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Traverse City: Visiting Michigan’s Winter Wonderland

December 19 2016

Traverse City, one of Michigan’s most popular vacation destinations in the warmer months, turns into a winter wonderland of recreational activities for those looking for a snowy getaway. Whether you’re excited about seeing some of Michigan’s snow-covered outdoors, or you’re more interested in staying cozy inside, Traverse City’s winter season has countless attractions for every visitor to enjoy. 

Outdoor Recreation

In the winter, Traverse City becomes home to all of Michigan’s great winter sports. With over 200 miles of ski and snowmobiling trails, there’s plenty of room to explore. There are also amazing snowshoeing paths, as well as downhill skiing and snowboarding at several recreation areas. Go birding in the snow-covered landscape for a quieter outdoor activity, or enjoy hiking, ice fishing, sledding, or tubing at any of the nearby parks. Traverse City truly covers all of your winter sport bases. Check out the local ski areas – Mt. Holiday and Hickory Hills – for some prime winter activity time. 


Indoor Activities

Not interested in facing the ice and snow to get in some outdoor recreation? Traverse City won’t leave you out in the cold (literally)! Catch the Traverse Symphony Orchestra  at the City Opera House, or take the family to the Great Lakes Children’s Museum for a day of fun and interactive learning. There are several historical and nature museums local to Traverse City, including the Denos Museum Center, which is part of the Northwestern Michigan College Campus, and features rotating exhibitions. Currently, they have their Inuit Gallery, Discovery Gallery, and a Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon exhibit, and an exhibit that features and explores the stunning landscapes of Iceland. You can even visit the Interlochen Center for the Arts, located a few miles from Traverse City proper, where they host concerts, plays, and art showcases. 



If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and fill your time with some R&R, Traverse City still has you covered. With several luxury salons and spas, you can fill your days with aromatherapy massages and cherry infused pedicures. After you’ve been adequately pampered, spend your time shopping around Traverse City or visiting one of their renowned wineries for a tasting. 


No matter how you choose to spend your days in Traverse City, you can rest assured that your nights will be just as fun-filled. At the Grand Traverse Resort & Casino, the Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge, and the Turtle Creek Casino, you can enjoy a night of drinks and games during your winter visit. Traverse City also boasts several breweries and distilleries, all of which are must-visits, and will make an excellent end to your stay. 

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