Planning a Day Trip In Traverse City?

Sweet home, at last! Our beautiful Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, which also offers a wide range of leisure and cultural activities. With these top destinations, start making travel plans!


Here's a List of What You Can Do


  • Morning meal time! One of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons' two delicious breakfast restaurants is a great way to start the day.

1. S2S Sugar 2 Salt

S2S Sugar 2 Salt

Address: 1371 Gray Dr, Ste 300, Traverse City, MI, 49684

Phone: (231) 409-8382

They provide the finest locally sourced, seasonally appropriate cuisine available in the area. They take great pride in what they do!

2. Red Spire Brunch House

Red Spire Brunch House

Address: 800 Cottageview Dr, Ste 30, Traverse City, MI, 49684

Phone: (231) 252-4648

The newest restaurant in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Red Spire Brunch House, serves traditional American fare all day long for breakfast and lunch.


  • Let's explore since you're at one of the most distinctive historical locations in the nation. The Hippie Tree can be seen on the trails that lead off from the Commons. —or explore the Mercato stores to discover the ideal memento. Take advantage of their excellent tours to learn more about the former asylum.

    The Hippie Tree



  • All right, get in the car; we're going to the Old Mission Peninsula. At Jolly Pumpkin, grab a bite to eat and a beer, or get sandwiches to go from Bad Dog Deli.
    Old Mansion Peninsula
    Old Mission Peninsula


  • At the tip of the peninsula, the Mission Point Lighthouse used to direct mariners home. Take a stroll along the Grand Traverse Bay beach, explore the lovely forested trails with magnificent vistas, or, for a nominal price, ascend to the top of the lighthouse.
    Mission Point Lighthouse
    Mission Point Lighthouse


  • A visit to one of the wineries is a must on any excursion along Old Mission. Choose from red, white, sparkling, and even cider bottles to find your new favorite!

  • It's time to unwind with a stroll down Front Street in Traverse City's downtown. Along with dozens of other shops, you'll find independent bookshops, hip boutiques, and the iconic M-22 store. Along the way, stop in for a happy hour beverage; Grand Traverse Distillery has a satellite tasting room, and 7 Monks has a great selection of regional beer.

    M-22 store
    M-22 Store

  • How do you pick a restaurant for dinner in the city? The world is your oyster when it comes to cuisine, with options like Vietnamese at The Good Bowl, Italian at Sorellina, and upmarket pub fare at Rare Bird Brewery. View all of your choices here.

    The Good Bowl
    The Good Bowl 


    Rare Bird Brewery
    Rare Bird Brewery

  • As the day draws to a close, the sunset calls. Just one block from downtown, Clinch Park and West End Beach provide tranquil views of the sun setting into the bay.
    Clinch Park
    Clinch Park

    West End Beach
    West Bay Beach

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  • Bring your tackle box because Traverse City's Boardman River is a premier fly-fishing location. Golfers shouldn't pass up the opportunity to play a round or two at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, which features three championship courses, including The Bear by Jack Nicklaus. Learn about the non-motorized TART trail system, which will take you all over town—and beyond—by foot or bike, if you want to spend more time outside.

    Boardman River
    Boardman River



Have Nice Trip in Traverse City!