Living in Traverse City (Family Medicine Residency)


Living in Traverse City

Resident enjoying a kayaking trip Sometimes we can’t even believe how good we have it in northern Michigan.

We are surrounded by spectacular scenery with rolling hills, towering sand dunes, sparkling waters, and lush forests. We have a great food, wine, and micro-beer scene. We’re on lots of lists for "top places to" bike, golf, have an adventure. People love our friendly communities.

Outdoor Adventure

Known for scenic beauty and recreational bounty, the Traverse City region is a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • With 180 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, you can find a deserted beach even during the busy summer season.
  • More than 300 lakes, rivers, and streams offer crystal clear water for your favorite sport, from kayaking to wind surfing.
  • In winter, grab cross-country skis or snowshoes and move silently through a white wilderness or race down alpine runs.
  • Set against a backdrop of woods, water, and hills, northern Michigan golf is, in a word, incomparable. Known as Michigan’s Golf Coast, the region was selected by Golf Magazine as one of the top six golf destinations in the country.

Sophisticated Fun

Located near the 45th parallel, Traverse City is often mentioned as “a cool place that nobody has heard of” because of its blend of sophistication, edgy fun, and beauty.

  • The vibrant downtown is the host to lively festivals throughout the year and a growing music scene.
  • Traverse City’s food and wine reputation has been gaining national and international attention. Midwest Living included Traverse City on its list of “Five Star Food Towns.”
  • We are surrounded by farms and fertile fields with cherries, apples, and grapes galore. A scenic drive just off the beaten path during the summer and fall will take you past numerous farm stands where you can stop and sample the local bounty.

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