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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
Quality Inn By the Bay 7 hours ago 2 stars $59
Howard Johnson Of Traverse City 21 hours ago 2 stars $42
Holiday Inn Resort WEST BAY BEACH 1 day ago 3 stars $108
Knights Inn Traverse City 1 day ago 2 stars $39
ParkShore Resort 1 day ago 3 stars $66
Traverse City MI Travelodge 1 day ago 2 stars $42
Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City 1 day ago 3 stars $150
Sugar Beach Resort 2 days ago 3 stars $79
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Traverse City 2 days ago 3 stars $104
Hampton Inn Traverse City 2 days ago 3 stars $79

Recently Rated Traverse City Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
BEST WESTERN Four Seasons
3.4 / 5
47 reviews
3 stars $89
Boarders Inn Traverse City
3.2 / 5
88 reviews
3 stars $55
Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City
4.2 / 5
50 reviews
3 stars $150
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Traverse City
3.8 / 5
26 reviews
3 stars $104
Comfort Inn Traverse City
3.8 / 5
11 reviews
2 stars $89
Baymont Inn & Suites Traverse City
3.2 / 5
41 reviews
2 stars $71
Howard Johnson Of Traverse City
3.5 / 5
63 reviews
2 stars $42
Sugar Beach Resort
4.1 / 5
27 reviews
3 stars $79
Hampton Inn Traverse City
4.2 / 5
76 reviews
3 stars $79
ParkShore Resort
3.8 / 5
176 reviews
3 stars $66

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From $89

1 BEST WESTERN Four Seasons

3 stars
3.4 / 5 47 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

pleasantly surprised
This Best Western hotel in TC came as quite a surprise. We opted for a room with a loft. I had no idea what to expect, thinking that maybe the bed would be upstairs. We were happy to find the...
Oct 14, 2014
From $42

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 $119

3 Cambria Suites Traverse City

3 stars
4.5 / 5 28 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

Short getaway
Outstanding accommodations - state-of-the-art; we had a buffet breakfast on-site which was well done with eggs as desired. Better than most hotels we stayed at - we definitely will stay again.
Aug 12, 2014
From $39

4 Knights Inn Traverse City

2 stars
3.7 / 5 76 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

You get what you pay for...
The amenities were minimal at this hotel, but as described. The location to downtown was convenient and easy. The room was the biggest disappointment. The odor reminded me of an ashtray despite the...
Sep 17, 2014
From $66

5 ParkShore Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 176 reviews

1401 US 31 North Map

Your Vacation is waiting at the Park Shore Resort. Traverse City's newest hotel is set on the golden-sand beach of beautiful Grand Traverse Bay. You and your family will find friendly service,... More

Parkshore Resort
Very nice hotel and staff. Has a bar/restaurant attached if you desire. Some rooms overlook the bay on Lake Michigan which is beautiful!
Oct 8, 2014
From $42

6 Traverse City MI Travelodge

2 stars
3.3 / 5 96 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

Weekday Trip to TC
This is my second time staying at Travelodge and I would return again because of the great value. The staff was polite and the room was clean and up-to-date. Our room only had shampoo, bath soap,...
Oct 8, 2014
From $59

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

2 stars
4.0 / 5 29 reviews

420 Munson Avenue Map

Located in the Heart of Traverse City, at the base of Old Mission Peninsula. 1/4 Mile from East Grand Traverse Bay and 1/2 Mile from West Grand Traverse Bay. Our newly renovated Hotel is ideally... 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 $108

8 Holiday Inn Resort WEST BAY BEACH

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 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

Traverse City 4 day
Hotel & Staff very friendly. DayClub waitstaff good but some tables were ignored. The View Restaurant was excellent. Chis the bartender was excellent. Handled the bar and dinner service. Need...
Jul 27, 2014
From $104

9 Fairfield Inn by Marriott Traverse City

3 stars
3.8 / 5 26 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

Good Getaway
The staff was very helpful. The hotel was a bit overpriced. It was not a good value. It simply did not have the feel of a hotel in that price range.
Oct 13, 2014
From $55

10 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 $89

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 $99

12 Park Place Hotel Traverse City

3 stars
3.6 / 5 54 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!
This hotel was in the perfect location. Very close to Front Street which housed many breweries, eateries, and shops. A few blocks from beach access. My husband and I only stayed one night but...
Jul 29, 2014
From $74

13 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 $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
4.1 / 5 27 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

On a fall color tour
This is an excellent hotel for the price! Located right on the water - wonderful for any time of the year (except maybe Dec. Jan. & Feb. in Michigan):)
Oct 10, 2014
From $150

16 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

17 Hampton Inn Traverse City

3 stars
4.2 / 5 76 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

Great value for what I paid
Room was extra neat and very cozy. Very spacious and more like a room at home. Breakfast was awesome and was comparable to a decent restaurant hot breakfast. Its one of the best hotels I stayed in
Oct 10, 2014
From $51

18 Traverse Bay Inn

1 star
4.0 / 5 55 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

Spotless
Was pleasantly surprised with this property. Although older, it's well-maintained, and the room was spotless. The unit was a two bedroom townhouse with a small kitchen and living room. Check in was...
Oct 2, 2014
From $59

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 $124

20 Courtyard by Marriott Traverse City

3 stars
3.9 / 5 16 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

Great !
Very nice. Very clean. Newer location. Traverse City in the summer!!!!!!!!!
Jul 21, 2014