About Traverse City

Traverse City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Grand Traverse County,although a small portion extends into Leelanau County. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region. The population was 14,674 at the 2010 census, with 143,372 in the Traverse City micropolitan area.

The Traverse City area is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States.Near the time of cherry harvest, the city hosts the annual week-long National Cherry Festival in the first full week of July, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually.The surrounding countryside also produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest.Tourism, both summer and winter, is another key industry. The Traverse City area features varied natural attractions, including freshwater beaches, vineyards, a National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and numerous forests.In 2009, TripAdvisor named Traverse City the number two small town travel destination in the United States.In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S., by U.S. News.

Area Attractions

Front Street

Address: Traverse City, MI 49684
We'd love you to come and visit us! Whether you are walking, wheeling, biking, or driving, you can easily access the attractions that Downtown Traverse City offers visitors.

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Address: 830 Cottageview Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684, USA
The Minervini Group is a local team assembled by respected historic renovator & builder Ray Minervini to pursue the successful “resurrection” of the historic architectural treasures on the 63-acre campus of the Grand Traverse Commons.

Traverse Bay Paddle Board Rental

On the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay, in Clinch Park (one of Northern Michigan’s most popular beaches with 1,500 feet of sandy beach) sits, Paddle TC. Paddle TC rents what you need as the water and trails of Northwest Michigan beckon the outdoor enthusiast in you. You may be looking for a kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) to explore the beautiful blue waters of the bay or negotiate the bends and curves of the Boardman River as it meanders its way through the historic downtown business district of Traverse City. Perhaps your adventurous spirit  is yearning for a bike to devour some of the TART Trails (over 60 miles of regional biking trails) that wind their way through downtown Traverse City, with all of it’s restaurants, gift shops, breweries and art galleries, connecting with trails that carve their way along lake shores, farmland and woodland offering up unparalleled vistas of vineyards, wineries and endless lake views.