Traverse City is a charming town in northern Michigan that used
to be one of the country's best kept secrets. Not any more.
Traverse City was just been named to
National Geographic's list of the Top 10 Summer Trips
for 2012 -- along with much better known destinations such as
Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Russia; Pawley's Island, South Carolina;
the Spencer Glacier in Alaska; Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park,
and California's Channel Islands.
"The region's 180 miles of Lake
Michigan shoreline basically trace the upper left edge of
Michigan's 'mitten,' " reads the article on National Geographic's
website. "Add another 149 inland lakes that are 10 acres or
larger and you get a rambling Cape Cod-on-freshwater summer
playground: quaint port villages, sandy beaches, historic
lighthouses, rolling orchards, family-friendly festivals (including
the National Cherry
Festival, July 7-14), and summer-only
Traverse City Beach Bums
pro baseball games (team members bunk with local families).
It's a long, 8-hour drive around the
south end of Lake Michigan and up the lake's eastern shoreline. Or
you can make the trip part of the adventure and book passage on one
of the ferries that runs between Wisconsin and Michigan, the SS
Badger or the Lakeshore Express.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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