Why Traverse City
Traverse City, Michigan has a reputation for its breathtaking natural surroundings. Situated on two bays, rolling hills and lake views predominate the landscape. A four-season destination, outdoor recreation enthusiasts have an abundance of sports to choose from.
Traverse City is Tops!
While consistently voted one of the most charming small towns in America, Traverse City is anything but sleepy. With fresh, farm-to-table cuisine, Traverse City has become known as a top foodie town. Restaurants, wineries, microbreweries, art galleries, and shopping abound. You’ll find live music for every taste including jazz, classical, indie and rock. Or visit one of the area’s two casinos for Vegas-style gambling. Learn more about events, recreation and more in Traverse City at TraverseCity.com.
Not just a great place to visit, Traverse City is a highly desirable place to live, featuring great schools, a stable economy, low crime rate and high home values. internationally acclaimed Interlochen Center for the Arts offers arts education programs for students in grades 3-12 and adults of all ages.
Here are just a few of the latest lists that Traverse City has been ranked highly in:
- 10 Best Small Towns in US (Fodor’s)
- Top 10 Small Towns (Livability)
- Top 10 Foodie Cities (Livability)
- #2 Top Midwest Food Towns (Midwest Living)
- Michigan’s Best Beach Towns (Coastal Living)
- Sleeping Bear-Top 10 National Parks for Families (Family Fun magazine)
- Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail-America’s Most Scenic Waterside Drives (Travel + Leisure Magazine)
- Six Small Towns to Visit This Summer (Huffington Post)
Recreation and Natural Beauty
Traverse City is near to numerous natural wonders including miles of sugar sand beaches and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore recently named the most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America. Recreational opportunities for water sports, beach going and sports fishing abound at hundreds of inland lakes as well as hundreds of miles of shoreline along the lake Michigan. The area is also home to 13 Blue Ribbon Trout Streams.
Voted as one of the top six golf destinations in the country by Golf Magazine, Traverse City has world-class championship courses with matchless designs and stunning beauty. Within a short drive are incredible championship golf course designs by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Arthur Hills, Gary Player, Tom Doak, Donald Ross, John Robinson, Jerry Matthews and Bruce Matthews, in addition to the many fine unheralded golfing gems.
The state also has hundreds of miles of bike trails and endless opportunities for camping, hiking, mountain biking, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing, downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and more.