This past weekend we took a little trip up north to visit Traverse City, Michigan. We had heard so many great things about this cute little lake town and could not wait to get up there. My in-laws just bought an RV so we so we thought it would be fun to take it for a little trip. Traverse City is so so cute! We fell in love with this town when we were visiting. As soon as we got home my husband starting looking at rentals to stay in for next time we visit. We really only had one whole day to spend exploring so we didn’t waste anytime getting out and seeing everything we could.
The first stop on our trip was to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, this is about a 30-40 minute drive from the City. I would definitely recommend the drive, it was totally worth it! The sand dunes are absolutely gorgeous, as you can see in my pictures above the views are just amazing! We decided instead of hiking the dunes we would take the scenic tour, since we had Beckham with us. This tour did not disappoint. One thing I highly recommend though, is DO NOT climb down the sand dunes on the scenic route. When we stopped at the overlook of Michigan Lake there were a ton of people walking down this huge sand dune to get to the lake. There were warning signs telling everyone not to go down because they could get stuck and have to be rescued. My husband talked me in to walking down the dune which meant we had to walk back up it… it was terrible!! One of the worst things I have ever done, it was so hard to get back up the dune because you kept sliding back down. It took us 40 minutes to climb back up. We were sweating and felt so horrible afterwards. So, honestly it looks like fun to climb down but it is sooo not worth the climb back up. Other than having to climb back up the sand dune we had a great time visiting the dunes and would definitely go back.
After the dunes we went back to our RV and got ready to head downtown. Traverse City is gorgeous, it is like the perfect little town. We parked on E. Front Street and decided to walk around so we could see as much as possible. There are so many adorable local shops, I wanted to visit them all but had to pick just a few. There are also a ton of bars and restaurants that I would have loved to stop and eat at. We did eat at an Italian Restaurant that had just opened the day before , located on Front Street but it was still had some kinks to work out. The food was not very good. One place we did love was this cute little ice-cream shop called Milk & Honey. The ice-cream was delicious, if you get a chance to stop there you will not be disappointed! Other than that we just walked around and saw as much as we could before it started raining. The beach is one block from Front Street, so I would definitely recommend walking over there and putting your toes in the sand.
If you have been thinking about visiting Traverse City you should start planning a trip. Whether you are looking to relax at the beach or go exploring you will have a great time. We can’t wait to go back! If you have any recommendation for our next trip up there please leave them in the comments below!