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Outdoor fun and lively nightlife in Traverse City

With its location on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay and proximity to some of northern Michigan's top attractions, Traverse City is a popular travel destination throughout the year. Rightfully touted as The Cherry Capital of the World—the vast majority of the country's cherries come from the Grand Traverse Bay area—and often referred to locally as T.C., Traverse City offers a lovely blend of small-town charm, big-city living and outdoor fun. Visit to explore sandy coastlines, beautiful vineyards and exciting downhill skiing areas


Things to do

Wineries

The 45th Parallel offers the ideal climate for growing grapes, and numerous wineries and vineyards are scattered along the Leelanau Peninsula and Old Mission Peninsula, which are both located north of the city. You can plan your visit in advance, but it's just as fun to hop in the car and head up to one of the peninsulas while popping in at local wineries and tasting rooms along the way.

Old Mission Point Lighthouse

Located at the northernmost point of the Old Mission Peninsula, the Old Mission Point Lighthouse is well worth the short drive. The quaint structure, which was built in 1870, affords beautiful views of Lake Michigan and is a major draw for travelers.

Casinos

Traverse City boasts two state-of-the-art casinos. Leelanau Sands Casino and Turtle Creek Casino are both operated by the Grand Traverse Board of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Between them, there are more than 200 slots and virtually every popular table game you can imagine.


Traveling to Traverse City

Car

The majority of those who come to Traverse City get there by car. US 31, a major north-south freeway, delivers most visitors into the city and pulls double-duty as the town's main business route. A high concentration of Traverse City hotels are located along what is known as “Motel Mile,” which is on U. 31 between 3 Mile and 4 Mile Roads. However, many hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts are spread around the city and the two peninsulas to the north.

Air

Air travelers can fly into Cherry Capitol Airport (TVC), which offers year-round flights to and from Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit. During the summer, flights to and from destinations like New York City, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Denver are sometimes available. More extensive air travel options are available through Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) in Grand Rapids, which is about three hours south.


Climate

Traverse City is located on the 45th Parallel, so temperatures never tend to get excessively high. However, because it's also situated on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay, the city has very interesting, and sometimes severe, weather patterns. Summers tend to be warm but mild, and there's usually a nice, steady breeze to help mitigate whatever heat there happens to be. Winters, on the other hand, can be extreme. Lake-effect snowfall blankets the city, and can begin in November and continue through April. The average annual snowfall is around 80 inches, which explains why the local ski hills get so much action.


Yearly events

The city is bustling virtually all year long, but things really spring into action around the beginning of July, when the National Cherry Festival begins. This wildly popular event has been an annual tradition since 1926 and includes fun, quirky activities like cherry pit-spitting contests, cherry pie-eating contests, sand-sculpture contests, air shows, fireworks, parades, classic film showings and much more. Traverse City hotels tend to get booked well in advance of the event, so make plans early if you'd like to join the more than 500,000 people who flock here to enjoy it.


Best time to stay

The best time to stay in Traverse City depends on where your interests lie. If you're into skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports, the period from November through April should be when you book your trip. The region boasts world-class snow sports facilities, but winter is the quiet season, so local hotels, lodges and resorts don't tend to be as busy. In terms of pleasant, mild weather, however, you can't beat Traverse City in the summer. The city's quaint downtown area is a joy to explore on foot, and there are numerous trails, beaches and other outdoor attractions to enjoy when the sun is shining.

Recently Rated Traverse City Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
ParkShore Resort
3.8 / 5
177 reviews
3 stars $66
Park Place Hotel Traverse City
3.7 / 5
57 reviews
3 stars $93
Cambria Suites Traverse City
4.5 / 5
29 reviews
3 stars $93
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Traverse City
3.8 / 5
27 reviews
3 stars $89
Courtyard by Marriott Traverse City
4.0 / 5
17 reviews
3 stars $99
Sugar Beach Resort
4.2 / 5
28 reviews
3 stars $79
Traverse City MI Travelodge
3.2 / 5
97 reviews
2 stars $42
Hampton Inn Traverse City
4.2 / 5
77 reviews
3 stars $74
Knights Inn Traverse City
3.7 / 5
77 reviews
2 stars $39
Traverse Bay Inn
4.0 / 5
56 reviews
1 star $41

Traverse City hotels

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From $93

1 Park Place Hotel Traverse City

3 stars
3.7 / 5 57 reviews

300 East State Street Map

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure the Park Place Hotel offers the best of it all. Rich in history and located in the heart of downtown Traverse City we are surrounded by the... More

Great Location!
This hotel has a fantastic location! The room itself was comfortable enough but was really pretty average.
Dec 4, 2014
From $38

