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Traverse City Tops the List!

Those of us who live in Traverse City already know what a special place it is. Just the same, it’s always nice to hear what others say about this great town and its surroundings. Here’s a sampling of some of the national rankings Traverse City has been included in recent months:

Livability.com (July 2014) listed Traverse City as a Top 10 Small Town as well as a listing in June 2014 as one of America’s Top 10 Foodie Towns.

The Huffington Post (June 2014) named Traverse City one of “Six Small Towns to Visit This Summer.”

Coastal Living (May 2014) named Traverse City, Empire and Suttons Bay “Michigan’s Three Best Beach Towns.

Family Fun Magazine (April 2014) listed Sleeping Bear Dunes as one of the Top 10 National Parks for Families.

The Weather Channel (April 2014) listed Torch Lake as one of the world’s 50 clearest waters.

Travel + Leisure Magazine (April 2014) listed the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail as one of America’s Most Scenic Waterside Drives

 

Travel + Leisure Magazine (February 2014) listed Traverse City one of "America’s 20 Most Romantic Towns".

Redbook Magazine (January 2014) listed Traverse City among its "Best Travel Finds for 2014".

Lonely Planet (December 2013) named Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Michigan's  ‘Gold Coast’ as the "Top US Travel Destination for 2014".

The Daily Meal (November 2013) listed Traverse City as one of "America's 11 Best Small Towns for Food".

Travel + Leisure Magazine (October 2013) named Traverse City one of "America's Favorite Towns" (#12 out of 20)

FlipKey/TripAdvisor (October 2013) named Traverse City one of their "Top Midwest Travel Spots"

Fodor's (August 2013) named Traverse City one of it's "5 Midwestern Small Towns to Visit Now"

CNNTravel.com (August 2013) named the Sleeping Bear Dunes as one of "20 More Can't-Miss Beaches"

Livability (July 2013) listed Traverse City #8 on their "Best Small Towns, 2013" list.

The Knot (June 2013) named the Sleeping Bear Dunes as one of the "10 Most Adventurous Honeymoon".

USA Today (June 2013) names M-37 on the Old Mission Peninsula one of "The Best 10 Great Coastal Drives".

BoatUS (May 2013) listed Traverse City as one of its "Ten Great Boating Towns" for Retirement.

USA Today: The Best (May 2013) named Traverse City among the "12 Best Places to Retire in the USA"

Trekaroo.com (May 2013) named Traverse City one of the "Top 10 Things for Families to Do in Michigan"

Family Fun (April 2013) named Traverse City one of "America's Top 10 Tourist Towns" and the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes one of the 10 Favorite Family Destinations and Top 10 Nature Escapes

Child playing along the shore of West Grand Traverse Bay during summerFodor's (March 2013) named Traverse City one of the "10 Best Small Towns in America"

Away.com (Jan. 2013) named Traverse City one of its "Top Ten Places for a Four-Day Vacation in the U.S."

Golf Digest (Dec. 2012) named Traverse City one of "America's  Top 10 Best Buddies-Trip Golf Destinations"

 Livability.com (Nov. 2012) named Traverse City one of "America's Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destinations"

Money Magazine (Nov. 2012) ranked Traverse City among the "Top 25 Best Places to Retire"

The A List (Sept. 2012) ranked Traverse City #7 in its list of the Top 10 Golf Cities in the U.S.

The Travel Channel (July 2012) ranked Traverse City among the "Top 7 Beer Destinations in North America"

Midwest Living (July 2012) ranked Traverse City one of "25 Coolest Midwest Vacation Spots"

National Geographic named Traverse City one of its "Top 10 Best Summer Trips for 2012"

American Profile (April 2012) named Empire Beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes America’s  "Best Landlocked Beach"

Outdoor Life (April 2012) named Traverse City one of the 35 “Best Hunting and Fishing Towns in the US!

Budget Travel (Feb. 2012) named Traverse City one of the 11 “Coolest Winter Places in America”

Supplies for craft beer stack up in Downtown TraverseDraft Magazine named Traverse City one of its 3 “Emerging Beer Towns” for 2012

Best Places USA (Oct 2011) gave Traverse City the top spot in its list of 10 of America’s Best Beach Towns

US News & World Report (Oct. 2011) named Traverse City one of the Top 10 Places to retire in 2012

Livability.com (Oct. 2011) named Traverse City one of the top 10 Cities for Book Lovers

Outside Magazine (Oct. 2011) listed Traverse City as one of 18 towns where “Life is Better”

Yahoo.com (Sept. 2011) named the Sleeping Bear Dunes one of the Top 5 'non-ocean beach" destinations in North America

Touring & Tasting (Aug. 2011) called the Old Mission Peninsula one of its Seven Top Wine Regions to Watch. (The only non-California region on the list.)

Hiking along the Empire Bluff Trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National LakeshoreGood Morning America viewers voted the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as "The Most Beautiful Place in America” (Aug. 2011)

“Dr. Beach” (July 2011) listed the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as the best beach on the Great Lakes

Bicycling Magazine (July 2011) listed Traverse City as one of the “Six Best Cities for a Bike Vacation”

Links Magazine listed Traverse City as one of America’s Top 20 Golf Cities

Boating Magazine (June 2011) named Traverse City one of 10 Best Places to Live & Boat

USA Today (March  2011) named Sleeping Bear Dunes one of the Top 10 Places to Watch Wildlife

USA Today (Oct. 2010) named Traverse City one of the Top 10 Places to Enjoy Local Wines

TripAdvisor.com (Oct. 2010) named Traverse City one of America’s “Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations"

Triathlete Magazine (Oct. 2010) said Traverse City is “one of the top Tri towns in the US"

Girlfriends gather for a night out in Downtown Traverse CityBon Appetit named Traverse City one of America’s five top foodie towns (Sept. 2010)

AOL Travel News (June 2010) gave Traverse City the #8 spot in its list of America’s Top Ten Beach Towns, and named Traverse City one of the Top 10 “Coolest Towns in the States”

TripAdvisor.com (May 2010) listed Traverse City in second place in “Our Top 10 Charming Small Towns.” (First Place went to Carmel, CA.)

Livability.com (April 2010) listed Traverse City in first place in its Top 10 list of Surprising Foodie Towns, after surveying 200 American cities

TripAdvisor.com (Oct. 2009) listed Traverse City as one of America’s Top 10 Wine Destinations

Midwest Living placed TC in first place in its list of the Midwest’s Five Top Food Towns in 2009 and 2010

NationalGeographic.com (Oct. 2009) listed Traverse City as one of America's Top Adventure Towns

Money Magazine (Sept. 2009) listed Traverse City as #3 on its list of 25 Best Places to Retire

USA Weekend (July 2009) listed Traverse City as #4 in its list of Five Great Towns to Retire

Download our Traverse City Tops the List poster below!