Check out the cherry capital of the world.
Hiking and Scenery in Traverse City, MI
Credit: Courtesy of Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lower Northern Michigan’s largest city and “cherry capital of the world” offers plentiful natural beauty for the taking. Set on the southwestern tip of the 32-mile-long Grand Traverse Bay, the area has, in addition to orchards, miles of scenic vineyards. Get your feet dirty on sand dunes and hiking trails by day, and gaze out at the scenery from a beautifully appointed room near the water come nighttime.

Chateau Chantal

This old-world inn pairs vineyard views with amazing breakfasts (it also has a winery and tasting room).

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Climb sand dunes, hike, or enjoy the pristine freshwater beach.

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Drive the 7.4-mile, self-guided tour of forest, dunes, and Lake Michigan vistas.

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Sail Grand Traverse Bay on the schooner Manitou, one of the Great Lakes’ largest sailing vessels.

Boones Long Lake Inn

Juicy steaks and rustic décor make this the perfect spot to refuel.

Lil Bo

The local hangout is the spot for drinks, karaoke, and live music.