The Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau Learn about our beaches and parks, explore a museum, visit award-winning restaurants and local wineries or the many golf courses. Traverse City & the Grand Traverse Area - Traverse City Chamber of Commerce Outside Magazine named Traverse City one of the top ten places to live in the United States. The reasons are many. A spectacular natural environment, neighborly communities that are among the safest in the nation. Housing costs that are lower than most metropolitan areas. Miles of Lake Michigan shoreline offering waterfront living at its best. You can choose a quiet historic neighborhood, or live the country life just minutes from downtown. Or enjoy old-fashioned small town living in one of our neighboring towns and villages.