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More cool community: Traverse City, Michigan
During the summertime National Cherry Festival, Traverse City's population swells from 14,000 to more than 500,000. What's amazing, though, is that this gentrified vacation spot (140 miles north of Grand Rapids) feels even more like a small town during the fest. Lake Michigan glitters behind a packed lineup of parades, country-fair-style contests and teddy-bear teas. People here love their town—and they love to share it, even with huge crowds. The National Cherry Festival (pictured) draws up to 500,000 visitors.