2 Howard Johnson Of Traverse City

2 stars
3.5 / 5 63 reviews

417 Munson Avenue Map

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Centrally located Traverse City hotel ideal for vacationing familiesThe Howard Johnson of Traverse City is a family-friendly hotel close to the beach and downtown Traverse City, Michigan. Hotel... More

Michigan autumn trip
The hotel was easy to find, clean and comfortable - a pleasant surprise for the price.
Oct 11, 2014
From $39

3 Knights Inn Traverse City

2 stars
3.7 / 5 77 reviews

360 Munson Ave. Map

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Families on a budget enjoy this convenient Traverse City hotel The Knights Inn Traverse City is a family-friendly hotel close to the beach and downtown. Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor... More

very good for the price
My husband and I wanted to get away for a couple days, but to do it cheap. This was a very good place for the price! We paid a little extra to get a jacuzzi room. It wasn't anything too nice or...
Oct 28, 2014
From $89

4 Holiday Inn Resort WEST BAY BEACH

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

615 E Front St. Map

A fun holiday in Traverse City with private beach and much more Located on the shore of West Grand Traverse Bay, the Holiday Inn Traverse City has its own private beach and docks and is within... More

Great wine weekend!
Great stay! Starbucks in the hotel was a bonus! I forgot my cell phone charger and one of the clerks at the front desk let me borrow his.
Oct 20, 2014
From $93

5 Cambria Suites Traverse City

3 stars
4.5 / 5 29 reviews

255 Munson Avenue US31 Map

All-suites Traverse City hotel is ideal choice for business or pleasure The Cambria Suites hotel is a short walk to Northwestern Michigan College and close to the beach and downtown Traverse City.... More

We Liked It So Much the First Time - We Stayed Again!
We go on an Autumn Leaf Peeping Trip every year and discovered Cambria Suites last year. We chose Cambria Suites, because it is one of the best reasonably price hotels in the Grand Traverse area....
Dec 1, 2014
From $42

6 Traverse City MI Travelodge

2 stars
3.2 / 5 97 reviews

704 Munson Ave Map

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Traverse City hotel is a hop, skip and a jump from the airport and bay The Traverse City Michigan Travelodge is conveniently located minutes from the Cherry Capital Airport and only steps from the... More

cheap with good location
the location is not far from downtown, easy drive. Its clean but nothing special, you get what you pay for. The staff was super friendly and had good suggestions of places to go.
Nov 10, 2014
From $89

7 Fairfield Inn by Marriott Traverse City

3 stars
3.8 / 5 27 reviews

3701 North Country Drive Map

Welcome to Fairfield Inn & Suites Traverse City, your favorite Traverse City, MI, hotel near downtown to experience Pure Michigan. Our completely modern Traverse City, MI, hotel suites are... More

Not bad at all
Staff was very nice, room was clean, no issues at all...happy to go back again.
Nov 25, 2014
From $55

8 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Traverse City, MI

2 stars
4.0 / 5 29 reviews

420 Munson Avenue Map

Location, value and comfort make this Traverse City hotelCountry Inn & Suites By Carlson, Traverse City, MI is ideally located close to the local beaches, marinas, shopping, dining and... More

Great stay in Traverse City
We chose Country Inn and Suites while visiting family in the area. Very happy with our choice. Nice room, friendly staff, and outstanding breakfast options. A great play to stay!
Sep 29, 2014

9 BEST WESTERN Four Seasons

3 stars
3.3 / 5 48 reviews

305 Munson Avenue (US 31) Map

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Traverse City hotel provides value all four seasonsThe Best Western Four Seasons hotel in Traverse City is close to Munson Medical Center, Northwestern Michigan College and Grand Traverse Bay.... More

Old outdated and musty
The rooms are dark and inside a hallway. They seem to smell musty or of cigarette smoke in spite of being non smoking. My room had an odd arrangement with only 1 foot between the bed and the tv.
Oct 20, 2014
From $66

10 ParkShore Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 177 reviews

1401 US 31 North Map

Views are grand at this bayfront Traverse City hotel Situated on the shore of the Grand Traverse Bay, the ParkShore Resort provides a private beach and grand views. Guests enjoy hotel amenities... More

Great girlfriend weekend
Used my rewards for room which was awesome price to stay. Balcony open to the beautiful waters of Grand Traverse Bay. Ideally located to get to shopping, dining and casino. Casino pick up at the...
Dec 5, 2014
From $79

