels and motels, bed & breakfasts, and resorts. There's something to fit your budget and your needs, no matter what season. The distinctive cuisine, especially in Traverse City, guarantees you'll have a meal you will never forget. Whether you choose a bistro, elegant restaurant, or cozy coffee shop, your stomach and wallet will be happy.
When making your vacation plans, choose the Grand Traverse area in Northwest Michigan.
Discover Northwest Michigan...
- M-22 Ends (or Begins) in Grand Traverse County
- Enjoy Local Wines, Art & Music at the Annual Traverse City Wine & Art Festival in June
- Traverse City Opera House
- Viewing the Northern Lights in Northwest Michigan
- Microbreweries of Traverse City
- Visit Traverse City, the Cherry Capital of the World
- Discover the Wineries & Vineyards of Northwest Michigan
- Explore Traverse City's Festivals and Events
- Grand Traverse Region Travel Information
- May Brings Blossom Days to Old Mission Peninsula
- Grand Traverse Region Lake Michigan Water Temperatures
- The Traverse City Parade of Homes Happens Each June
- Take a Shortcut from Traverse City to Green Bay Aboard the Lake Michigan Carferry
- Farmers Markets in the Traverse City area
- Traverse City Beaches
- Visit Grand Traverse County in Northwest Michigan
- Northwestern Michigan Fair Comes to Traverse City Every August
- Annual National Cherry Festival in Traverse City
- Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Michigan
- Traverse City Film Festival Entertains in July & August