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Outdoor Recreation in Traverse City, Michigan

Many of our guests enjoy getting out on Traverse Bay. Spend an afternoon or evening on the Tall Ship Manitou, a replica of a 1800s coasting cargo schooner that was specifically built to carry passengers. Rent kayaks and paddle along the shore.

Take a scenic cruise of the Michigan lighthouses on the Lake Michigan coast of the Lower Peninsula.

Of course, there are plenty of Traverse City Activities on land, as well. Most of the parks and recreation areas easily adapt to the changes in the seasons. Hike or bike trails during the warmer months; ski or snowmobile them once there is snow. The golf courses near Traverse Bay are thrilling with clubs in hand, and fun on skis or sleds in the winter.

There are several downhill ski areas near Traverse Bay as well. Winter, spring, summer or fall, enjoy outdoor recreation and culture when staying at A Breath of Heaven.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of almost 400 sites in the US that are considered so special they have been called national treasures and are protected as part of the National Park System. Discover why these 72,000 acres of dunes, forests, and beaches were set aside for future generations to enjoy.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was voted “The Most Beautiful Place in America” according to Good Morning America viewers. The glistening waters of Lake Michigan make a stunning backdrop as one of USA Today's 10 Best Great Coastal Drives.

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