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Summer’s endless days are made for making memories. Ride bikes along miles of breathtaking trails or play a round of championship golf. In the summertime, opportunities for outdoor recreation here are at their peak. Whether you're a hiker or a cyclist, a paddler or an angler -- whether your idea of a good time is playing a round of golf or walking for miles down a beach -- there's always something to do here.

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For information on places to stay, take a look at these lodging options, and start thinking about a summer trip in your happy place. 

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Go for a Round

Of golf...and then a beer. In summer, when many of America’s golf destinations are blazing with heat, the courses around Grand Traverse, Antrim and Benzie counties are cool and comfortable throughout the day. And strange as it may sound, summer days are actually longer here than they are in the South: Traverse City is situated on the western edge of the eastern time zone, so far north that the light of a midsummer day can last until nearly 10 p.m.

Go to the Beach

Northern Michigan beaches – they’ve got the sand and beauty without the salt. Not to mention that every view looking out over the bay is picturesque on sunny and cloudy days alike. Stroll the shoreline, or run as fast as you can into the water, either way you will be rewarded by our fresh coast. 

Explore Our Regions

Traverse City is surrounded by scenic routes to quaint villages, port towns, lighthouses and beaches. Pack some snacks and take your time on a driving tour. Follow the coast along M-22 or M-37 to see the Leelanau or Old Mission Peninsulas -- both ending at a scenic lighthouse. Find additional outdoor recreation opportunities in Benzie or Anrtim counties -- both complete with endless miles of trails to explore. 

Take a Walk in Downtown Traverse City

Traverse City’s tree-shaded, pedestrian-friendly downtown is really a destination in itself, designed on an intimate scale with over 150 fascinating boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and galleries, and lots of places to sit and relax. Hunt for souvenirs in the many one-of-a-kind shops, browse the bookstores and art studios, or just enjoy an hour or two of people-watching.

Explore the Open Spaces

We love the motto of Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy: “Love the land. Pass it on.” Northern Michigan is blessed with dozens of parks, trails, and natural areas that add up to thousands of acres of outdoor spaces to discover and enjoy. Get to know some of the special places in Grand Traverse, Benzie, and Antrim counties.

Play at the Sleeping Bear Dunes 

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore really does live up to its reputation. Towering sand dunes overlook a breathtaking expanse of water and islands, offering countless opportunities to be awestruck. Miles of beaches and hills on the west coast of the Leelanau Peninsula -- ready and waiting to be explored, and enjoyed. 

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