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What travelers to Traverse City are saying
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 Worldthe vast majority of the country's cherries come from the Grand Traverse Bay areaand 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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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 booked Traverse City hotels
|Hotel||Last booked||Stars||Price from|
|Park Place Hotel Traverse City||1 hour ago||$200|
|Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Traverse City, MI||2 hours ago||$144|
|BEST WESTERN Four Seasons||4 hours ago||$198|
|Cherry Tree Inn and Suites||5 hours ago||$289|
|Knights Inn Traverse City||5 hours ago||$144|
|Sugar Beach Resort||7 hours ago||$176|
|Traverse Bay Inn||10 hours ago||$125|
|Fairfield Inn by Marriott Traverse City||12 hours ago||$187|
|Holiday Inn Resort WEST BAY BEACH||13 hours ago||$211|
|Hampton Inn Traverse City||23 hours ago||$170|
Recently Rated Traverse City Hotels
|Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Traverse City, MI||
4.1 / 534 reviews
|Motel 6 Traverse City||
2.9 / 579 reviews
|Knights Inn Traverse City||
3.7 / 576 reviews
|Quality Inn By the Bay||
3.0 / 522 reviews
|Sugar Beach Resort||
4.2 / 530 reviews
|Hampton Inn Traverse City||
4.2 / 579 reviews
|Baymont Inn & Suites Traverse City||
3.2 / 539 reviews
|Park Place Hotel Traverse City||
3.8 / 570 reviews
|Howard Johnson Of Traverse City||
3.6 / 568 reviews
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Featured Traverse City Hotels
300 East State Street
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...
420 Munson Avenue
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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Traverse City, MI is ideally located close to the local beaches, marinas, shopping, dining and entertainment. The hotel provides guests with a complimentary...
Highly recommend this Hotel..
360 Munson Ave.
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The Knights Inn Traverse City is a family-friendly hotel close to the beach and downtown. Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, a complimentary continental breakfast, and free...
Clean, comfortable room
704 Munson Ave
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The Traverse City Michigan Travelodge is conveniently located minutes from the Cherry Capital Airport and only steps from the Grand Traverse Bay. Guests start the day with a complimentary...
Great inexpensive place
255 Munson Avenue US31
The Cambria hotel & suites Traverse City is a short walk to Northwestern Michigan College and close to the beach and downtown Traverse City. The all-suites hotel includes spacious...
We Liked It So Much the First Time - We Stayed Again!
615 E Front St.
Located on the shore of West Grand Traverse Bay, the Holiday Inn Traverse City has its own private beach and docks and is within walking distance to downtown. All guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling...
Wonderful experience as usual with Holiday Inn. my son and myself enjoyed being close to everything.
3701 North Country Drive
Welcome to The Fairfield Inn & Suites in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan! Our completely renovated guest rooms and suites are conveniently located in the center of all corporate, government...
Not bad at all
305 Munson Avenue (US 31)
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The Best Western Four Seasons hotel in Traverse City is close to Munson Medical Center, Northwestern Michigan College and Grand Traverse Bay. Guests enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast in the...
Old and outdated
1773 US 31 South
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...
1401 US 31 North
Situated on the shore of the Grand Traverse Bay, the ParkShore Resort provides a private beach and grand views. Guests enjoy hotel amenities such as an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, and a...
417 Munson Avenue
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The Howard Johnson of Traverse City is a family-friendly hotel close to the beach and downtown Traverse City, Michigan. Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool, an expanded hot continental...
1870 US 31 North
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...
1683 U.S. 31 North
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...
3575 North US Highway 31S
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...
2345 N US 31 North
The 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 arcade room, provide hours of recreation. Each...
1000 U.S. 31 North
Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi
Perched on the shore of the Grand Traverse Bay, the Hampton Inn Traverse City is ideally located in the Cherry Capital of the World. Guests enjoy an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness...
460 Munson Ave. US HWY 31
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...
Worked out just fine
1492 US 31 N.
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:...
3615 South Airport Road, West
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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...
2326 US 31 South
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The Baymont Inn and Suites is located minutes from the airport, downtown Traverse City and the beaches dotting Grand Traverse Bay. Guests enjoy the hotel's indoor swimming pool, fitness center and...
Cleanliness could be improved.