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Experience Traverse City in vacation home rentals

Along the southern shore of Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City is a scenic lakeside town that's known for its sprawling beaches, year-round outdoor activities, and a wealth of natural beauty. The city practically oozes arts and culture, with local film and food festivals during the summer months. It's home to a lively dining scene that includes everything from vineyards and wineries to mom-and-pop restaurants and a number of local breweries. With plenty of parks, museums, and local attractions, your Traverse City vacation rental will put you right in the center of one of the upper midwest's most intriguing communities.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Traverse City vacation rentals

Although it's got enough year-round sporting action to keep even the brawniest fan happy, Traverse City is no slouch when it comes to the arts. At the City Opera House, you can catch concerts, musicals, comedy, and other live entertainment in a charming-as-heck Victorian-era building. Or you can check out the Dennos Museum Center, an art museum that's home to more than 2,000 different pieces, including a number of works by Inuit artists. A short drive from your Traverse City vacation rental, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park boasts 25 acres of plant life from the local region and around the world.


Activities during your stay in Traverse City vacation homes

With plenty of sandy shoreline along Traverse Bay, you'll want to get your toes into some sand. Lakeside activities like boating, fishing, and kayaking are popular during the warmer months, but if your heart's saying you need to just lie in the sand for a while, then live your truth. The city also hosts an annual National Cherry Festival every summer, a week-long celebration of the city's stellar cherry blossom displays that includes food, entertainment, and a parade. Winter visitors will also find plenty of cold-weather activities, too, including ice fishing, snowshoeing, and both cross-country and downhill skiing.


Local weather for your trip to Traverse City vacation homes

Thanks to its location along a bay of Lake Michigan, Traverse City has a continental climate influenced by the lake's weather patterns. Summers are mild-to-warm, and winters are generally cold with plenty of lake-effect snowfall. Average summer highs peak around 80 degrees in July, while winter temps range from 15 to 30 degrees in January and February. Spring and fall are relatively short and cool, with average highs only climbing above 60 between May and September. Thanks to its wealth of year-round activities, you'll find that prices for Traverse City vacation rentals tend to stay about the same from one season to the next.

Natural features

A ports and all look at scenic Traverse City

The primary port of Grand Traverse Bay (an inlet of the larger Lake Michigan), Traverse City is the largest urban area in the Northern Michigan region. During the summer months, the city's sandy beaches along Grand Traverse Bay are popular destinations for waterfront activities, and the Boardman River and Boardman Lake both lie within the town's borders, too. You can find a number of parks in the area, and Traverse City State Park offers 47 acres of wooded lawns and bayfront shoreline, as well as campsites, playgrounds, and picnic areas.

How to get there

How to get to and around Traverse City

Fly into Traverse City, MI (TVC-Cherry Capital), the closest airport, located 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Family fun near vacation homes in Traverse City

Traverse City has a range of fun and exciting attractions for kids. Family-friendly vacation homes can be found near places like the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, an interactive museum with hands-on activities and exhibits, and Clinch Park Beach, a sandy beach on the bay with picnic areas and recreation areas. Kids will also like F and M Park, a park with a basketball court, train-themed play area, picnic areas, and a skating rink.

Good for couples

Couple's fun in Traverse City vacation rentals

Traverse City has plenty of romantic places to enjoy on your couple’s retreat. Vacation homes are available near vineyards and wineries for wine tastings, peaceful beaches, and picturesque nature reserves, such as the Miller Creek Nature Reserve. You could also see the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, a seasonal garden with workshops and tours among vibrant plant life.

Where to stay around Traverse City?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,365 vacation rentals near Traverse City. From 638 Houses to 389 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Traverse City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Traverse City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Traverse City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Clinch Park Beach: 1,255 vacation rentals
  • Traverse City State Park: 1,182 vacation rentals
  • Mission Point Lighthouse: 1,253 vacation rentals
  • Chateau Chantal: 1,478 vacation rentals
  • Chateau Grand Traverse: 1,414 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Traverse City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Traverse City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 638 Houses in Traverse City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Traverse City include:

  • Cabins: 389 rentals available
  • Cottages: 389 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 238 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Traverse City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 40 vacation rentals with pool available in Traverse City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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