Traverse City, MI, USA

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Traverse City, MI, USA

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Traverse City—the cherry on top

Traverse City’s claim to be the cherry capital of the world is no idle boast. The city is reckoned to be the largest producer of tart cherries in the US, and the annual National Cherry Festival is one of the highlights of the summer social calendar. Its architectural heritage is equally tasty, with prestigious Michigan historical markers shining the spotlight on landmarks as diverse as the City Opera House and Traverse City State Hospital. Traverse City vacation rentals offer visitors the chance to discover more about this friendly community from the perspective of a temporary resident.

Grand tours of Traverse City

A sightseeing tour is a great way to get your bearings and tick off as many of Traverse City’s must-see attractions as possible. Options range from informative walking tours of historic landmarks to freewheeling craft brewery visits. Push the boat out with a cruise around the bay aboard an elegant tall ship, or reach for the skies on a thrilling helicopter ride. Ghost walks and nature rambles showcase different sides of life in Traverse City. Downtown Traverse City vacation rentals offer the freedom and flexibility to plan your own self-guided itinerary or join up with a like-minded group.

Traverse City—the fertile heart of the Midwest

The sandy soil in which Traverse City’s cherries thrive is equally kind to grapevines. The countryside bordering Grand Traverse Bay is one of the Midwest’s major wine growing areas, with most wineries offering tours and tastings. A short drive north from downtown Travis City takes you through the heart of the Old Mission Peninsula wine region, prized for its prestigious grape varieties. Mission Point lighthouse on the tip of the peninsula is open to the public, enabling a close-up view of this iconic 1870 structure and its fascinating history (open daily between May and October, weekends only in November).

Traverse City through the seasons

Springtime in Traverse City heralds the highly anticipated arrival of flamboyant displays of cherry blossom. The city’s location close to the 45th parallel, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, coupled with the fresh breeze from Lake Michigan, creates the perfect growing conditions for the sweet fruit. Summer rains turn to snow flurries, sometimes as early as late September, although snow falls more typically from November through March. If you’re visiting at this time of year, look out for Traverse City vacation rentals with their own hot tub or sauna to keep the winter chill at bay.

Traverse City—a walk on the wild side

The Boardman River Nature Center was created with the aim of educating visitors about the wildlife of Grand Traverse County in general, and the Boardman River valley in particular. This pretty trout stream flows through downtown Traverse City and forms the backbone of the Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve, a protected parkland of over 500 acres, encompassing woodland and wetland environments typical of northern Michigan. Beavers, whitetail deer, and otters are among the resident wildlife, while the fertile riverbanks are lined with cotton grass and rushes.