Finding the right destination for a traveling family can be difficult. Each family member probably has his or her own unique interests, and it can be tricky to find a place that keeps everyone happy. When we traveled to Traverse City, Mich., in September I knew we would find a good mix of natural beauty, shopping, water sports, food and wine to keep our family of three happy. Unsure if the northern shores of the lower peninsula of Michigan is the right spot for your family? These seven reasons to visit Traverse City might help make the decision.
The biggest challenge to cramming as many activities as possible into a small window of time is actually being able to enjoy everything on the itinerary. On our recent three-day visit to the Traverse City, Mich., area, we were faced with this situation as we wanted to experience as much of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as possible, while also visiting other attractions along the Leelanau Peninsula. So in our attempt to experience the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in just a few hours, we followed this Sleeping Bear Dunes three-hour guide.
For parents traveling with children one of the biggest challenges isn’t what the kids will eat in a foreign land or how many times the little ones will say how bored they are in a museum. The biggest challenge we have dealt with over our eight years of traveling as parents is finding privacy in a hotel room we are sharing with our son. We finally found it at the West Bay Beach Resort Holiday Inn in Traverse City. And no, we didn’t have to book adjoining rooms to gain that privacy. A recent renovation at the West Bay Beach Resort Holiday Inn ensured us we could have some privacy while giving our son the feeling of having his own room.
Way up north near the top of the mitten of Michigan sits the small community of Traverse City and the surrounding beaches, lakes and vineyards found along the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas. Traverse City might be on the radar of Midwestern travelers, but for our friends back home in the Southern U.S., they seem confused about our upcoming Michigan trip discovering Traverse City family fun.