Traverse City Attractions: Northern Michigan Summer Vacation Ideas

Traverse City Attractions: Just in time for summer, National Geographic travel editors compiled a list of the top 10 Best Summer Trips 2012. Out of the 10, only four of these vacation destination hot spots were in the United States … and Traverse City made the cut! National Geographic shares why, out of everywhere in the world, you should take a Traverse City vacation this summer:

Traverse City is the biggest little beach town on the “Third Coast”—the U.S. shores of the eight-state Great Lakes coastline. Add the region’s 180 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and another 149 inland lakes that are 10 acres or larger and you get a rambling Cape Cod-on-freshwater summer playground in Northern Michigan: quaint port villages, sandy beaches, historic lighthouses, rolling orchards and family-friendly festivals (including the National Cherry Festival). Head northwest to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Northern Michigan’s monumental sandbox is best known for its 150-foot Dune Climb…

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