National Geographic Highlights TC

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What does little Traverse City have in common with Barcelona, Scotland’s Argyll region, and Bolivia’s Isla del Sol?

It’s just been named to National Geographic’s list of the Top 10 Summer Trips for 2012 — along with such well-known destinations as Baltimore, St. Petersburg (the Russian one), Pawley’s Island in South Carolina, the Spencer Glacier in Alaska, Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park and California’s Channel Islands.

“The region’s 180 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline basically trace the upper left edge of Michigan’s ‘mitten,’” reads the article on National Geographic’s website. “Add another 149 inland lakes that are 10 acres or larger and you get a rambling Cape Cod-on-freshwater summer playground: quaint port villages, sandy beaches, historic lighthouses, rolling orchards, family-friendly festivals (including the National Cherry Festival, July 7-14), and summer-only Traverse City Beach Bums pro baseball games (team members bunk with local families).”

Brad Van Dommelen, president of the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau, said his organization has been working hard to build Traverse City’s brand in new markets as a way to increase local economic opportunities. “Having this kind of recognition from a credible institution like National Geographic, and sharing space on a list with destinations such as St. Petersburg, Barcelona, Scotland and Bolivia, is nothing short of fantastic,” he said.

For more information on the Top Summer Trips of 2012, please visit National Geographic’s website.