Traverse City Accolades

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 the Traverse City area has received over the last few years.


2024 Accolades

10 Unforgettable Small Towns To Visit In The Great Lakes Region (January 2024) - World Atlas
The 24 Best Places in the World to Visit in 2024 (January 2024) - CNN Travel
51 Most Romantic Places in the U.S. (January 2024) - Travel + Leisure
11 Ideal Destinations For A 3-Day Weekend In Michigan (February 2024) - World Atlas

2023 Accolades

2024 Family Travel Awards: Must-See City (November 2023) - Good Housekeeping

The Most Exciting Foodie Town in Michigan (November 2023) - Love Food

13 Top Places To Visit In Michigan In The Fall (October 2023) - World Atlas

10 Quaint Fall Getaways In The Midwest To Book For A Colorful Trip  (October 2023) - The Travel

12 Best U.S. Road Trips to See Fall Foliage (August 2023) - BestLife

9 Best Small Towns in America for Every Type of Traveler (August 2023) - Men's Journal 

Find the Best of Leaf Peeping in Traverse City, Michigan ( August 2023) - Global Traveler USA

6 Great Destinations for Fall Foliage Hikes (August 2023) - WhereverFamily

8 Incredible Lighthouses to Visit in the U.S. and Canada (August 2023) - Outdoors

The 10 Best US Destinations For Wine Tourism In 2023 (July 2023) - The Travel

10 Most Beautiful Towns to Visit on the Great Lakes This Summer (June 2023) - The Travel

16 Best Places to Visit in Michigan According to Locals (June 2023) - Travel + Leisure

13 Towns in The Northern United States that Have the Best Main Streets (June 2023) - World Atlas

10 Best Lake Towns in the U.S. (June 2023) - BestLife

Budget Travel's Coolest Small Towns 2023 (May 2023) - Budget Travel

The U.S. Destinations Travel Experts Return to Again and Again (May 2023) - HuffPost

5 Lighthouses Where You Can Be an Overnight Keeper (April 2023) - Smithsonian Magazine

15 Most Underrated American Cities Worth a Visit (April 2023) - Reader's Digest

Top Golf Getaways Around the World (April 2023) - Luxury Travel Magazine

The 15 Best Lake Beaches in the USA (March 2023) - Fodor's Travel

16 Summer Vacation Ideas for an Unforgettable Family Experience (March 2023) - Good Housekeeping

The 10 Best Road Trips to Take With Your Family This Summer (March 2023) - The Points Guy

7 Underrated Cities for Wine Lovers in the US (March 2023) - Viator

10 Unlikely Cherry Blossom Destinations in the U.S. (March 2023) - Travel + Leisure

3 MI Cities on 'America's Favorite Small Towns To Visit' List (March 2023) - Patch

10 Underrated U.S. Destinations to Check Out This Spring (March 2023) - Travel Off Path

Athlete Choice Awards - Best Race Venue (March 2023), IRONMAN 70.3 in Frankfort

The 9 Most Picturesque Small Towns in Michigan (March 2023) - World Atlas

The Best Place to See Cherry Blossoms in the US (March 2023) - USA Today

10 Cities Known for Food and Drink in the USA (February 2023) - The Travel

The 39 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America (February 2023) - Architectural Digest

20 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the U.S. (January 2023) - Travel & Leisure

12 Best Family Ski Resorts in North America/Crystal Mountain (January 2023) - Condé Nast Traveler

2022 Accolades

12 Best Romantic Getaways in Michigan You'll Love (December 2022) - MSN

14 Can't - Miss Food Festivals, Cooking Events and Cocktail Conferences to Hit this Year (January 2023) - Parade 

The Craziest New Year's Eve Ball Drops in the U.S. (December 2022) - Time Out

The 23 Best Places to Go in the U.S. in 2023 (December 2022) - Condé Nast Traveler

12 Best Places to Buy a Lake House in the U.S. (November 2022) - Travel & Leisure 

6 'Coziest' Small Towns in Michigan to Visit this Winter (October 2022) - MLive

The Best Ski Resorts in the U.S./Crystal Mountain (October 2022) - U.S. News & World Report 

Premier Affordable Area to Retire in the US (August 2022) - Herald Review (Realtor.com)

8 Most Charming Towns Towns in the U.S. for a Fall Getaway (August 2022) - Best Life

USA Today Best Winery Hotel-Readers’ Choice 2022/Chateau Chantal (August 2022) - USA Today

The Most Accessible National Parks in the U.S./Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (July 2022) - Condé Nast Traveler 

