2013's Best Four-Day Vacations

Traverse City, Michigan
Gate to the Lake, Traverse City, Michigan
Gate to the Lake, Traverse City, Michigan (iStockphoto)

2013's Four-Day Vacation Winner: Traverse City, Michigan
Long a favorite vacation spot for Michiganders, Traverse City is making its way onto the national radar: In just the past year, out-of-state visitation has jumped 30 percent. Why? The cherry capital of the world (it produces 75 percent of the country’s tart cherries) sits on two Lake Michigan bays that have clear Caribbean-blue waters, and it has some 150 inland lakes, plunging sand dunes (at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore), 25 wineries, and miles of paved and unpaved trails for cycling, running, snowshoeing, and skiing. Celeb chef Mario Batali, who summers here, thinks Traverse City is “truly magnificent.” And we know he has great taste.

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