Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor is a center of education, home to the main campus of the University of Michigan. In fact the city wraps around and intermingles with the campus. And because of its vibrant downtown and nearby nature areas, it's a great place to relax and kick back after class.
Ann Arbor is known as Tree Town, and that nickname is well deserved. The city has 147 parks, many of which are along the Huron River that winds through the city. You can stroll, jog, or bike on paths along the river, or rent a canoe and let the river take you by historic dams, under bridges, and through lush parks.
With about a hundred restaurants in the walkable downtown/campus area (and more than seventy-five others in the rest of the city) spanning all price ranges, along with cafes, breweries, nightspots, museums, galleries, and performance venues, you won't have any difficulty finding something interesting to do during your stay.
Flying to Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor is 25 miles west of the Detroit Metro Airport (airport code: DTW). Detroit is a hub for Northwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines and is serviced by all major U.S. airlines and some foreign carriers.
Points of Interest Map
This map shows a fraction of what Ann Arbor has to offer (there are some links with more complete lists below).
Here's a color-coded key:
- red = training venues and related information
- blue / blue region = lodgings (downtown sites and hotel district on the south and northeastern edges of the city)
- orange region = entertainment districts (places to eat, shop, explore)
- yellow = restaurants
- coffee cups = cafes (most with free wifi)
- purple = other points of interest
- green = nearby nature
- big "P" = downtown parking
Here are some useful links that might help you plan your trip or enhance your stay:
- For a more complete list of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants, visit the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
- To find out what's going on each day in and around Ann Arbor, including who's performing, you can consult the Arbor Web.
- Another listing of daily events and restaurants can be found on eCurrent. They also publish an annual “Best Of” list in which readers vote on their favorites various categories (e.g., best Indian restaurant, best margarita, best used record store, best jazz venue).
- The Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation page lists parks and other recreational opportunities.