“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
If your summer is packed with graduation parties, baseball games and other events and activities, you probably don’t think that you have the time for a full week vacation. Well, think again. Consider taking long weekend trip to Traverse City, Michigan.
Depending on your outdoor recreational interests, Traverse City is a year round vacation destination. However, summer in “up north” Michigan is a particularly ideal time to visit this gorgeous area.
Traverse City is home to over 180 miles of sandy beaches along Lake Michigan. Golf, biking and hiking trails, lakes, wineries, breathtaking views, casinos, fine dining, shopping, antiquing, and more are just a few of the attractions and activities that the area offers its visitors. It’s located about 5-to-6 hours from Chicagoland.
Traverse City sits at the base of the Grand Traverse Bay and its two peninsulas, which jut out into Lake Michigan—Leelanau and Old Mission. Leelanau is the larger of the two and is characterized by breathtaking views, quaint towns complete with ice cream shops, gift shops and summer farm stands. Old Mission is the smaller peninsula, but it also offers breathtaking views of the coastline, wineries and the Old Mission Lighthouse at its uppermost tip.
The Old Mission Lighthouse is located at the 45th parallel, which is the halfway point between the North Pole and the equator. Although the lighthouse is not available for tours, you can explore the coastline on foot.
Lodging in and around Traverse City is plentiful ranging from beautiful hotels such as the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa to chain hotels, small privately-owned cottages and bed and breakfast establishments. Make reservations in advance of your arrival; summer is a popular time to visit, particularly when the Cherry Festival (July 5–July 12) is in full swing.
Pack some casual clothes and comfortable shoes, and start exploring the area. Walk the beach, listen to the water lapping on the shore, relax and enjoy the area. Visit local wineries, discover places to eat, and, of course, do a little shopping.
There are hiking and biking trails that you can explore, and bike rentals are available in town. Travel up Leelanau Peninsula or Old Mission Peninsula, and you can tour and taste at the beautiful wineries located in the area. Traverse City is the center of wine production in the Midwest.
Traverse City is perfect for a family getaway. You can relax and do nothing but enjoy the beautiful surroundings or participate in the almost endless supply of outdoor activities. You decide and treat yourself!
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