Living in Traverse City, Michigan:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

four local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Traverse City, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked four people living in Traverse City what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


4 comments on “Traverse City”

Traverse City is the gem of the mid-west. It’s growing like gang-busters, on beautiful Lake Michigan and boasts outdoor activities for four seasons. The town is diversifying, which is awesome. It has lots to do – food, music, nature, a community college, excellent public library system. Downside – housing has gotten so expensive that it is pricing lots of folks out. If you have a place to live, then you’re gonna love it!

Kerrey, says: 2023

Traverse City is economically dependent on tourism. A significant portion of local businesses cater to travelers. These vary from budget to luxury hotels, inexpensive to fine-dining restaurants, and world-class golf venues to free walking tours. Most visitors take advantage of warmer weather in the summer months, but the area is also known for excellent skiing in winter.

Lochlyn, says: 2020

Traverse City is a stunning town on Lake Michigan. Although summers can become crowded with tourists flocking to the local festivals, there are many trails hidden in the rolling hills where one can escape from the crowd. Winters see a decrease in the amount of tourists. This is when the locals come out of their homes and head to the lake for ice-fishing and the slopes for skiing.

Cassandra, says: 2020

Traverse City is an awesome vacation spot with lakes in every direction, Caribbean blue water in the bay, and friendly locals everywhere you go. There are wineries and vineyards you can tour or breweries if beer is your thing. The restaurants are eclectic and often serve locally sourced meat and produce.

Maddie, says: 2020

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