Traverse City, Michigan, is well known for being the world's leading tart cherry producer. Its climate and geography also make it an ideal place for growing grapes for wine production. The area's gentle hills and natural snowfall, make skiing a favorite activity of locals and guests alike. Be sure to visit the Traverse City State Park, where you can ski, hike and camp. If you're a patron of the arts, visit the the City Opera House, which hosts plays and musical performances.
The Front Street neighborhood is where most of the Traverse City restaurants, bars and hotels are located. From there, you can visit the Dennos Museum Center and explore its significant collection of Inuit art. To get around, you can take the local mass transit system, BATA. Cherry Capital Airport provides regional flight service, to locations such as Chicago and Detroit. US-31 and M-22 provide road service into the city.
The most popular annual event in Traverse City is the Cherry Festival, which takes place each July. During this family-friendly event, you can taste hundreds of varieties of locally grown cherries; sample foods made from the cherries, and enjoy live music, games and demonstrations. Traverse City has warm, mild summers and severe winters. The area also gets lake effect snow from nearby Lake Michigan.