The Traverse City area features several paved trails, called the TART Trails. The most popular route, offers picturesque views of Grand Traverse Bay and connects to waterfront
parks with sandy swimming beaches. Good for four-season activities, the trails are used for
biking, walking, jogging, roller-blading, and cross-country skiing.
Downtown Traverse City has bike routes on several streets, including
one near the campus of Northwest Michigan College.
During the summer, the Traverse City area is popular with boaters, golfers, and
wine connoisseurs. Grand Traverse Resort, a recreation destination with
championship golf courses, is located in nearby
On the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas,
an abundance of vineyards can be found, with many offering their own vintage wines.
The Old Mission Peninsula Bike Route
is a popular route with area cyclists. Suttons Bay and the
are not too far away.
The region is also recognized for its production of cherries. Each July, Traverse City hosts the National Cherry
Festival, which features music, entertainment, an air show, and a bevy of tasty treats. Other
Traverse City festivals worth noting are the Traverse City Film Festival and
the Bay Equestrian Festival.