Discover Traverse City, MI Recreation
Whether taking time to stop and smell the cherry blossoms or spending the afternoon testing angling skills on one of the area's many lakes, Traverse City's residents find plenty of reasons to get outside.
Greens to Envy
With courses designed by such giants as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tom Weiskopf, it's no wonder the Traverse City area – dubbed "Michigan's Golf Coast" – ranks as one of Golf magazine's top six golf destinations in the nation. Learn more about the terrain from Michigan golfers in this video from Pure Michigan.
Imagine soaking up the sun on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, then rafting down wild river rapids – all in the same afternoon. It's possible in Traverse City. And so it kiteboarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, fishing and a host of other aquatic adventures.
Fun for All Seasons
Fall bursts with vivid color in northern Michigan. Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas offer some of the most spectacular views but the season's colors can be enjoyed from just about every corner of the bay area. In some parts of the country, winter is a time for residents to hibernate. But in Traverse City, winter brings another opportunity to get outside. Skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are just a few of the many activities to enjoy.
The sand of Sleeping Bear Dunes accumulated about 5,000 years ago and is now visited annually by more than a million tourists. People drive from miles around to scale these towering sand dunes, knowing that the daunting climb leads to a spectacular view. Changing weather and strong winds bring life to the dunes, causing them to be an ever-changing landscape. As a true landmark in the Traverse region, the Sleeping Bear Dunes are a must-see for any Michigan native or vacationer.
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