One of the communities of Michigan's North Coast, Traverse City is a four-season playground for anyone who loves the Great Outdoors -- a paradise for sailing, boating, fishing and paddling, and one of the Midwest’s most popular skiing and snowmobiling centers. But that’s not its only claim to fame.
Yes, there are transparent lakes that change in an instant from transparent aquamarine to deepest cobalt, with water so clear that you can stand up to your chin and watch your toes wiggle in the sandy bottom. And yes, there are 180 miles of beaches where you can wander as far as you like…romantic lighthouses and picturesque lakeside villages…glacier-sculpted hillsides covered with splendid forests and dotted with lush orchards and vineyards…top-flight golf courses designed by some of the country’s most talented architects…miles of unspoiled forest trails and some of America’s finest trout streams.
But Traverse City is also famed for its sophistication and culture. Home to an innovative regional cuisine and more than 20 acclaimed wineries, it boasts neighborhoods of elegant Victorian homes and a pedestrian-friendly downtown with over 150 boutiques, galleries and restaurants. And thanks to a thriving population of artists and musicians, Traverse City has a vibrant cultural life with plenty of galleries, concerts, studios, theatres and museums. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, a shopping adventure, or an unforgettable family vacation.
Mackinaw City is located in Cheboygan County at the very top of Michigan's lower peninsula, at the southern side of the Mackinac Bridge. Gateway to the Upper Peninsula, it is one of the top-of-the-list places to see in Michigan. Experience Colonial Michilimackinac, the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Also serves three passenger boat lines to Mackinac Island. Great shopping, our new waterpark, unique attractions, live nightly entertainment, vacation packages and over 50 hotels and resorts.
One of the communities of Michigan's North Coast, Petoskey is located on the shores of Lake Michigan's beautiful Little Traverse Bay in northwest lower Michigan. Long a resort area, Petoskey is known for its fresh air, spectacular beauty and, of course, Michigan's state stone, the Petoskey Stone.
History buffs will love the varied historic architecture of Petoskey and its neighbor, the Bay View Association - an area so unique that the entire community has been declared a National Historic Landmark. One of the little gems for history lovers is the Little Traverse History Museum, which includes exhibits that feature Ernest Hemingway's life in Michigan
Wonderful dining and quaint shops are an added bonus year 'round, and in the winter, this is paradise for skiers and snowboarders.
At the north side of the Mighty Mackinac Bridge is Michigan's 2nd oldest city. St. Ignace is a city rich in history luring visitors from all over the world with its unhurried atmosphere surrounded by spectacular beauty. The downtown business district of St. Ignace stretches along the shoreline of Lake Huron on Moran Bay. The beautiful, mile long Huron Boardwalk begins near the marina and allows you to stroll the expansive waterfront and enjoy viewing the open air exhibits detailing the rich history of St. Ignace.