WaterfrontLocated on Grand Traverse Bay, 250 miles north of Detroit and 100 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge, Traverse City is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and unique resort regions in the United States.

Relatively far from the maddening crowd, the Traverse City Film Festival’s home is a medium-sized city with the heart of a small town and a charm all its own. The Boardman River runs through it, and empties into Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay within the city limits.

image001Plan your trip to the Grand Traverse region using the MyNorth Vacation Guide to Traverse City, an interactive online magazine produced by the staff at Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. Or take a Video Vacation to Traverse City on MyNorth.com right now.

Check out the digital edition of MyNorth Filmgoer, your guide to out and about at the Traverse City Film Festival.

Visit the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau web site for complete information about visiting the Traverse City region.


Traverse City is the place to be! But don’t take our word for it. The home of the TCFF has recently received the following accolades:

Boardman River

Read more of Traverse City’s numerous accolades and discover all the region has to offer—when you’re not watching films—here.


Traverse City is located in the northwest corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula in the resort region on Grand Traverse Bay. Click here for a map of Traverse City.

By Plane

American Eagle, Delta, and United Express provide flights into Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport (TVC, 231-947-2250). The airport is 2.5 miles from downtown. All major car rental agencies provide service at the airport.

By Car

250 miles from Detroit
305 miles from Chicago
403 miles from Cleveland
182 miles from Flint
891 miles from New York City

Parking at the Larry C. Hardy or Old Town parking decks

By Bus

Bay Area Transportation Authority: 231-941-2324
By the Bay Tours: 231-932-1065
Greyhound Buslines: 800-231-2222

By Ferry

The S.S. Badger car ferry provides a shortcut across Lake Michigan from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington, Michigan.