Framed by the Grand Traverse Bay, the expansive cherry farms and the woodlands, Traverse City in Michigan lures travelers with its scenic freshwater beaches, vineyards and abundant outdoor attractions. Perhaps the most spectacular feature of America’s chart cherry capital is its sandy shoreline washed by the warm water of the Bay. The beaches located on the Lower Peninsular of Michigan are the best-kept secrets of America. If you are planning a trip to this American city in search of sun and sand to relax your stressed body, do not miss the following beaches of the region.
1. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park
Voted by tens of thousands of viewers of ABC’s popular program Good Morning America as the “Most Beautiful Place in America”, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a serene location for observing Mother Nature decked out in her best. For outdoor enthusiasts, Sleeping Bear Dune is the perfect spot for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and hiking. The quaint towns in the neighborhood of the beach are full of small inns and eateries. You can also sample the famous tart cherries of Traverse City in the Cherry Republic. Don’t forget to explore the monumental sand dunes that give the National Park its name.
2. Clinch Park beach
Clinch Park is one of the most popular beaches of Traverse City. The 1500-foot long shoreline overlooks the West Grand Traverse Bay. On weekends or on holidays in the summer months, the beach is crowded with picnickers and vacationers. The beach is dotted with picnic tables and restrooms. In the summer weekends, boaters flock to Clinch Park. However, if you are searching for a quieter spot, travel eastwards towards the mouth of the Boardman River. The adjoining Clinch Park zoo is an added attraction of the region.
3. Bryant Park beach
Located on the eastern arm of Traverse City, Bryant Park is a great spot for enjoying the warm afternoon sun. This is also the best place to watch the sun set. For families and small children, Bryant Park is an impressive picnic spot with picnic tables and grills under the shade of pine trees. Here kids could run around in the playground and adults could swim in the warm water.
4. East Bay Park beach
East Bay Park is the favorite destination for children and adults who are yet to master their swimming skills. The shallow water of the region located in the peaceful neighborhood in the eastern wing of Traverse City is one of the safest swimming spots. The shallow slopping sandy beach is sheltered by rows of pine trees. East Bay Park boasts of picnic tables, restrooms, playground and a lifeguard station.
5. Volleyball beach
The small peaceful beach is one of the finest places in Traverse City for beating the summer heat. The sandy shore is perfect for basking in the morning sun. Volleyball beach, as the name suggests, boasts of beach volleyball courts. This newest beach of Traverse City was the venue of 2005 beach volleyball World Cup tournament. It is a great place to stay in shape. And when you are not playing volleyball, you can snorkel and swim in the warm water.