People travel to Traverse City for various reasons. They could be the cherries the city is best known for. It could be the beautiful rolling hills that form the backdrop to the city by the water. No matter what you travel to this part of Michigan for, your pleasure awaits. This small town is beautiful to start with, and there are many things to do here at any time of the year. If you’re going to Traverse City soon and have never been before, be sure to check out these 10 things first.
1. Front Street
This is the center of the city, which has been rehabilitated not long ago. It is a great place to start exploring Traverse City because you will immediately feel what the culture of the Midwest is like here. Front Street is full of shops, restaurants, and different attractions to keep you entertained. The area also always hosts events, so check the calendar for details.
2. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
The Village is one of the most unique experiences you’ll find in Traverse City. This historic location was once the Traverse City State Hospital Grounds. It has been transformed into a prime location for shopping and dining. The Village also offers several tours that you can take, and we highly recommend the Twilight Tour for a truly exceptional experience.
3. Suttons Bay
There is no way you can get out of this city without taking a little time by the water. Sutton Bay is right next to Lake Michigan, and this little seaside town is as charming as it sounds. You’ll find art galleries, museums, and even a casino in the area. You can dine at restaurants that source their ingredients locally or enjoy local ice cream.
4. Old Mission Peninsula
You will start in Traverse City and truly end in paradise if your destination is Old Mission Peninsula. The pristine nature that you will be surrounded by here is something you only see in books or pictures. You will feel refreshed and absolutely energized by the beauty of nature.
5. Mission Point Lighthouse
If you are already in Old Mission, be sure to take it to the lighthouse. The views alone are well worth the trip, but there is more to see here than just the lighthouse itself. The caretaker’s house is as fascinating as the lighthouse itself, and the path is as picturesque; in fact, you will forget how long you have been driving.
6. Traverse Tall Ship Company
You can see Traverse City from a different angle by cruising Grand Traverse Bay on a short sail. The Traverse Tall Ship Company offers a couple of different experiences. We recommend going on the Manitou, which is a replica of a 19th century cargo ship. Sail through the night for an experience you will never forget.
7. Balloon rides through the city
If air travel is your favorite thing, we recommend taking a hot air balloon tour through Traverse City Balloon Tours. You will be amazed at how impressive the area really is and how unique Traverse City is geographically. There are many sights in the area that you can only appreciate when you are up high.
8. Chateau Grand Traverse Winery
It doesn’t matter if you are a wine connoisseur or not; Going to the Chateau Grand Traverse Winery is an experience not to be skipped. There are many things that you can appreciate in the attraction besides the wine, but we have to say that the wine is worth the trip.
9. Dennos Museum Center
If you’re looking to spend some time indoors, a day at the Dennos Museum Center is a great way to go. The museum constantly rotates its exhibits, but the permanent collections alone are impressive. Be sure to visit the largest Inuit art collections in the entire United States.
10. TART trails
There is no better way to experience Traverse City than on foot or by bike. Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails is a network of paved and dirt roads that will provide you with the best walking and biking trails in the area. You can enjoy a brisk walk or turn it into exercise. You will have great views regardless.