Grand Traverse County is truly one of Michiganís wonders on
the Great Lakes.
Located in the northwestern section of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, this county
features East and West Bays, separated by the Old Mission Peninsula.
The area was named by French explorers in the late 1830's, who perceived the
walk across the Old Mission Peninsula as La Grande Traverse, or a long distance.
A Presbyterian mission was built there in 1839, which the peninsula was
eventually named after.
Grand Traverse County features 3 major cities, Traverse
City, (the county seat),
Kingsley and Fife Lake.
The area is primarily known for tourism, not only for its beautiful Lake
Michigan coastline, but also inland areas, featuring the Boardman River, ( known
for its excellent steelhead fishing), several large lakes and forests.
It is also known as the world leader in cherry production, celebrating the
Cherry Festival annually at the end of June at Traverse City.
The County also has a diverse economic base, including plastics manufacturing,
woodworking, food processing, and medical technology, just to name a few.
Whether you visit for a day or a week, Traverse City is the kind of place you
can come back to again and again, and always find something interesting to do.