Traverse City, Michigan

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Traverse City (English: /ˈtrævərs ˈsɪti/, locally pronounced /ˈtrævər.sɪti/) is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Grand Traverse County,[4] although a small portion extends into Leelanau County. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region. The population was 14,532 at the 2000 census. In 2008, the Traverse City micropolitan area was estimated to have a population of 142,316.[5] Despite its modest population, Traverse City functions as the major commercial nexus for a seven-county area totaling over 2,700 square miles (7,000 km2) and, along with cross-peninsula counterpart Alpena, is one of Northern Lower Michigan's two anchor cities.

The Traverse City area is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States.[6] Near the time of cherry harvest, the city holds an annual week-long Cherry Festival in the first full week in July, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually.[7] The surrounding countryside also produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest.[8] Tourism, both summer and winter, is another key industry. The Traverse City area features varied natural attractions, including freshwater beaches, vineyards, a National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and numerous forests.[9] In 2009, TripAdvisor named Traverse City the number two small town destination in the United States.[10]

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