Bay City, Michigan is located near the Saginaw Bay at the juncture of two major freeways, U.S. 10 and 1-75. The city is a major recreation and entertainment center, approximately 120 miles north of Detroit.
The City has three historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, exhibiting some of the finest examples of architecture in the state, including such styles as Second Empire, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Romanesque. The Center Avenue Historic District alone has over 250 structures on the National Historic Register, many of which are mansions of former lumber barons. The City Hall on Washington Avenue is rated as one of the top ten buildings in the state for historic restoration and is listed in the National Archives of the Smithsonian Institute.