Goodbye winter, hello spring!
Spring is “blossom time” in the forests and orchards overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. Take a break from the ordinary and head to Traverse City to celebrate the new season. Plan a cherry blossom tour, sip your way along the Traverse Wine Coast, enjoy a meal outdoors and be sure to spend time in our wide-open spaces.
Why wait to come and explore Traverse City? View our places to stay today and start planning your trip to build lasting memories with family and friends. Top activities are listed below.
The cherry orchards will soon be blossoming. If you've never seen several million cherry trees all flowering at once, you need to get up here and take a look! Flowers start to appear in May and they tend to peak around the middle of the month. See them on a hike, by bike and even on a wine tour!
It’s one of Michigan’s five National Parks and its beauty is incredible no matter what the season is. Spring brings life and a new meaning to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Bright green leaves unfold on the trees, wildflowers dot the trails, and the sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan beckon you to stare for hours.
Take a step back in time and discover the history of maritime culture in the Grand Traverse Region by visiting one or more of the five lighthouses in the area. Plan a little extra time to explore the grounds, take in the view of the Bay and in some cases climb to the top of the tower.
Take a road trip or plan your stay in one of the quaint villages, port towns around the area. Close to lighthouses, beaches and plenty of natural areas Benzie and Leelanau counties are full of things to do! Be sure to check our suggested itineraries for each region before heading out!
This region has likely been put on the map for biking because of the well-known Ice Man Cometh Challenge. While this is certainly an impressive race, it is not the only opportunity or event for biking enthusiasts. Cyclists will find themselves in awe of the endless country roads while mountain bikers will face new challenges on the VASA Trail and leisure riders can enjoy a cruise on the TART trail.
The days get a little longer and there's more time to plan a sunset outing! Pack a picnic (we encourage local snacks and beverages), grab a blanket and a few extra layers and head out to one of our beaches or open spaces to see nature's display. Some of our favorite spots include: Bryant Park, Esch Road Beach, Frankfort Beach and the Open Space Park.
When you find that perfect meal, it's like someone suddenly stops the clock and you are in a state of pure dining bliss. And on vacation, that's exactly where you want to be. How do you know where to go? Trust a local, their recommendations are sure to satisfy your cravings.