What to do in Michigan – Pure Michigan Traverse City

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Traverse City, Michigan is a gem in the midwest with it’s cherry festival and plenty of places to go. This water front city is surrounded by endless miles of lakefront shoreline – this is pure Michigan. Traverse City is a top summer destination for all to enjoy. If you’re planning on visiting TC, be sure to allow ample time during your trip because your schedule will quickly fill up. While everyone knows about the amazing water activities like wakeboarding, water skiing, paddle boarding, and the infamous Torch Lake sand bar; however, Traverse city has great micro breweries, wineries, restaurants, and hiking as well. During our time in TC, we were amazed with how much the city had to offer.

If you’re looking to get outdoors, be sure to make your way to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This national park is unlike any other with 450 food dunes towering over the majestic lake Michigan. While at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, be sure to do the Dune Climb and the Pierce Stocking scenic drive. If you decide to do the Dune Climb, be prepaired for a strenuous 3-4 hour hike that culminates with a dip in cool lake Michigan.

Breweries we visited:
Left foot Charlie Winery
The Filling Station Brewery – loved the pizza
The Workshop brewery – great beer and food
Right Brain Brewery – has an indoor bowling machine

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50 Comments

  1. Meadow LeeAnn on September 16, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I know some people are saying to go during cherry fest,but if you actually a local you know not to go NEAR downtown bc it’s packed and the traffic lasts for HOURS

  2. Garrah thedk on September 16, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Im a resident of Traverse city, not an outdoors person but almost everything here is outdoors not much indoor stuff unless you want to watch a movie or drink.

  3. Martin Metzker on September 16, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    R

  4. Desirae Dine on September 16, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I do the Traverse City Ghost Tours in Traverse City. It’s so easy talking about this beautiful city. Love the buildings, love the history, love the people! I have traveled all over the world, but I keep coming back home!

  5. Ali Marie on September 16, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    There was a murder suicide at hotel indigo this year and a homeless man had his throat slit by some kid who bragged about it on Snapchat after dumping his body in Boardman lake. There’s also a huge heroin problem and a ton of human trafficking. I was born and raised there and finally got the Fuck out. Its not at all what it’s made out to be but I’m glad you two were safe and had a good time. As an ex resident, it’s beautiful and great for tourism but there’s a lot of dark stuff to uncover.

  6. Bayley Millerov on September 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Please tell me you guys went to the M22 Store and get only the coolest mercy ever

  7. Raven Snead on September 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    You guys should come during the cherry fest ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  8. Teletubbie on September 16, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I swear YouTube is stalking me again like why am I getting this stuff in my recommendations when I literally live here
    Edit: my family raises cows and sells them at the northwestern Michigan fair and my little sisters last calf was bought by mr. moomer. Heโ€™s a cool old man. People think moomers is a big company but in reality itโ€™s just a cool old man who just loves ice cream.

  9. Heather Koczan on September 16, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    I live in Cadillac, which is 45 minutes from TC. Northern Michigan is a great place to live!!!!

  10. Taylor Kenyon on September 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    You should go to mackinaw
    island itโ€™s amazing there!

  11. CORY phelps on September 16, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve lived on Lake Michigan most of my life and 47 and a that trend of three children you should do a drone fly-by of Saugatuck Michigan Channel and all the pollution that DARPA and DARPA

  12. Don a Juan on September 16, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    People up here don’t put Detroit down it’s all Michigan love but when anyone anywhere else in America and people ask were you from everyone says the same thing um from Detroit so don’t get up here and talk bad about Detroit.

  13. Fair & Blue on September 16, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    My husband was able to make it back up the dune in about 25 minutes. He felt pretty sick after though!!

  14. billylo2010 on September 16, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    White white white and rainbows is all I saw. Needs a ton more diversification. Felt a little uneasy walking the downtown district with all the american europeans eyeing you . I was like wtf weird experience . Like these american europeans never left this area before and seen real diversity . They need to get out more

  15. Meadow LeeAnn on September 16, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Also I suggest going down the Manistee river, it’s a really nice river with clear waters to

  16. William Bates 0361 on September 16, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Love tc been here my entire life. Only one problem terry rae on klt 97.5 talks to much. Oh and tourists

  17. Minda Kahn on September 16, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Everything.

  18. maura boland on September 16, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Please stop being ignorant and get to know our country. Its not the heartland, either..

  19. Nick Avery on September 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    TC, MI ROCKS!!!! I live there. You both didn’t even walk all the way to Lake Michigan from the dunes…I have lived in over 1,500 cities and towns and I choose here!!!!!!!!! So many places to explore, even living there for over 10 years I’m still finding new things. Go MOOMERS

  20. Thomas Page on September 16, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    you need to go to martha’s leelanau table in suttons bay

  21. moe green on September 16, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Boy did you guys miss a lot of stuff. You’re going to need a lot more time there to see everything. You didn’t even visit the state hospital

  22. Matthew Poole on September 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    And to think that you barely scratched the surface of what grand traverse has much let alone the rest of michigan.

