Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the crown jewel of Michigan. Having received some recent high praise for the miles of scenic sand dunes, clear night skies, and vistas that span as far as the eye can see, we wanted to celebrate all the love one of our favorite regional landmarks is getting. If you love northern Michigan you may find yourself inspired to hike one of the beautiful trails or visit the beach this summer! 

Ah, dining in Traverse City. It's a good thing we have so many trails to work off the calories, because we take eating seriously around here, especially outdoor dining. Food + the great outdoors = "chef's kiss." Enjoy the catch of the day with a view of the bay, sip local libations and snack on small plates on a patio on the Traverse Wine Coast, or enjoy a laid-back meal with a local pint -- no matter where you choose to go, you'll find plenty of options to sit outside. 

I recently witnessed a symphony. The music came from a group of men, huddled around a table in Leland. Their tools were knives, and their instruments were fish. These men were harvesting the bounty from the Great Lakes for Carlson’s Fishery. But make no mistake about it, there was a rhythm in their hands. There was a beat to their work.

Photo: Bellaire Chamber of Commerce

You may think that you’ve done it all in Traverse City, but chances are that you have only begun to scratch the surface of what the Traverse City Area has to offer! It may be time for you to venture off the beaten path and discover all the wonders hidden in the

Every day is a beautiful day to explore the art world in Traverse City. Our region is home to dozens of outdoor sculptures, exhibits, and murals by artists hailing from all over the world. We’ve put together a few must-see spots, but we’d love to hear from you about hidden gems you discover during your visit!

As any resident, or visitor to this region knows, northern Michigan’s woods and waters are beautiful in any season. But for many of us, there’s something extra special about witnessing the natural world come alive again after a long, cold winter. Indeed, the late Robin Williams said it best when he declared, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” And if naturalists had to choose a greatest hits soundtrack for that party, these would be our top picks:

Traverse City Tourism is now on Tik Tok! We are excited to spread our love for our region across this new platform. We love highlighting the hidden gems, historic landmarks, and favorite adventures of Traverse City in new ways and we can't wait to bring you along for the ride. Take a look below for a Q/A of what to expect with our new platform presence! 

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