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 list of national rankings that Traverse City has received over the last few years.
21 Best Beaches in the World (January 2017) - National Geographic
Top 10 Cities for Wine Snobs (January 2017) - Travel Channel
21 of the Best Small Towns in America (October 2016) - Architectural Digest
Blog for Lifestyle & Travel (September 2016) named Torch Lake one of the Top 10 Clearest Lakes in the U.S. You Have to See to Believe
25 Coolest Midwest Lake Vacation Spots (August 2016) - Midwest Living
America's Favorite Beach Towns (August 2016) - Travel & Leisure
Best American Vacations for Beer Lovers (July 2016) - Thrillist
Best American Beach Towns for July 4th (June 2016) - Coastal Living
Best Small Town in America (June 2016) - Livability
Runner Friendly Community (May 2016) - Road Runners Club of America
Thrillist (May 2016) - 25 Best Small US Cities to Spend the Weekend
Forbes Magazine (April 2016) - Top 25 Places to Retire in 2016
Midwest Living Magazine (March 2016) - Midwest Living Greatest Town
Newsmax.com (January 2016) - America's Best Small Towns
Condé Nast Traveler (January 2016) - "The Most Beautiful Towns in America"
Hughesnet.com (February 2016) - "9 Most Romantic Cities"
USA Today (September 2015) - " Best Scenic Autumn Drive"
CNN Money (September 2015) - "America's Best Beer Towns"
Huffington Post (July 2015) - "11 Of America's Best Small Towns, Perfect For A Long Weekend Trip"
Pure Wow.com (July 2015) - "The 12 Cutest Small Towns in America"
Zagat (July 2015) - "6 Hot U.S. Food Destinations to Visit This Summer"
Coastal Living (July 2015) - "10 Best American Beach Towns for Fourth of July"
Matador Network (June 2015) - "20 Coolest Beach Towns in America"
House Beautiful (June 2015) - "50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America"
Successful Meetings (June 2015) - "Top US Cities for Summer Hotel Stays"
Livability (June 2015) - "Top 100 Best Small Towns"
Lonely Planet (June 2015) - "Best Places to Travel in September 2015"
Country Living (May 2015) - "20 of the Most Charming Beach Towns Across America"
Thrillist (May 2015) - "14 Best Beach Towns in America"
Smithsonian Magazine (April 2015) - "20 Best Small Towns"
Condé Nast Traveler (April 2015) - "Up-and-Coming Food City"
Horizon Travel Magazine (February 2015) - "Must See American Cities"
Golf Digest Magazine (February 2015) "Best in State" golf courses including Lochen Heath Golf Club and Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (The Bear)
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
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
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"
Travel + Leisure Magazine (October 2013) named Traverse City one of "America's Favorite Towns" (#12 out of 20)
Fodor's (March 2013) named Traverse City one of the "10 Best Small Towns in America"
The Travel Channel (July 2012) ranked Traverse City among the "Top 7 Beer Destinations in North America"
Draft Magazine named Traverse City one of its 3 “Emerging Beer Towns” for 201
Good Morning America viewers voted the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as "The Most Beautiful Place in America” (Aug. 2011)
Bon Appetit named Traverse City one of America’s five top foodie towns (Sept. 2010)