Every State's Top Fourth of July Show (July 2022) - Travel Pulse

7 of the Most Outdoorsy Cities in the U.S. (June 2022) - Trip Trivia 

7 Secret Beaches that are Worth the Trip to Get There (May 2022) - Morningstar

The Most Beautiful Place in Each State (May 2022) - Travel & Leisure 

10 of the Best Scenic Drives in U.S. National Parks (May 2022) - Trip Trivia

6 Great US Wine Regions You Haven't Visited Yet and Should in 2022 (April 2022) - Lonely Planet

8 Pro Traveler's Best Road Trip Ideas (April 2022) - AARP 

8 Unexpected US Foodie Destinations (March 2022) - Lonely Planet

Midwest Living's Best of the Midwest Winners 2022 (February 2022) - Midwest Living 

Top 50 Beaches in the US for 2022/Sleeping Bear Dunes (January 2022) - Randall "Mr. Beach" Kaplan 

8 Charming Great Lake Beach Towns (January 2022) - World Atlas 

22 Places You Need to Travel to in 2022 (January 2022) - Matador Network

2021 Accolades

Most Female-Friendly Golf Trip Destinations: Crystal Mountain & Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (December 2021) - Golf Digest

The Best Midwest Ski Resorts to Visit this Winter (November 2021) - Midwest Living 

10 Best Wine Regions (October 2021) - USA Today 

15 Best Fall Foliage Road Trips in North America (September 2021) - Fodor's Travel 

Best County to Retire In Every State (August 2021) - MSN Money

25 Best Wineries in the United States (August 2021) - Reader's Digest

12 Best Family Summer Vacation Places in the U.S. (July 2021) - Readymade Travel Plans

27 Top Lake Vacations in the U.S. (June 2021) - U.S. News & World Report 

The Best Beaches in the U.S. That Are Nowhere Near the Ocean (June 2021) - Fodor's Travel 

2021 Best Beach Towns to Live In (June 2021) - WalletHub 

Beach Destinations to Visit this Summer (May 2021) - Outside How 

Small Town Beer Scene (March 2021) - USA Today, 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards

The Most Charming Historic Town in Every State, Northport (March 2021) - MSN Lifestyle

6 Scenic Midwest Roadtrips Perfect for Families (March 2021) - USA Today

25 Affordable US Travel Destinations (February 2021) - Travel Pulse 

The Best Staycation in All 50 States (February 2021) - tripsavvy 

Top 100 Spas in America (Crystal Mountain, January 2021) - Spas of America 

25 Best U.S. Golf and Ski Resorts (Crystal Mountain, January 2021) - NBC Golf Channel

2020 Accolades

Top 25 Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in North America (Crystal Mountain, December 2020) - Travel + Leisure 

Best Racing Cities in the US (November 2020) - RaceRaves

Family-Friendly Road Trips for Sun or Snow (October 2020) - Neamb

Stunning Fall Drives in Every State (October 2020) - MSN Travel

15 Best Thanksgiving Getaways for Families or Couples (October 2020) - Oprah Magazine

25 Best Wine Regions to Visit in the US (September 2020) - Travel Pulse

12 Best Places to Visit in Michigan (September 2020) - TripSavvy

The Best Daytrips in Every State (September 2020) - Reader's Digest

Most Vibrant Arts City (September 2020) - SMU Data Arts

The Most Beautiful Lake Towns in America (September 2020) - The Active Times

The Best Road Trips in the U.S. (August 2020) - Outside 

The Most Charming Main Streets in America (August 2020) - MSN Travel

21 Best Winter Getaways to Start Planning Now (August 2020) - The Oprah Magazine

9 Quaint Michigan Beach Towns You Must Visit (August 2020) - Travel Awaits

The Best Road Trips in America: All the Great Lakes (August 2020) - Fodor's Travel 

10 Best Road Trips From Chicago for a Weekend Getaway (July 2020) - MSN Travel

Coastal Scenic Drives You Can Take in North America (July 2020) - USA Today

The Best Hikes in the U.S. (July 2020) - Conde Nast Traveler

Michigan's Best of 2020 Winners (Summer 2020) - Michigan Meetings + Events

The Ultimate American Wine Road Trip (July 2020) - Matador Network 

The Sweetest Small Towns in the U.S. to Visit in Summer (July 2020) - AFAR

2020’s Best Beach Towns to Live In (June 2020) - WalletHub 

8 Best Road Trips to Take in the Midwest (June 2020) - Trip Savvy

7 Best Road Trips in the Midwest (June 2020) - Travel + Leisure 

Most Picturesque Beach Towns in the US (June 2020) - Woman's Day

The Must-Visit Small Town in Every State (June 2020) - Thrillist

6 Best Road Trips from Chicago (May 2020) - Travel + Leisure

The Perfect Weekend Getaway: Traverse City from Chicago (May 2020) - Fodor's Travel

10 Affordable Places to Retire on the Water (May 2020) -  U.S. News and World Report

10 Best Social Distancing Travel Destinations In The USA (May 2020) - Pub Club

The Most Beautiful Lake Towns in America (April 2020) - MSN Travel 

11 Top-Rated Beaches in Michigan (April 2020) - Planet Wire

7 Best City-to-Sea Getaways (March 2020) - Family Vacation Critic

Best Cities to Retire In (March 2020) - Lists For All

16 US Destinations To Visit If you Want to Spot Cherry Blossoms (March 2020) - BuzzFeed

The 23 Best Summertime Buddies Trip Golf Destinations (February 2020) - Golf Digest

