City of Great Lakes and the birthplace of automotive industry, Michigan, is a famous state of United States located in the Great Lakes Region. If you are planning to visit Michigan then there is no better place than its beautiful city Ann Arbor which is also the county seat of Washtenaw County. It is also the 5th largest city of Michigan and a hub for tourists looking for some attractive places to visit, affordable accommodation, tasty food and healthy environment. The city was founded in 1824 and named originally as Annarbour but after some time the words were separated and it became Ann Arbor, making it only city with this name in the world. A number of bookstores, museums, art galleries, recreational activities, festivals, outdoor sports, University of Michigan make this city one of its kind and a joyful experience.
Ann Arbor city has quite a humid continental climate with no dry seasons. The summers go hot and the temperature varies from 15 F to 83 F around the year. The warmest month of the year is July with maximum temperature of 83 F and coldest is January with minimum temperature of 14 F. Little snowfall and light rain can be experienced during January and thunderstorms during June. Best time to visit Ann Arbor is from March to July.
How to get here?
Ann Arbor is located just 25 miles from Detroit Metropolitan Airport which receives nonstop flights from all major countries and neighbor cities. There is also Bishop International Airport, just 51 miles from Ann Arbor which receives domestic flights from Flint, Michigan and other cities. If you are arriving to Ann Arbor from a nearby city then you can use the rail and bus services as the Amtrak station receives trains from all nearby cities. You can get around the city by Greyhound rail service or Megabus or taxis and cabs.
Accommodation and Food
For every taste, budget or interest, Ann Arbor offers some perfect places to stay. From Hotels and Rental Homes to Motels and B&Bs, you will find everything in affordable price range. One of the most famous is Burnt Toast Inn located at W. William Street offering 4 guest rooms with organic and healthy breakfast, free internet and a bar. Other good options in budget are Ann Arbor Courtyard by Marriott at Boardwalk Dr. , Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites at Carpenter Road, Bell Tower Hotel at South Thayer, Candlewood Suites at Waymarket Way, Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center at Commerce Park Dr, and Clarion Hotel and Conference Center at Jackson Road.
American, Mexican, Chinese, French, Indian, Japanese, Pan Tropical, Southwest, Sweet Treats, Deli, German, Irish, Thai, Caribbean, Continental, Mediterranean, Greek or Italian, you just have to name it and there you go. Ann Arbor is very well known for diversity of tastes with more than 250 dining spots offering unique and delicious tastes. You will surely love the tasty lamb chops, lamb shish cabob and dolmades of Parthenon Restaurant located at S. Main Street, Beer and wings at Buffalo Wild Wings, Burgers and sandwiches at Cleary’s Pub, authentic Mexican Food at Las Fuente Mexican Restaurant and some delicious pancakes at City Limits Diner & Pancake House.
Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Ann Arbor Hands On Museum is located on E Ann Street in Ann Arbor and features exhibits on science, math and technology, educational programs and special events for both children and adults. It was opened in 1982 and was visited by 25000 people in its first year of operation. Some more buildings were added in the museum in 1993 and today its presents more than 250 exhibits. The attractions in the museum are the All About You gallery, Michigan Nature room, an Interactive video screen and a CTN Television Studio. The museum remains open everyday and admission costs $11 for adults and $5 for children.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Matthaei Botanical Gardens are a group of some botanical gardens, natural trail areas and some habitats. It is located on N Dixboro Road in Ann Arbor and is a part of the property within the University of Michigan. The Gardens were established in 1907 with only 80 acres of land and today it has over 700 acres area with a complex of conservatory, greenhouses, laboratory and teaching spaces. Matthaei Botanical Gardens remain open everyday and admission is absolutely free.
Michigan Stadium is a football stadium located in the University of Michigan. It is the largest stadium of US and third largest in the world. It was built in 1927 and today it has become world’s 31st largest venue hosting any sport. It has seating capacity of more than 100,000 fans and also used for main graduation ceremonies of the University. The stadium was designed by architect Bernard L. Green.
Michigan Theater is located at E Liberty Street in Ann Arbor and is a famous movie place of the city. Independent Films, stage productions and musical concerts are featured by this theater, making it a famous tourist attraction in Ann Arbor. The main attractions at Michigan Theater are the Family Friendly Film Series, Penny W. Stamps Series, Rock & Roll Concert, National Theater Live, Young Filmmakers Camp and Cinetopia Film Festival. The theater remains open everyday and entry ticket costs $10 for adults and $8 for kids. You can also watch a matinee show at the theatre for $7 only.