Plan a Michigan “staycation” in Traverse City

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you’re looking to travel, but want to stay local, there are a ton of cities in Michigan that have lots of things to do. Traverse City is one of those places. The city has been featured in several lists as a top summer travel destination and as one of America’s most romantic towns.

Fodor’s Travel listed Traverse City among America’s 10 Best Small Towns. 

We’ve scoured the web looking for recommendations and reviews of places and activities you must do! To get your “staycation” in Traverse City started, here are four activities you should try.

1.  The Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes
The Sleeping Bear Dunes Photo: David Wilson/Flickr

The Sleeping Bear Dunes is a 64-mile stretch of beaches, islands and dunes. Some dunes reach as high as 400 feet. The best part of The Sleeping Bear Dunes is the Dune Climb. It’s your chance to climb and explore the dunes first-hand.

“A drive through Pierce Stocking scenic drive will give you a good taste of what’s out there.”  Yelp Review

Related: 15 Great Staycation Ideas

2. Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum 

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum Photo: Andrew Kalat/Flickr

When you visit the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum you can see how lighthouse keepers and their families lived in the 1920’s. The lighthouse has been in service for more than 150 years and it’s a great opportunity to get a look into the past.

“Tour was interesting; kids really liked being able to climb up into the lighthouse; also has a nice grassy area to have a picnic.” Trip Advisor Review

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3. Chateau Grand Traverse Winery

Chateau Grand Traverse Winery
Photo: Chateau Grand Traverse Winery

Traverse isn’t just a great place for cherries; it’s also a great place for wine. Enjoy a wine tasting and tour of Chateau Grand Traverse Winery while you’re in the city.

“Great selection of wines, many are award winning and the prices are good too.” Yelp Review.

4. Grand Traverse Tours 

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Photo: Grand Traverse Tour

Interested in seeing Traverse City at a glance? What about Distilleries? Breweries? Additional wineries? A Traverse City Tour is the answer. Packages include sightseeing tours that cover Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore, Leelanau Peninsula, historic Old Mission Peninsula, as well as the historic Traverse City area. Distillery, brewery and winery tours cover popular locations in Traverse City.

“Awesome tour of Old Mission peninsula with our driver Jimmy. He did a fantastic job of giving us history and stories of the region. Highly recommend this tour!!” Yelp Review

Want more ideas? Check out this list and come back to our website for our next guide coming soon:  Plan a West Michigan “staycation” in Grand Rapids.

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