Grand Traverse Resort And Spa100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard, Williamsburg 3.5 out of 5.0
This family-friendly Williamsburg resort is located near the airport, 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Music House Museum, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Traverse City State ...
Beautiful hotel. Plenty of shopping and things to do onsite.
Baymont Inn & Suites Traverse City2326 North US 31 South, Traverse City 2.5 out of 5.0
Situated in Traverse City, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Grand Traverse Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve and The ...
Had to esoteric get into room but the rest was fine
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 US 31 N, Traverse City 2.5 out of 5.0
Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Traverse City State Park. Bryant Park and Mt. Holiday ...
Stayed in a upper floor beach front room and could not be any happier. Room was comfortable and had all the need necessities. Breakfast was average. Gym was average but view from my room made up for that. I always stay here when visiting Traverse city. It is right along the strip and the downtown ...
Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City3575 N US 31, Traverse City 3.5 out of 5.0
This family-friendly Traverse City resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Grand Traverse Mall and The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Hickory Hills Ski Area and ...
We have an enjoyable time and the room was great. The activities for the children were good with one exception. I thought the Casino type entertainment room was not the correct type of activity. Why not have a sand pit with cars and things to play with in the sand or maybe have items available with ...
Cherry Tree Inn & Suites2345 US 31 N, Traverse City 2.5 out of 5.0
Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, Traverse City State Park, and Mt. Holiday Ski Area. Bryant ...
Great hotel and location. Awesome beach and outdoor pool set up.
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 US 31 N, Traverse City 2.5 out of 5.0
Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Traverse City State Park. Mt. Holiday Ski Area ...
Desk staff very helpful giving directions and information for visiting the area.
Country Inn & Suites Traverse City420 Munson Ave, Traverse City 3.0 out of 5.0
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Dennos Museum Center and Bryant Park. Traverse Area District Library and Traverse City State ...
went with friends for a getaway....we enjoyed our stay
Park Place Hotel300 E State St, Traverse City 3.0 out of 5.0
Park Place Hotel in Traverse City is within 2 blocks of Front Street, which is home to shops and cafes along its brick-paved street. West Bay Beach is also 2 ...
My husband and I stayed October 10th after visiting wineries during the day. It was great. The hotel is conveniently located in town. The room was clean . The bathroom was quite small but ok. We ate at Minerva's. We had a drink at the Beacon on the top floor. It was a great experience.
Boarders Inn and Suites of Traverse City1870 N Us Highway 31 N, Traverse City 2.0 out of 5.0
Situated in Traverse City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Traverse City State Park. Mt. Holiday Ski Area and The Dennos ...
A good basic hotel. It was clean. The bed was comfortable although the pillows were not. The staff was very friendly, patient with crabby people. I would recommend this is as a good basic no frills place to stay.
Howard Johnson Of Traverse City417 Munson Ave, Traverse City 2.0 out of 5.0
Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Dennos Museum Center and Bryant Park. Traverse Area District Library and Traverse City State ...
There is indescribable smell but can be tolerated. No trash bin in bathroom. Limited breakfast choices.
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.
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