Ann Arbor is a college town that blends small-town values with sophisticated city vibes. Travelers find that the attractions in Ann Arbor are brimming with energy — University of Michigan dominates this midwestern city’s culture, but the city’s also home to more than 100 galleries and entertainment venues.
Ann Arbor earned its nickname, “Tree Town,” from its dense forestation. The floral diversity is highlighted in its gardens — the Nichols Arboretum has a vast collection of native and exotic trees.
The University of Michigan is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. Their football team, the Wolverines, play in Michigan Stadium (also called the Big House), the biggest stadium in the country.
Budding botanists should visit the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, with plants from three different climates. It includes a bonsai collection in the Temperate House plus outdoor seasonal gardens.
Ann Arbor has many restaurants with cuisine from around the world. Go to Ayse’s Turkish Cafe for lamb, Amadeus for Hungarian food, and Sleeping Turtle for Asian cuisine.
The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology houses ancient artifacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Asia. The Museum of Natural History has exhibits on geology and dinosaurs.
Kerrytown Market & Shops, only a few blocks away from downtown Ann Arbor, is densely populated with local boutiques. Briarwood Mall is home to national retailers.