Ann Arbor Travel Guide

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Ann Arbor Things to Do

  • To Do in A2

    If you're interested in what's going on at the moment, Ann Arbor has it's own event discovery site at http://todoina2.com (started by some of my friends, who are UM grads). It's great because it gives you a wide range of options to consider every day.Besides that, I'd definitely recommend Mark's Carts. They're food carts - mostly up during the...

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  • Hill Auditorium

    Hill is an acousitcally perfect venue that hosts a variety of musical talents. If you are in Ann Arbor try to get tickets to a show playing there. You won't be disappointed by the sound quality of the theatre.If you are lucky enough to be there in October try and catch the Halloween Concert. The Music Students put on a classical concert with a...

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  • Take in a Michigan game

    You're at the U, so why not act like a student and sit in on one of the athletic contests? The football games always sell out, but you can find hungry students looking to make a quick buck by selling their tickets (as well as more mature folks who will undoubtedly charge you a premium if they can get away with it) outside the Big House. If you're...

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Ann Arbor Restaurants

  • Cuban influenced gourmet fast food

    The cuisine is Cuban influenced gourmet fast food, and it's good! A frita is a sandwich and a batido is similar to a milkshake. A good selection of salads and sides are also featured on the menu.The restaurant itself is one big room with picnic tables along one side, and the counter and a bar with stools along the other side. There is also bar...

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  • Excellent Craft Beers and Sandwiches

    Fantastic craft beers made on the premises. Attractive oak wood tables, chairs and floors offering a view of the brewery itself. I had the "El Hefe", a wheat beer with the favors of yeast, banana, clove and honey. Altogether, there were 8 available craft beers. They had a great beer cheese soup and mouth-watering variety of sandwiches, salads and...

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  • A Muer restaurant in unique locale

    The Chuck Muer restaurant group specializes in seafood, so you can expect that there will be plenty of it on the menu at the Gandy Dancer. But the reason to go is the unique location -- the old Ann Arbor train station, a lovely stone building, which has been converted to restaurant use and is now bedecked with impressive gardens. I'll admit that...

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Ann Arbor Nightlife

  • Music Venue

    Great place to check out up and coming bands. Check out a copy of the Current to see who's playing and when. The "Pig" and the "Eight ball saloon" (the basement bar) are local hangouts of the town's punk rockers, pool sharks and old hippies. It's a must see.Bands who have played the "Pig" in their early days include: REM, 10,000 Maniacs, Sonic...

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  • Unexpected Brewpub

    The Leopold brothers came from Colorado and studied beer making in Germany. The big beerhall style room is full of quirky games and quiet areas, in a room that was once a car showroom. Rotating displays from local artists add to the fun style. But what sets this place apart is that the byproducts of brewing are used in the hydroponic greenhouse....

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  • Latenight Latte

    If you aren't up for drinking up a storm and getting your clothes covered in stinky smoke at the bars and pubs grab a book or a friend and head to Sweetwaters Cafe. It is a little off the undergraduate-beaten path on W Washington one block west of Main St. Last I knew they were open late (midnight-ish). Casual

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Ann Arbor Transportation

  • DTW Airport to Ann Arbor

    Public transportation to and around Ann Arbor is very good and there is no need for a car.The best way to get to Ann Arbor from DTW Airport is by AirRide bus. With reservation it is only $12 one way. The bus is nice and clean, and the other passengers are primarily university students. The bus has a stop at each of the two main terminals at DTW and...

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  • Driving

    We drove to Michigan from Ohio. The drive was not terrible but the roads were in need of repair. As always we enjoy our roadtrips and I always feel relaxed behind the wheel.

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  • To get there you must get to...

    To get there you must get to Detroit by air. or train is you like. From detriot you have to drive about 40 minutes. this is the easiest way to get there and then when there a car is nice to have. you could walk but you would walk a long long way.

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Ann Arbor Shopping

  • The place for everything Michigan

    The M-Den is the official University of Michigan Athletic Department vendor of all things Michigan. Whether you are man, woman, child, or dog, the M-Den has got something for you to wear. It also carries banners, mugs, flags, cards (playing, post, and greeting), and a range of paraphrenalia that defies description. On my last visit, I found a chip...

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  • My favorite place for cards

    Although my visits to Falling Water are exclusively to purchase cards (they have one of the best selections of any store I've visited anywhere), the shop isn't limited to card stock. They also carry jewelry, household decorations, and a line of kitsch-y gifts -- kitchen fairies and the like -- which seem very popular judging from the buying habits...

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  • Lots of choices in Kerrytown

    Michigan's official tourism website had this to say about Kerrytown: The land on which Kerrytown stands was part of the original village of Ann Arbor. Three historic buildings, the oldest built in 1874, were once the site of the working man's trades - lumber, warehousing, feed and grain. Horsedrawn loads of lumber left the Luick Bros. yard to...

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Ann Arbor Local Customs

  • Drink like a local

    Ann Arborites love their beer and for good reason. Michigan has lots of great micro-breweries. The two most popular are Bell's and Arcadia. Both can be found at many of the local pubs. But there are plenty of others. Also try heading down to Grizzly Peak Brewing Company (which also has great food) or Arbor Brewing Company.

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  • Very diverse. Ann Arbor is...