11 Cherry Tree Inn and Suites

3 stars
4.0 / 5 74 reviews

2345 N US 31 North Map

All the comforts of home at Bayfront hotelThe Cherry Tree Inn and Suites is located on the shore of the East Grand Traverse Bay. An indoor atrium pool and spa, as well as a fitness center and... More

Excellent get away
Great staff supper friendly, room was ready and clean. Bomb fire by the water was real nice to.
Oct 5, 2014
From $45

12 Boarders Inn Traverse City

3 stars
3.2 / 5 88 reviews

1870 US 31 North Map

Our Boarders Inn and Suites of Traverse City MI is conveniently located near Cherry Capital Airport on Highway 31 N. Located in northern Michigan-Traverse City is right across from Grand Traverse... More

Just for Sleep and a Shower
Basic hotel if you're not spending a whole lot of time in it. Rooms are clean but dated. Hallways can use a rehab. Staff is efficient but can use a class on how to smile every now and then....
Oct 14, 2014
From $150

13 Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City

3 stars
4.2 / 5 50 reviews

3575 North US Highway 31S Map

Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City is the only place you can go to experience a huge indoor waterpark; stay in guest rooms designed like beautiful north woods cabins and dine in restaurants that... More

Thanksgiving Treat
A perfect getaway to celebrate Thanksgiving with the grandkids. Little one loved the waterpark and older one shopping. Was impressed that the restaurant had healthy choices of food rather than just...
Oct 14, 2014
From $79

14 Grand Beach Resort

2 stars
4.4 / 5 26 reviews

1683 U.S. 31 North Map

The Grand Beach Resort and Sugar Beach Resort Hotels are two of the finest waterfront lodging facilities located in Traverse City Michigan. Nestled on beautiful East Grand Traverse Bay each hotel... More

great as usual
We have stayed at Grand Beach several times very nice place nice location friendly staff.
Sep 19, 2014
From $79

15 Sugar Beach Resort

3 stars
4.2 / 5 28 reviews

1773 US 31 South Map

Beautiful 97 unit beachfront resort. All rooms oversize and feature 27 inch flat screen televisions with DVD unstacked wet bar with refrigerator and microwave, complimentary high speed wireless... More

Great place for jacuzzi tub!
The staff was really helpful, knowledgable and friendly. Most important was that the room was clean. Breakfast was good. I had everything I needed. This is the 2nd time staying here. I'll stay...
Nov 22, 2014
From $67

16 Comfort Inn Traverse City

2 stars
3.8 / 5 11 reviews

460 Munson Ave. US HWY 31 Map

Located near downtown, this 100 percent smoke free Traverse City hotel provides accommodations for both vacationing families and the business traveler. The Comfort Inn Traverse City is convenient... More

Worked out just fine
Quick weekend stay to take the family to the Dunes. This hotel served it's purpose --- nice pool and spa that the kids loved. Good breakfast that satisfied everyone's morning cravings. Room was...
Oct 13, 2014
From $41

17 Traverse Bay Inn

1 star
4.0 / 5 56 reviews

2300 US 31 North Map

Home away from home at Traverse City family-friendly inn Located across the street from a lakeside park, the Traverse Bay Inn is a family-friendly hotel offering plenty of amenities. Guests enjoy... More

sweet place
sweet place ... I've stayed several times ... Great staff
Oct 28, 2014
From $99

18 Courtyard by Marriott Traverse City

3 stars
4.0 / 5 17 reviews

3615 South Airport Road, West Map

Rate includes breakfast

With a premier location just south of downtown Traverse City and across from the Grand Traverse Mall, the award-winning Traverse City Courtyard awaits you. We share a neighborhood with Interlochen... More

Shopping
This is a great hotel. Very clean. Nice relaxing hot tub.
Nov 24, 2014
From $50

19 Quality Inn By the Bay

2 stars
3.0 / 5 20 reviews

1492 US 31 N. Map

Directly across from Grand Traverse Bay. Centrally located to PGA golf, resort skiing, snowmobiling, gaming, beaches, casual/fine dining, dancing & major tourist attractions. Pet accommodation:... More

Disappointing, at best
This is an average motel that is well past it's prime. The furniture had stains, the bedding and towels are thread bare and the air-conditioning, even without a particularly warm August day, never...
Aug 4, 2014
From $74

20 Hampton Inn Traverse City

3 stars
4.2 / 5 77 reviews

1000 U.S. 31 North Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Family-friendly Traverse City hotel steps from the beachPerched on the shore of the Grand Traverse Bay, the Hampton Inn Traverse City is ideally located in the Cherry Capital of the World. Guests... More

Hampton
Very clean and great room. Loved it I liked the continental breakfast. Many choices.
Nov 3, 2014