Most of Traverse City’s economy is built on tourism. With its surrounding beauty of lakes and hills, the National Cherry Festival and famous Wineries have created some of the best tourist attractions for Traverse City.
The Grand Traverse Region is known to be one of the most populated areas in Michigan when the National Cherry Festival comes around each year. Bursting with visitors from all over, the festival was named one of USA Today’s top ten annual festivals. Along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, more than 150 events take place throughout the day surrounded by parades, concerts, and family entertainment. To center their attention on cherries, there are cherry pie eating and cherry pit spitting contests for adults and children to attend.
Wine Tasting is open during any season in Northern Michigan, however the most popular time to go is in the fall. Traverse City is positioned directly on the 45th parallel, halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, which is the same setting as the famous wine regions of France and Italy. Along with wine tasting rooms, some wineries have rooms where visitors can watch grapes being pressed into wine, and some have nature trails and campfires outside during the colder months of the year. Traverse City’s wine trails overlook the blue waters of Lake Michigan, making the experience with your friends, family, or significant other even more memorable.