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Area Attractions in Traverse City, Michigan

Whether you’re visiting us for a weekend getaway in the winter or you’re spending a summer week in Traverse City, Pointes North Beachfront Resort Hotel is close to several exciting local attractions for travelers in all seasons.

Explore the Old Mission Peninsula

Since our hotel’s near Old Mission Peninsula, you’re right next to this narrow finger of land filled with vineyards, orchards, forests, cool lighthouses, and villages. You can get lost in the natural beauty and charm of this peninsula.

Welcome to Cherry Country

Known as the Cherry Capital of the World, Traverse City is home to Cherry Republic. Open all year, Cherry Republic is famous for all things cherry. Wine, soda, pies, ice cream, and even chili—cherry lovers the world over can find anything here.

Go back to a simpler time at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre. Open since 1953, this drive-in shows family-friendly double features every summer night in June, July, and August. Cherry Bowl Diner offers delicious homemade menu items, and Cherry Bowl Gifts is sure to have a souvenir with your name on it.

Summer Exploration

Get out there and see what the area offers! Elk Rapids, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Suttons Bay, Leland, Northport, Frankfort—all these local towns are filled with adventure! Simple beach fun is also a summer favorite (and right outside our doors), as well as hiking, biking, kayaking the Boardman, and renting a boat to explore the inland lakes and bays.

Outdoor Activities

ABC’s Good Morning America once voted Sleeping Bear Dunes as the #1 “Most Beautiful Place in America.” This must-see natural attraction and national landmark contains more than 50,000 acres of unspoiled sugar-sand beaches, inland lakes, mountainous dune, and islands. Explore the 100 miles of hiking trails here all year long.

Beaver Island Boat Company provides ferry trips to Beaver Island, where you can enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and canoeing. Take a guided tour or just lay out on the beach—the choice is yours. If baseball is more your pastime, cheer on the Traverse City Beach Bums at the beautiful Wuerfel Park.

Tis the Season for Winter Fun

Winters in Northern Michigan are special. Take a tube down Mount Holiday, ice skate or dog sled at Crystal Mountain Resort, or hit the slopes at Shanty Creek Resorts or Hickory Hills.

Stand There and Shine

Michigan has the most lighthouses out of all 50 states, so why not take some time out to explore them? Out of the 130 lighthouses that call Michigan home, you can visit 5 of the most historic lighthouses here in Traverse City. Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Point Betsie Lighthouse, and Mission Point Lighthouse are just some of the lighthouses nearby that you can explore.