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Traverse City Attractions & Activities

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS & DAY TRIP IDEAS

Traverse City, Michigan offers an endless array of outdoor recreation, shopping and dining, and activities for visitors of all ages. With so much to see and experience during your stay with us, please find some of our suggestions to enjoy all Northern Michigan has to offer:

• Experience one of the most charming downtown areas in America, Downtown Traverse City. A short 10-minute walk from DELAMAR, Downtown Traverse City offers many shopping, dining, and entertainment options to choose.

• Enjoy the best of West Grand Traverse Bay with private charters, sunset cruises & watercraft rentals, all available for rental on-property. 

• Named “The Most Beautiful Place in America” by ABC’s Good Morning America, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located about 25 miles west of Traverse City. Originally formed by glaciers, the Sleeping Bear Dunes are a breathtaking, historic landmark in Northern Michigan that offer some of the most beautiful views of Lake Michigan. 

• A popular trail amongst runners and bikers, the Traverse Area Recreation Trail (TART) is a paved, non-motorized trail in Michigan spanning 10.5 miles in length. Part of U.S. Bicycle Route 35, the TART runs parallel to the lakeshore in certain parts, as well as right by the Traverse City State Park, offering patrons a variety of beautiful scenery.

• Visit Clinch Park, the area’s most popular beach, featuring picnic tables, lifeguards, and snack bars.

• Sip locally crafted wine as you explore ten plus wineries on Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail.

• Escape for the day to Leelanau Peninsula. Featuring 25 wineries, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, & the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, there is no shortage of places to see and explore. 

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is now one of the largest historic preservation and adaptive reuse developments in the country. Once an asylum, The Village is now a hip neighborhood for dining, shopping, and coffee-sipping.

• Visit Leland and explore Fishtown. A small historic town, known as one of the last working fishing districts of the Great Lakes, Fishtown is filled with local shops and restaurants. A must-try in Fishtown is Village Cheese Shanty, a famous sandwich shop known for its iconic pretzel sub sandwiches.