The Prettiest Towns in the USA (February 2020) - Conde Nast Traveler

America's 50 Best Cities to Live (February 2020) - MSN Money 

The Best US Road Trips for the Entire Family (February 2020) - Lonely Planet 

Best Places to Visit in Michigan (February 2020) - U.S. News 

Best Destinations for Baby Boomer Woman in 2020 (February 2020) - AARP Travel Center - Expedia 

20 Midwest Destination to Visit with Your Family in 2020 (February 2020) - Chicago Parent

2019 Accolades

Top Travel Destinations in North America for 2020 (December 2019) - Mike's Road Trip

Michigan Wine Destination (November 2019) – Market Watch

America's Fastest-Growing Beachfront Retirement Towns (September 2019) - Coastal Living

50 Best Cities to Live in the US (September 2019) - USA Today Money

10 Small Towns In America That Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List (September 2019) - The Travel

14 Idyllic Fall Family Vacations Across the US (September 2019) - TripAdvisor

Great American Beach Towns that are Dirt Cheap in September (August 2019) - Thrillist 

Top Wine Region, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail (August 2019) - USA Today 10Best

The Best Places to Visit With Your Dog (July 2019) - Reviews.com

25 of the Best Running Trails in the U.S. (July 2019) - Runner's World

Top 10 Places to Visit in Michigan (July 2019) - Travel Channel

The Best 4th of July Fireworks in Every U.S. State (June 2019) - Travel & Leisure 

2019's Best Beach Towns to Live In (June 2019) - Wallet Hub

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (May 2019) - Michigan Meetings + Events 

20 Beach Towns You Need to Visit This Summer (June 2019) - Country Living

The Sweetest Small Towns in the U.S. to Visit this Summer (May 2019) - MSN

17 Amazing Places to Take Your Summer Vacation This Year (May 2019) - Thrillist

12 Best Michigan Vacation Ideas for All Seasons (April 2019) - Trips to Discover 

10 Unexpected Bachelorette Party Destinations (March 2019) - Travel Channel 

7 Best Beaches in the Midwest (March 2019) - Trips to Discover 

10 Awesome Vacations Your Fishing Family Will Love (March 2019) - Step Outside 

48 of the Best Road Trip Destinations in the U.S. for Families (February 2019) - Country Living 

North America's 18 Best Lake Towns (For Relaxation or Adventue) (February 2019) - TripAdvisor 

The Best Trips of 2018 According to Travel Experts (January 2019) - Travelocity

2018 Accolades

Affordable U.S. Destinations for 2019 (December 2018) - AARP

Best Five Destinations In the USA for Sparkling Wine Lovers (December 2018) - Glass of Bubbly 

9 Unique Ways to Celebrate New Years Eve (November 2018) - MidwestLiving 

5 Most Romantic Getaways in Michigan (October 2018) - trekbible

Top 20 Cities to Retire In (October 2018) - ListsforAll.com 

Best Wine Region: Leelanau Peninsula Named No. 3 (Oct. 2018) – USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice

The 25 Coolest Towns in America: 2018 (October 2018) - Matador Network 

Best Beach - Sleeping Bear Dunes (September 2018) - Budget Travel Awards

10 Most Beautiful Towns in the World (September 2018) - Select City Magazine 

7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now (August 2018) - Vogue

8 Dreamy Beach Towns for Entrepreneurs (August 2018) - Livability

30 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America (August 2018) - Architectural Digest 

7 Small Beer Cities that Deserve National Attention (August 2018) - Thrillist

Most Arts-Vibrant Community (July 2018) - National Center for Arts Research

The Best Small Towns in the US for Summer Vacations (July 2018) - AFAR

The Best Coastal Towns in America (June 2018) - The Active Times

15 Most Underatted American Cities Worth a Visit (June 2018) - Reader's digest

America's Happiest Seaside Towns (June 2018) - Coastal Living 

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (May 2018) - Michigan Meetings + Events 

16 Amazing Places to Take Your Summer Vacation this Year - Thrillist

Cheap Summer Travel: 23 Places To Go in 2018 (April 2018) - Forbes

The Most Under-the-Radar Food Towns in America (April 2018) - The Daily Meal

15 Best Vacations for Toddlers & Parents Alike (March 2018) - Trip Advisor 

The 20 Best Places to Go in 2018 (March 2018) - Money 

100 Most Popular Small Cities to Relocate (February 2018) - Move Buddha

23 Great American Small Cities to Visit in 2018 (February 2018) - Trip Advisor 

Stay in Traverse City

Plan Your Trip