  23. Millage B on September 16, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Yes sir. Itโ€™s beautiful up there ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ

  24. LUCINE aka LUCY KERIAN on September 16, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Title; lots to do HUN ( surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, water skiing) lake Michigan is huuuge ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿผ

  25. Harper Equestrian 7 on September 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I recommend checking out out old mission peninsula! Itโ€™s gorgeous. PS I live in Traverse City #bornandraised

  26. Jess Parks on September 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Im scrolling through recommendations and I saw this I love in TC and it’s kinda nice to see the tourist side of TC since I’ve lived here all my life

  27. Dean Parks on September 16, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I live in breathes Traverse City my whole life there’s a lot of it that you currently still missed

  28. Its Splintrz on September 16, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Iโ€™m here now I live in southern Michigan so I take a 4 hour drive to here every year

  29. Celine Anne on September 16, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Okay so tell me why ive never heard of these places and i lived in southwest michigan๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€

  30. Thomas Page on September 16, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    I think I was talking to you guys at tandem cider

  31. Yaroslav Sokruta on September 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I live here. Awesome place… just dont come during the winter time. Might freeze.

  32. TheKatiegirl4390 on September 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Itโ€™s heaven on earth! My husband and I drive up every year for anniversary!! Truly our favorite place!

  33. Alexa Chareat on September 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I ran down that dune and let me tell you it took all of it not more 2 hours to get back up

  34. Connor Carbon on September 16, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Careful drinking and biking, not sure how far apart you did those two activities, but technically drinking and biking is still a legal issue of some sort, I don’t know the details but just make sure for future vids! Glad you enjoyed TC!

  35. Raven Snead on September 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    On the outlook it doesnโ€™t take 2 hours to get up … I live in traverse city and it takes about 15 mins to get back up ๐Ÿ˜‚

  36. Jenn Smith on September 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I live in traverse city

  37. Mia Sheppard on September 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Hotel indigo is actually a veiw of the bay glad you liked it here โค๏ธ

  38. Gaming Central on September 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Love to see you in Michigan. Traverse city is a must in Michigan. Always sleeping bear dunes is the best.

  39. Devyn Ramsay on September 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Stop promoting it. We don’t need any more fudgies trashing our beaches.

  40. dan lucky on September 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I call BS on you making it to the end

  41. Don Shaffer on September 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Did school at NMC in the early 80s. Best city on the planet

  42. Aj Ashley on September 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    You guys should come visit Petoskey, Michigan!

  43. Mr Cloudies Best Friend on September 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Traverse City gets around 3 million tourists a year, July we get over 1 million alone. So one thing to know when visiting is the festivals are huge. Like, some of the biggest festivals in the midwest. Cherry festival draws in over 600,000 tourists alone, more then 6 times the population of the county! Tourism is both national, and international, we get regular tourists from across southeast asia, the middle east and europe.

    Best times to come is the late spring, june for Up North Pride, (Traverse City has a week long pride festival! Little fleet is actually a founding member and hosts many events) Any time in august when the festivals are over, and the fall. And during the festivals if that’s what you’re into, personally i prefer the Film Festival over the Cherry Festival. For a town of about 75,000 there are 200+ restaurants, i’d say around 65+ breweries, destilleries and wineries, 35+ coffee houses. Best places within the city is downtown, the Dennos Museum, the beaches of course, the village and grand traverse commons (a former asylum that has been converted into a beautiful community) There’s also an imax theater by the mall, but our mall is pretty mediocre, it has really been overtaken by the downtown area. For restaurants i always suggest little fleet of course, Firefly, Georginas, Bubbas, The Towne Plaza, The Franklin, Northpeak, Red Ginger, The good Bowl, The Dish, Paesono’s, cooks house, Grand Traverse Pie Co, Mama Lus among many others. And those are just downtown, there are dozens more in the immediate area.

    It is honestly an amazing place to visit and live. Just know that traffic can get really intense!

  44. Torri Chan on September 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I know what to do In Traverse City, Michigan,

    Fall or a hammock and break your right arm

    (Traverse City, Michigan is where I live and I did that exact thing)

  45. Nick Stout on September 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Y’all should have went to blue tractor best mac and cheese in the World

  46. Gabe Hartley on September 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I literally ate there today. I live there lol

  47. Kathy Badalamenti on September 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Traverse city is nice but so commercialized.
    Visit Leland! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒž๐Ÿท

  48. lxwh on September 16, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    yo i live in traverse !! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

  49. CORY phelps on September 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Auto text wouldn’t let me finish my message darpro and DARPA two companies in the Kalamazoo River dumping massive amounts of pollution that eventually make it to Lake Michigan I would love to see you do a video on that there’s already a Facebook website dedicated to this purpose pollution in Lake Michigan

  50. Melissa Send on September 16, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I love the video. Never heard of you guys before. Thanks for sharing your trip. I live just a bit north of Traverse City, in Suttons Bay. Some things I would recommend is mentioning the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes are not in TC, they are in Glen Arbor. TC tends to take credit for the dunes(and even the cherries) as obviously its more well-known than the smaller surrounding towns. I say they take credit for the cherries as well simply because the majority of the Cherry Orchards are in Leelanau County and not in Grand Traverse County. As a local, and a Cherry Farmers wife, don’t get me wrong TC is fantastic for the most part I just like to let people know the differences. ๐Ÿ˜€

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