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.
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"
TripAdvisor (December 2014) One of 10 "Choice Destinations on the Rise" for 2015
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
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
The Michigan Golf Course Owners Association named The Legend at Shanty Creek Resorts the 2014 Golf Course of the Year
GOLF Magazine (2014) named The Legend and Cedar River at Shanty Creek Resorts along with The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort among the Top 20 Public Golf Courses in Michigan
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)
CNNTravel.com (August 2013) named the Sleeping Bear Dunes as one of "20 More Can't-Miss Beaches"
USA Today (June 2013) names M-37 on the Old Mission Peninsula one of "The Best 10 Great Coastal Drives"
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
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"
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"
Draft Magazine named Traverse City one of its 3 “Emerging Beer Towns” for 2012
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)