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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


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.

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
Park Place Hotel Traverse City
3.8 / 5
71 reviews
3 stars $112
Knights Inn Traverse City
3.7 / 5
79 reviews
2 stars $49
Motel 6 Traverse City
2.9 / 5
81 reviews
1 star $39
Holiday Inn Resort WEST BAY BEACH
4.3 / 5
4 reviews
3 stars $119
Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City
4.2 / 5
55 reviews
3 stars $150
Howard Johnson Of Traverse City
3.6 / 5
69 reviews
2 stars $46
Hampton Inn Traverse City
4.2 / 5
80 reviews
3 stars $84
Cherry Tree Inn and Suites
4.1 / 5
75 reviews
3 stars $98
Grand Beach Resort
4.4 / 5
27 reviews
2 stars $85
Traverse City MI Travelodge
3.3 / 5
99 reviews
2 stars $49

Featured Traverse City Hotels

From $112

1 Park Place Hotel Traverse City

3 stars
3.8 / 5 71 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

New Years in TC
The staff was friendly upon our arrival and check in, but no one ever asked about our stay. If they had I would have had some complaints about our room. The bed was very firm and not very...
Apr 29, 2015
From $49

2 Traverse City MI Travelodge

2 stars
3.3 / 5 99 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

Great inexpensive place
Good inexpensive place to stay in TC. Enjoyed pool and how close it is to downtown area.
Feb 9, 2015
From $70

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

2 stars
4.0 / 5 30 reviews

420 Munson Avenue Map

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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
From $49

4 Knights Inn Traverse City

2 stars
3.7 / 5 79 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

Happily Surprised
Had been to Traverse City several times for work and leisure but never stayed at Knights Inn. Had a king size bed that was extremely comfortable for my bad back and the room was equal to any I have...
Apr 25, 2015
From $46

5 Howard Johnson Of Traverse City

2 stars
3.6 / 5 69 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

One night stay
Great hotel for the price! My son and I stayed here when he had an early doctor appointment the next day. I had forgotten some paper work for the appointment and had to have my husband fax it to...
Mar 26, 2015
From $79

6 BEST WESTERN Four Seasons

3 stars
3.3 / 5 49 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 and outdated
This hotel was booked last minute because there was a room shortage for a wedding party at a nearby resort. It was overpriced what you got. Room was dirty, especially the bathroom.
Jan 17, 2015
From $97

7 Cambria hotel & 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 pleasureThe Cambria hotel & suites Traverse City is a short walk to Northwestern Michigan College and close to the beach... 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 $119

8 Holiday Inn Resort WEST BAY BEACH

3 stars
4.3 / 5 4 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

Wonderful experience as usual with Holiday Inn. my son and myself enjoyed being close to everything.
Had a wonderful time in TC. Rented a jet ski and went parasailing over Lake Michigan. The room was very clean and comfortable. Loved having the pool to swim in.
Apr 13, 2015
From $99

9 Fairfield Inn by Marriott Traverse City

3 stars
3.8 / 5 27 reviews

3701 North Country Drive Map

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... 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 $70

10 ParkShore Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 183 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

weekend get a way with my wife
we had and awesome time staff was nice had a great time looking for a weekend go to the park shore resort
Jan 21, 2015
From $79

11 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 $89

12 Sugar Beach Resort

3 stars
4.2 / 5 31 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

New Years Eve
Very clean. Great hot tub room. Location was a distance from downtown (we went downtown for New Years Eve) but would be perfect in the summer with the beach. Very friendly staff.
Jan 12, 2015
From $85

13 Grand Beach Resort

2 stars
4.4 / 5 27 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

Awesome hotel
My daughter and I were in Traverse City prom dress shopping. Our room was huge, immaculate and the beds were very comfortable. The staff was outstanding, especially the front desk clerk. Will...
Feb 18, 2015
From $55

14 Boarders Inn Traverse City

3 stars
3.2 / 5 89 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 okay
Nothing to be excited about. It serves the wine weekender who won't be in the room much.
Jan 12, 2015
From $98

15 Cherry Tree Inn and Suites

3 stars
4.1 / 5 75 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

Great room
Clean rooms, with great view. Close to town and casino. Free breakfast in am. Could not check in before 3 pm was only negative I could say. Otherwise great hotel and I will be back.
Mar 10, 2015
From $150

16 Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City

3 stars
4.2 / 5 55 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

Great time
We took our grandsons,ages 5 and 7, to Great Wolf Lodge. They loved it. Accommodations were comfortable for the four of us. I really liked the convenience of lockers at waterpark( however cost$10)...
Apr 10, 2015
From $84

17 Hampton Inn Traverse City

3 stars
4.2 / 5 80 reviews

1000 U.S. 31 North Map

Includes parking for up to 7 nights

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

great room for great value
The rooms were clean and neat, the staff was very helpful and the breakfast was very good.
Mar 13, 2015
From $41

18 Traverse Bay Inn

1 star
4.0 / 5 57 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

Enjoyed our stay
Nice hotel for the price. Enjoyed the kitchenette. Room was clean, bed was comfortable. People were friendly and helpful. Will stay again.
Jan 21, 2015
From $129

19 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

This is a great hotel. Very clean. Nice relaxing hot tub.
Nov 24, 2014
From $58

20 Quality Inn By the Bay

2 stars
3.0 / 5 21 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