Traverse City is just minutes away from America’s Most Beautiful Place: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. With virgin pine forests, hidden lakes and 400-foot sand dunes that overlook miles of coastline along Lake Michigan, you don’t want to miss our most famous attraction. But there are so activities and things to do in Traverse City. It’s truly a four-season destination.
Spring & Summer
Tucked between two bays, it’s no surprise this community is a water town. Marinas along West Bay offer boaters a place to launch or dock. Fishing boats, power yachts, sailboats, a tall ship, and even the occasional cruise ship enjoy the protected waters of Grand Traverse Bay. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boarding are also popular ways to enjoy the water. There are sunken ships and more to explore if you’re into freshwater diving or snorkeling. Lighthouses from Frankfort to Old Mission Peninsula offer great photo ops, or kick back, stick your toes in the sand, and read a book or walk along the beach.
Traverse City is a great place to get outdoors. The Traverse Area Recreational Trail (T.A.R.T.) has nearly 60 miles of trails through Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties and is great for running, biking and hiking. From putt-putt and Par 3 to world-class courses, golf in Traverse City is plentiful.
Fall & Winter
Fall color tours cast a different light on our northern Michigan communities. The vineyards are flush with fruit, the farmer markets are filled with the season’s harvest and the pace slows down a bit. Visit in the fall for a wine tour, go shopping, take a scenic drive along M-22, take in a fall festival. A guided tour is a great way to discover and learn about the region. There are history tours, wine tours, brewery tours and even culinary tours in Traverse City.
Sportsmen love the fall as well. Salmon fishing is at its peak in September, and then the hunters come to town. But when the snow flies there’s a whole new reason to live in northern Michigan. Ice and snow sports are a big deal in Traverse City. We are Hockeytown North, the official home of Red Wings Training Camp and the NHL Prospect Camp in September.There’s public ice skating and open hockey year-round here! When the snow flies, skiers and snowboarders head north to hit the slopes at a number of resorts within 35 miles of downtown Traverse City. The Traverse City area is also home to miles of snowmobile trails that treat you to the scenic beauty of the great white north.
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