    Very diverse. Ann Arbor is like little Asia because of so many asian students. They all hang out in the starbuck's...all 4 of them. Lots of Jewish people as well. A very interesting atmosphere of intelligent people.

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  • The typical Ann Arbor native...

    The typical Ann Arbor native is a stressed-out, overeducated technologist, tryingto grab a quick drink or a meal in what is, after all, his or her home town. We're somewhat understandably impatient with slow, confused tourists making thatharder for us than it has to be. Hey, we don't come to Wayne or BloomfieldHills or Royal Oak and annoy you, do...

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Ann Arbor Warnings and Dangers

  • mixed message

    Ann Arbor rates quite low on the risk for violent crimes. On the other hand it rates at least at the national risk level for Robberies and Arsons. Luckily, those two crimes are not ones which affect tourists very offer and the actual victims tend to be corporations and industries.Ann Arbor does have nearly 100 registered sex offenders which is not...

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  • AATA- crime and noise!

    Ann Arbor has one of the best public bus systems in the WORLD- unfortunately sometimes you run into a few ruffians on the buses but they're far and few between. I've heard a few instances of some homeless folks hassling riders at the blake transit center.also, if you ride the bus during rush hour- expect to deal with large gaggles of teens on the...

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  • One way streets

    If you're driving in Ann Arbor and don't know the area, pay close attention to the street signs. About a third of the streets downtown are one way streets and a lot of lights have no left turns. Just a few days ago, I almost got hit by someone who turned the wrong way down a one way street.

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Ann Arbor Tourist Traps

  • The Ann Arbor Art Fair might qualify

    I'd like to be even-handed here: probably there was a point at which the A2 Art Fair was a fresh and intriguing event rather than a marathon slog, generally in hot and humid weather with way too many other people all bent on discovering new talent or simply finding something to hang up in their living rooms. But if so, that point was a long way in...

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  • The Ann Arbor Art Fairs are...

    The Ann Arbor Art Fairs are actually not art fairs at all but the revenge that Sauronthe Dark Lord takes on the unsuspecting. Beware! If you come here duringArt Fair season, you will not be allowed to leave without buying somethingextremely cheesy and probably mounted on a long stick. You have beenwarned.

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Ann Arbor What to Pack

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    by cjg1 Updated Apr 2, 2009

    Luggage and bags: A small rollaboard for our weekend roadtrip

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We weren't sure about the weather so we packed some warm clothes and layers. I brought some button down shirts, comfortable walking shoes and jeans. Liz had sweaters, boots and skirts.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, shaving cream, razor, lotion, body wash, deodorant, tooth brush, tooth paste, contacts, lens solution and my glasses.

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera, memory card and reader

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Jacket and an umbrella

    Comfortable walking shoes All weather jacket Our suitcase My baby in her skirt and sweater

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Ann Arbor Off The Beaten Path

  • Stroll, bike, or kayak in Gallup Park

    Ann Arbor did some extremely sensible planning, with the result that places like Gallup Park exist. Combining a biking/walking/rollerblading trail which intermittently reaches larger park spaces, the city has preserved 69 acres of the riverine environment. As long as there isn't a train passing (both passenger and freight rail use the tracks which...

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  • Sure the Arb is beautiful but try other...

    Go for walks in any one of Ann Arbors parks. One of my favorite places to take a quiet stroll is at the end of Island Drive. The address is:1450 Island DriveFor other parks in the area goto the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Rec site listed below.p.s. My Island Drive Walk has parking available.

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  • Dexter Cider Mill: cold cider and warm...

    Let me encourage you to drive out of downtown Ann Arbor on a fall afternoon, just twenty minutes along scenic Huron River Parkway, to get a special treat at the Dexter Cider Mill. For more than 120 years, it has operated continuously, pressing cider in the traditional oak rack press (see photo), using three to five varieties of locally-grown...

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Ann Arbor Sports & Outdoors

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    by AAGUYINGR Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    To my surprise, there's some nice spots along the Huron River between Dexter and Ann Arbor for flyfishing. Smallmouth bass put up a fun fight thru the fall and decent holes are accessable from the roadside and area parks.

    Equipment: Depending on water level, hip waders are fine, use a 4 to 6 wt rod and the shorter the better. Typical wet and dry flies, I use about any Mayfly pattern year 'round. Adams and caddis are typical fare.

    OK.  This was years ago...

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Ann Arbor Favorites

  • eye on the sky

    Here is a link to a weather camera in Ann Arbor that will let you see what is happening live.http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&camera_group=1&animate=60&enlarge=1&camera_id=DTRED&lid=CENANHCamera is on the Detroit Edison Building on Main Street.

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  • Accelerate quickly away from...

    Accelerate quickly away from stop signs and traffic lights -- don't sit there with yourmouth open, wondering what to do. It just annoys the locals behind you. And trynot to drive the wrong way down one way streets -- sometimes we sit outside thebars and restaurnats taking bets on how many confused Ohio drivers or peoplefrom Farmington Hills will...

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  • You must visit downtown. It is...

    You must visit downtown. It is really quaint and great shopping. I had a great time playing waterpolo in the university of michigan pool. I also played in the Ann Arbor High School pool. That was an experience i will never forget. I loved being there with so many different people from all around the world for the Junior Olympics National Waterpolo...

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