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This area of Northern Lower Peninsula is home to roughly 15,000 inhabitants.
Lansing, the state capital, is about 150 miles to the south of Traverse City, and Lake Ann is 11 miles to the west.
Leave the grown-up world behind for a while and take the entire family into a realm of magic and fun at the Great Lakes Children's Museum and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.
Do you consider yourself a bit of a beer connoisseur? If so, you'll have to head over and take a look at the Short's Brewing Company. You'll find out about the different processes that make the local brews so tastily unique.
The area's wineries know how to dazzle the senses. Meet the committed vintners, sample the delights and relax into a great day out at the Chateau Grand Traverse and the Bel Lago Winery. Looking for one or two more? The Ciccone Vineyard and Winery and the Good Neighbor Organic Vineyard and Winery are also highly praised.
When you're ready to roll the dice, make your way over to the Turtle Creek Casino or the Leelanau Sands Casino.
When you feel the urge to spend some time outside, pack a picnic hamper and find a quiet corner at Michigan Legacy Art Park.
Learn a bit more about Traverse City by picking up some maps and chatting to the workers at Traverse City Visitor Center and Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Visitor Center.
Want to fill your lungs with some fresh, salty air? Take a trip to Traverse City Beach or Frankfort Beach and spend the entire afternoon walking along the coastline or just kicking back by the water's edge.
Need to get away from the noise of the city? Head on over to Misty Acres Preserve and Empire Bluff Trail. Old Indian Trail and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are also recommended by nature enthusiasts.
The Music House Museum offers an enlightening experience for the curious. Admire the building and grounds, check out the different exhibits and be sure to ask the staff about any upcoming special events.
Stories of this region's nautical traditions are imbedded on the collection of marine artifacts on display at the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum.
The array of speciments at the Guntzviller's Spirit of the Woods Museum offer a glimpse into the world of natural science.
The intriguing works at the Dennos Museum Center and the Twisted Fish Gallery are quite impressive. Don't forget to ask the gallery attendant for some more information about the artists if you like what you see.
Stroll the silent hallways and get a glimpse of the prominent items and objects showcased at the Benzie Area Historical Museum.
Step back through the ages at the City Opera House and Historic Fishtown, just a sample of the fascinating historic places in and around the area.
The surrounding sea isn't always easy to traverse. Flashing beacons like Point Betsie Lighthouse and Grand Traverse Lighthouse have saved many shipwrecks over the years. Mission Point Lighthouse and Frankfort Light are two more towering structures. See if you can arrange to get up to the top. The view is a sight to behold.
Travelers of all ages will discover something of interest at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, a premier educational institution. Those who left school years ago can appreciate the campus for its modern facilities, while students of tomorrow can get a taste of what's ahead.
Grand Traverse Mall and Village at Grand Traverse Commons are great places to pick up a few essentials or indulge in some luxury purchases.
To experience the more creative side of things, spend an evening at the Old Town Playhouse, one of the premier performing art venues in the area. After the show, grab a table at one of the nearby restaurants and sample the regional cuisine.
Before you pack up your bags and head back home, be sure to stop by some of Traverse City's other attractions. The Traverse Area District Library and the Leelanau Cheese Company are a couple of good options. If you can fit it in, also visit the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts and Centre Ice Arena.
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.
Situated near the beach, this motel 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 3 miles (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Traverse City hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, Mt. Holiday Ski Area and The Dennos Museum Center. Traverse City Beach and Elmbrook Golf Course are also within 6 miles (10 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.
Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Historic Fishtown, Manitou Island Transit and Manitou Passage Golf Club. Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery and Bel Lago Winery are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Traverse City, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Grand Traverse Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve and The Crown Golf Club. Village at Grand Traverse Commons is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away.
Situated on the beach, this inn is within 9 miles (15 km) of Leelanau Cheese Company, The Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms and Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery. Ciccone Vineyard and Winery and Good Neighbor Organic Vineyard and Winery are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Bellaire, this resort is 0.6 mi (1 km) from The Chief Golf Course and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Short's Brewing Company. Grass River Natural Area and Torch Lake Park are also within 12 miles (20 km).