June 30 - 7, 2018

Travel & Accommodations

Welcome to Beautiful Traverse City!

We're proud to be the home of the National Cherry Festival, but there are lots of other things to see and do in this lovely four-season paradise, too.

We've got miles of beautiful beaches, rolling hills and shady forest glades, golf courses designed by some of the sport's most talented architects, and some of the cleanest, most beautiful blue water on the face of the earth. We have award-winning wineries and imaginative restaurants, quaint shopping districts, fascinating lakeport villages and an exciting art, music and theatre scene.

Where can I stay?

We love our area hoteliers! There are many different ones to choose from in our area. We suggest contacting the Traverse City Visitors Center to assist in finding the right hotel for you.

Visit Attractions Outside of the Festival

Want to find out more about what's going on in Traverse City? Just click the logo of Traverse City Tourism - it'll take you to their helpful website,where you'll find lots of beautiful photographs, downloadable maps and calendars, and loads of information about all our attractions, events, activities and lodging choices.

If you prefer to speak directly with one of Traverse City Tourism’s friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, call the Traverse Information Line at 1-800-TRAVERSE (872-8377). And once you’re in town, be sure to stop by our Visitor Center at 101 W. Grandview Parkway in Downtown Traverse City where you will find maps and brochures for more than 400 restaurants, hotels, wineries and other attractions!

Find the Festival

Flying in:

Four airlines provide over 1,800 seats arriving each day at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City from the hub cities of Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee. The Cherry Capital Airport is conveniently located 2.5 miles from downtown and minutes from many hotel and resort properties.


American Eagle: 800-433-7300
Delta: 800-221-1212
Northwest: 800-225-2525
United Express: 800-241-6522

Ground Transportation:

T.C. Cab Co. 231-941-8294

Grand Traverse Limousine 1-800-350-4502

Avis: 800-331-1212 or 231-946-1222
Budget: 800-527-0700 or 231-947-3883
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 800-Rent-A-Car or 231-933-7000
Family Car Rentals, Inc: 231-943-3896
Hertz Rent-A-Car: 800-654-3131 or 231-946-7051
National Car Rental: 800-227-7368 or 231-947-1560
Swanson Leasing: 231-947-7000
Thrifty Car Rental: 231-935-3600

New Accessible Parking 

Life Beyond Barriers Rehab Group is a proud sponsor of the new handicap parking area. Handicap parking is Lot B and the first 14 spaces next to the marina building (not in the private marina lot).

Find Us By Automobile:

The festival is spread across multiple locations in Traverse City, MI. Please check each event for exact directions. Many events occur at the Open Space at 108 W GRANDVIEW PKWY, TRAVERSE CITY, MI 49684.

Find Us By Shuttle/Charter Bus:

By The Bay Tours is a full passenger shuttle company providing quick and easy transportation from your hotel, motel, resort or residence, and all area airports, shopping and attractions. They operate top-of-the-line, fully-equipped, luxury passenger shuttle vans which are also available for charter. By The Bay Tours accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, travelers checks and cash. (231) 932-1065. Visit their Web site at here.

free BATA shuttle service during the festival (10AM-MIDNIGHT)

Park at Thirlby Field (13th Street) OR Northwestern Michigan College (E. Front Street) and ride the bus to Downtown festival activities.

*Continuous shuttle service throughout the Festival. - Shuttles make loops every 30 minutes between downtown and the “Park and Ride” Locations at Thirlby Field and Northwestern Michigan College.*

Find additional shuttle information on BATA's website.

Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) 231-941-2324 [See schedule.]
Greyhound Buslines 800-231-2222

If you are planning a group tour to Traverse City during the National Cherry Festival, Please visit the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau to find information on group tour packages, charter companies, service locations, fuel stations, millage info and more.