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This area of Northern Lower Peninsula has nearly 15,000 inhabitants.
You'll find this destination approximately 150 miles from Lansing, the state capital of Michigan. It's also about 11 miles from Lake Ann.
The Great Lakes Children's Museum and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf are fun and exciting activities, offering an afternoon of entertainment for kids of all ages.
There's a good chance you have already tasted Traverse City's various beers, so why not head over to the Short's Brewing Company and find out why it's so delicious? If you're lucky, there might be a few samples lying around!
There's nothing more enjoyable than a superb glass of wine. Sample what this region has to offer at the Chateau Grand Traverse and the Bel Lago Winery. Ready for one or two more? The Ciccone Vineyard and Winery and Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery are also very popular.
Whether you're into table games or you simply enjoy the exciting atmosphere of casinos, a safe bet here is the Turtle Creek Casino or the Leelanau Sands Casino.
Pack some lunch and take some time out in the leafy, green surroundings of Michigan Legacy Art Park and Misty Acres Preserve. There's also plenty of room to relax at Leelanau State Park and Bryant Park.
Traverse City Visitor Center and Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Visitor Center are worth dropping in on if you're wanting some tips on what to see and do in Traverse City.
Torch Lake Park is a lovely place to spot the local wildlife and skim some stones across the water.
Treat yourself to a restful time at Traverse City Beach or Frankfort Beach. Listen to the seabirds squawking overhead, taste the fresh ocean air and take a pleasant walk along the lovely coastline. You'll be feeling like new in no time.
Need a break from the noise of the city? Make your way over to Empire Bluff Trail and Old Indian Trail. Nature lovers will also have an excellent time at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve.
Schedule a visit to some of the delightful cultural institutions in the area. The Dennos Museum Center and the Benzie Area Historical Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. The Music House Museum and the Guntzviller's Spirit of the Woods Museum are also worth looking at.
Study obsolete watercraft models and other interesting artifacts as you voyage through the displays at the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum.
Want to feel inspired? Fill up your day with art exhibitions and wonderful creations at the Twisted Fish Gallery.
This destination honors its past by preserving many of its heritage structures and sites, such as the City Opera House and Historic Fishtown. A visit to one of these locations will transport you back through the mists of time.
The surrounding oceanscape hasn't always been easy to navigate. Towering beacons such as Point Betsie Lighthouse and Grand Traverse Lighthouse have doubtlessly helped prevent many shipwrecks over the years. Mission Point Lighthouse and Frankfort Light are also towering local landmarks. See if you can arrange to climb the stairs to the top. The view is a real treat.
Every school has its own character and history, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts is no different. An influential part of the local scene, it makes an interesting destination for anyone who plans on furthering their education.
To browse through stores or enjoy a light meal, spend a few hours at Grand Traverse Mall or Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
To catch some home-grown or touring acts, reserve seats at the Old Town Playhouse, one of the great performing art venues in the area. Head off well before showtime and have a few pre-show drinks at one of the nearby eateries.
This region's most famed sights can overshadow its less touristy, but equally fascinating attractions. The Traverse Area District Library and the Leelanau Cheese Company are two good options. If you can squeeze it in, also visit the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts and Centre Ice Arena.
Securing a booking for a welcoming hotel is important if you're after a truly relaxing vacation. You can encounter all sorts of Traverse City hotels on Expedia's comprehensive lodging guide.
Located in the heart of Traverse City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Traverse City Beach, City Opera House and Old Town Playhouse. Traverse City Visitor Center and Traverse Area District Library are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, Bryant Park and Mt. Holiday Ski Area. The Dennos Museum Center is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.
Offering ski-in/ski-out access, this resort in Thompsonville is in the mountains, within 6 mi (10 km) of Michigan Legacy Art Park and Misty Acres Preserve, and close to winter activities such as snowmobiling. Chestnut Hills Golf Course and Pinecroft Golf Course are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mt. Holiday Ski Area and The Dennos Museum Center. Bryant Park is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, Bryant Park and Mt. Holiday Ski Area. The Dennos Museum Center is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of The Dennos Museum Center and Bryant Park. Traverse Area District Library and Traverse City Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated on the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Mt. Holiday Ski Area. The Dennos Museum Center and Centre Ice Arena are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Bellaire, this resort is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from The Chief Golf Course and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Short's Brewing Company. Grass River Natural Area and Torch Lake Park are also within 12 miles (20 km).