Traverse City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 14,532 with a 2006 estimate placing the population at 14,407. In 2006, the Traverse City micropolitan area was estimated to have a population of 142,046. It is the county seat of Grand Traverse County although a small portion lies in Leelanau County. Despite its modest population, Traverse City, especially its downtown, functions as the major commercial nexus for a seven-county area totaling over 2,700 square miles (7,000 km²) and, along with cross-peninsula counterpart Alpena, is one of Northern Lower Michigan's two anchor cities.
Traverse City is the self-proclaimed Cherry Capital of the World, holding an annual week-long Cherry Festival the first full week in July to celebrate. Besides cherries, the surrounding Tuscany-like countryside produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. Tourism, both summer and winter, is another key industry.
Traverse City survives on its unknown tourism and people buying fudge. There is everything to do in this small city.
If you are the outdoors type there are numereous activities from hiking, camping, all water sports along with recreation areas.
The city itself is on lake Michigan and is beautiful. It has two main streets in downtown but lots of hidden treasures all around. There is something for everyone.