Traverse City is a popular destination for wine, cherry, and nature lovers, with plenty to see and experience. The wineries, distilleries, and parks of Traverse City can be enjoyed whether you have a full day or two hours to spare, making it great for those who are in town for a conference. The highlights of Traverse City found below can all be enjoyed for as long or short as you please and are close to some of the conference hotels in Traverse City.
Exploring downtown Traverse City is one of the more underrated activities of the town. Do some shopping along Front Street, walk along the river or lakefront, or simply enjoy the architecture of the charming town, which has been named one of the top small towns to visit in the United States.
Take a walking tour of the Village at Traverse Commons. This former mental asylum offers some of the most interesting history in the area, and you can book walking tours around the beautiful grounds lasting no more than two hours. The one-and-a-half-hour Twilight Tour is a great way to unwind after a long day in the conference room. It will not take up too much of your time, too.
A great way to spend a lunch break if you need to unwind a little is to plan a short visit to the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, which you will find in the center of Traverse City. Here you can enjoy the serenity as you follow footpaths amongst botanical species native to Northwest Michigan. You can also opt to visit Traverse City Beach.