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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 booked Traverse City hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City 2 hours ago 3 stars $150
Howard Johnson Of Traverse City 3 hours ago 2 stars $42
Park Place Hotel Traverse City 4 hours ago 3 stars $84
Holiday Inn Resort WEST BAY BEACH 4 hours ago 3 stars $78
Baymont Inn & Suites Traverse City 5 hours ago 2 stars $64
Quality Inn By the Bay 5 hours ago 2 stars $50
Sugar Beach Resort 6 hours ago 3 stars $79
Traverse City MI Travelodge 8 hours ago 2 stars $33
Cherry Tree Inn and Suites 1 day ago 3 stars $89
Grand Beach Resort 2 days ago 2 stars $79

Recently Rated Traverse City Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hampton Inn Traverse City
4.2 / 5
78 reviews
3 stars $75
Park Place Hotel Traverse City
3.8 / 5
70 reviews
3 stars $84
Cherry Tree Inn and Suites
4.1 / 5
75 reviews
3 stars $89
Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City
4.2 / 5
54 reviews
3 stars $150
Knights Inn Traverse City
3.7 / 5
78 reviews
2 stars $38
Grand Beach Resort
4.4 / 5
27 reviews
2 stars $79
Traverse City MI Travelodge
3.3 / 5
99 reviews
2 stars $33
Howard Johnson Of Traverse City
3.6 / 5
68 reviews
2 stars $42
ParkShore Resort
3.8 / 5
180 reviews
3 stars $69
Traverse Bay Inn
4.0 / 5
57 reviews
1 star $38

Featured Traverse City Hotels

From $84

1 Park Place Hotel Traverse City

3 stars
3.8 / 5 70 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

business trip
only complaint is the workout facilities...really old and only 1 treadmill but other than that I loved my stay! I always stay at Park Plaza when in TC because of the location. You can walk...
Mar 10, 2015
From $66

2 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
From $91

3 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 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

4 Howard Johnson Of Traverse City

2 stars
3.6 / 5 68 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 $38

5 Knights Inn Traverse City

2 stars
3.7 / 5 78 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

Business stay
Good bang for buck , nothing fancy. A good place for a short overnight stop.Would stay again .
Feb 22, 2015
From $33

6 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 $78

7 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 $79

8 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

9 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 $67

10 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 $69

11 ParkShore Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 180 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 $89

12 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 $43

13 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 $79

14 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 $150

15 Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City

3 stars
4.2 / 5 54 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

Expensive but Fun
It was very expensive. We did have fun and the Waterpark met the needs of our children.
Mar 1, 2015
From $79

16 Sugar Beach Resort

3 stars
4.2 / 5 30 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 $75

17 Hampton Inn Traverse City

3 stars
4.2 / 5 78 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 $38

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 $105

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

Shopping
This is a great hotel. Very clean. Nice relaxing hot tub.
Nov 24, 2014
From $64

20 Baymont Inn & Suites Traverse City

2 stars
3.2 / 5 41 reviews

2326 US 31 South Map

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Hotel in Traverse City gives guests value, convenience and amenities The Baymont Inn and Suites is located minutes from the airport, downtown Traverse City and the beaches dotting Grand Traverse... More

fall color tour
The staff was friendly. The room was not very clean, long dark hair was on the vanity counter top and around the coffee pot. Dried urine was on the toilet rim. Not a place I would stay again. The...
Oct 12, 2014