Our Northern Michigan town has received quite the recognition! Following are some of the many accolades recently bestowed on Traverse City:

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The Credits – #1 Movie Theater in the World

The Motion Picture Association of America, the main federation of Hollywood’s major studios, posted on their website a list of 10 of the world’s best movie theaters. First on the list is our very own State Theatre right here in Traverse City, Michigan! Watch out Hollywood, Traverse City is “Movie City, USA.”


MovieMaker Magazine – Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World

The TCFF is the coolest! Citing our warmth, energy, supportive atmosphere, and awesome offerings like movies on a boat, we join some pretty esteemed company!

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Midwest Living Magazine – Greatest Midwest Town

Traverse City beat out 11 other quaint hamlets to earn the coveted title of the Greatest Midwest Town. And if you been here to experience the area’s natural beauty, delicious restaurants, boutiful wineries and breweries, and culture, it’s easy to see why TC took home the crown.

Midwest Living Magazine—Top 5 Food Towns (ranked #2)

According to Midwest Living, Traverse City is the second best “food town” in the region. From Front Street to Leelanau and from the Culinary Institute to Old Mission, our local eateries provide farm-fresh and sophisticated food. The quality and quantity of fresh ingredients provide friendly and honest food choices that make everyone happy.

bon apetit Bon Appetit Magazine—America’s Top Five Foodie Towns

Bon Appetit’s article raves about cherries, wine, and local restaurants. Mentions of Trattoria Stella, Black Star Farms, and Mario Batali‘s vacation home remind locals of the sophisticated side of Traverse City’s food industry.


Good Morning America—Most Beautiful Place in America

Good Morning America viewers voted our very own Sleeping Bear Dunes “the most beautiful place in America” out of thousands of other gorgeous locations all across the country. The article calls the lakeshore “a hidden gem” with “sensational scenery” that has plenty of things to do as well as see.

The Audience Awards—Top 10 Must-See Summer Film Festivals

The Audience Awards named the Traverse City Film Festival one of their “best festivals to attend coast-to-coast in the U.S,” citing the efforts of Michael Moore and our many wonderful volunteers as reasons why the festival succeeds in showing just great movies!

National Geographic NationalGeographic.com—America’s Top Adventure Towns

National Geographic’s fun and friendly article gives its readers tips for playing, eating, and sleeping. We like to think these are the three things Traverse City does best! For playtime, check out Sleeping Bear Dunes, Broneah Kiteboarding, or Arcadia Bluffs. To eat, remember all things cherry—Cherry Republic on Front Street is at the top of the heap. For bedtime, visit Chateau Chantal for views of East and West Bay and Power Island.

USA TodayUSA Today—10 Beautiful Coastal Drives Across North America

USA Today also names Old Mission Peninsula as one of ten must-see coastal drives, citing its eight wineries and the gorgeous bayside sunset as reasons that this is a travel opportunity not to be missed.

USA Today—Ten Great Places to Get the Scoop On Ice Cream

USA Today’s review of Moomer’s Ice Cream gives readers a taste of the farm. The ice cream shop, opened by the local Plummer family in 1998, won national recognition on Good Morning America in 2008. The Cherries Moobilee flavor pays tribute to our cherry capital fame, but the rotating flavors keep even the most frequent customers on their toes.

TheDailyMeal.com—America’s Best Small Towns for Food (ranked #9)

The Daily Meal cites Traverse City’s morel mushrooms, cherries and fresh whitefish as a few of its greatest culinary attributes. They also recommend enjoying them at local eateries such as MorselsGrand Traverse Pie CompanyTrattoria Stella and The Cooks’ House.

Fodor’sTravel—5 Midwestern Small Towns to Visit Now

Fodor’s praises Traverse City’s very own Ciccone Vineyard & Winery and claims it would be “a crime” to leave without tasting our locally grown cherries.

Trip Advisor TripAdvisor.com—America’s Top 10 Wine Destinations (ranked #8)

Traverse City’s grapes are grown on the water, and Tripadvisor.com reminds us how unique our growing region is. Entitled “Shore-ly the Best,” the article excites with mentions of wine country’s rare but popular fruit and ice wines.

Aol Travel AOL Travel News—America’s Best Beach Towns (ranked #8)

AOL Travel News is quick to give us the nickname “Malibu of Michigan” and boasts that our beaches do more than merit the term. Mentions of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, South Manitou Island, our Victorian downtown, Old Mission, and Leelanau Peninsulas help readers get a well-rounded view of everything Traverse City has to offer.

AOL Travel News—Top 10 Coolest Towns in the States

Here, AOL Travel News gives mention of our historic Grand Traverse Commons, bike-ready TART trails, peninsula restaurants and wineries, and, the ultimate, our Grand Traverse Bay. With highs of 80 degrees in July and August, Traverse City can hardly be beat as a beach town destination!

Livability Livability.com—Top 10 Surprising Foodie Towns (ranked #1)

Livability.com names Traverse City its number one “Surprising Foodie Town” and doesn’t stop at that. The article’s mention of Trattoria Stella helps readers understand Traverse City’s food culture. Most of our restaurants use local ingredients to help captivate a sustainable food industry. The crowds have spoken! While you’re enjoying the films, don’t forget to check out the many eateries, ice cream joints, and wineries that Traverse City has to offer! Explore the ins and outs of Northern Michigan with downtown Traverse City as your anchor.