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Explore the True North in your Traverse City rental car

Rated one of the “Top Five Foodie Towns” by Bon Appetite and “11 of America’s Best Small Towns” by The Huffington Post, Traverse City is the perfect destination for a long weekend in your Thrifty rental car. No matter the season, there’s something to enjoy, try or explore. From the sandy beaches of the Sleeping Bear Dunes to the infamous tours of Traverse City wine country, discover why Smithsonian Magazine ranked Traverse City one of the “20 Best Small Towns” in America.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes
Named “The Most Beautiful Place in America” by ABC’s Good Morning America, drive your Thrifty car rental right up to a breathtaking view of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — a 64-mile curving coast of beaches, coves, islands and dunes, some of which are perched as high as 400 feet above the water. Originally established for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations and ancient glacial phenomena, Sleeping Bear Dunes is also home to an 1871 lighthouse and an extensive rural historic farm district. Climb the dunes, swim at one of the many beaches or take a hike through the forest to discover some beautiful overlooks.

The National Cherry Festival

Happen to be in town in early July? Drive your Traverse City rental car right downtown for this nationally recognized festival, which has been long celebrated by the local bounty since 1926. The view of Lake Michigan makes a sweeping backdrop for small-town festival moments like a cherry-pit-spitting contest, pie make-and-bake, 15K race, live music, parades, fireworks, the National Cherry Queen coronation and more.

Patisserie Amie

One of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in the city, Patisserie Amie boasts authentic French fare with a new unfamiliar twist. Since 2005 Chef Eric Fritch has been serving up a premier Traverse City dining experience for breakfast, lunch, dinner and an array of classic, authentic French pastries. This cozy, cute and intimate dining experience is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a taste of Paris over the pristine fresh-lake waters of Grand Traverse Bay. 

Wine Country Touring
Napa Valley may have a reputation, but Traverse City’s water-cradled slopes make it the perfect place for fruit orchards that produce some of the best wines in the country. Whether taking a tour of the many wineries in the area by bike, or by designated driver in your Thrifty rental car, the surrounding Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas are dotted with a wide variety of vineyards and wineries — many of which are family owned and operated. Explore the many awe-inspiring hilltop settings that are attractions in their own right, especially with local favorites like Two Lads Winery and Willow Vineyards.

Sugar Sandy Beaches
Spring through summer, Traverse City’s many beaches are a must stop destination in your Thrifty rental car. Located on West Grand Traverse Bay, explore Clinch Park — the area’s most populated and most popular beach including 1,500 feet of sandy coastline. Other popular beach destinations include West End and Bryant Park with a fantastic view of the 4th of July fireworks. The entire southern shore of East Bay is one long beach of fine sugar sand that’s easy on the feet and shallow enough for the little ones.