Traverse City

Traverse City is a scenic city of 14,532 people (as of 2000) founded in 1852 on the Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan, in the Grand Traverse Bay Area of Northern Michigan. Traverse City is known as the Cherry Capital of the World; around 75 percent of the nation's cherries are grown in Michigan, and most of those come from the Traverse City area. Directly north of Traverse City, the Old Mission Peninsula splits the Grand Traverse Bay in two, with a beautiful windswept landscape and great views of the bay on either side. Slightly to the west, the Leelanau Peninsula, with its charming small towns, forms the "pinkie finger" of the Michigan peninsula, jutting into Lake Michigan. Both peninsulas are prime winemaking regions within the state, and as such are one of the main tourist attractions in the region. Over a million visitors come each year to tour the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a scenic lakeside park with impressively large sand dunes. It's also a very popular destination for outdoor activities, owing to the proximity of Lake Michigan in summer, the impressive autumn colors, and the high snowfalls in winter.

boats by the Traverse City waterfront

Get in

Get around


Old Mission Point lighthouse
  • Old Mission Point Lighthouse, Mission Point in Old Mission, 231-529-2333, . Built in 1870 on the 45th parallel, and decommissioned in 1933, it now houses township employees. Located at the tip of the Old Mission peninsula, north of Traverse City.


Indoor Activity

Outdoor Activities

Water Sports

Fishing Charters









Grand Traverse Pie Company fruit pies



Wineries are scattered throughout two areas - The Old Mission Peninsula North of Traverse City, and on the Leelanau Peninsula Northwest of Traverse City. We are situated on the 45th parallel which provides excellent climate conditions for growing wine grapes. Tasting room tours are popular diversions on both peninsulas any time of the year and are a great way to explore the territory.

Château Grand Traverse cherry wines

The five wineries in the Traverse City area are all located about halfway up the Old Mission Peninsula, just north of the city via US-31.


Coffee Houses, Bars and Nightclubs


Traverse City's "Motel Mile" is along US-31 between 3 Mile Road and 4 Mile Road, although you'll find lots of places to stay at just about any point along the waterfront, from downtown continuing east to 5 Mile Road.




Bed and Breakfasts

Cottages and Condos

Go next

Routes through Traverse City

Mackinaw City Charlevoix  N  S  Interlochen Muskegon
Manistee Leelanau Peninsula  N  S  END

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