With miles of freshwater beaches, sprawling vineyards and gorgeous views of Lake Michigan, Traverse City has become one of the country's most popular tourism destinations. The largest producer of tart cherries, the city hosts an annual National Cherry Festival each July that welcomes more than 500,000 visitors to the area. Thanks to the large number of visitors coming through, Traverse City's economy is primarily tourism based.
But there is so much more to Traverse City than tourism. For outdoor enthusiasts, the city is home to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which offers 64 miles of sprawling views of Lake Michigan, several hiking trails and a 10-mile paved pedestrian trail. More of a foodie? There's something for you, too. The city's culinary scene is a mix of traditional American fare, ethnic eateries and plenty of farm-to-table dining options and the Village at Grand Traverse Commons hosts several shops, restaurants and a farmers market.
Traverse City Area Public Schools is the largest school district in the northwestern Michigan area and is consistently one of the best districts in the state, making the city an ideal place for families.