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The taste of collegiate life in Ann Arbor
Located 45 miles west of Detroit, Ann Arbor offers a compelling mix of vibrant city living and collegiate charm. From its bustling downtown district, which boasts an eclectic array of restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques and nightclubs, to the gorgeous buildings and grounds of the University of Michigan's main campus, Ann Arbor makes for a unique and interesting getaway.
When to visit
Ann Arbor boasts four distinct seasons, and each has its benefits and cautions. Summers range from fairly warm to hot, and humidity levels can be rather extreme. Winters, on the other hand, bring notable amounts of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.
Spring and fall strike a good balance, and are arguably the best times to visit Ann Arbor. Both seasons offer mild, pleasant weather, and fall has the added advantages of vibrant autumn foliage and the return of University of Michigan football games, which attract massive crowds to “The Big House,” a.k.a. Michigan Stadium.
If you're one of many venturing to Ann Arbor to cheer on the home team, be sure to book reservations well in advance. While there are numerous hotels less than three miles from the city's center, they tend to fill up quickly on game weekends.
There's more to life in Ann Arbor than U of M football games. Music and art take center stage during the summer months, and the throwback architecture of the town's schools and theaters never take holidays from the public eye.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Every evening from mid-June through mid-July, people flock to downtown Ann Arbor to enjoy myriad musical performances. The festival attracts legends: Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Cash, Dizzy Gillespie, and Willie Nelson have all played there. Those looking for something more low-key can head to one of the nightly outdoor film screenings. Local restaurants set up stalls around these festivities, giving guests a great opportunity to sample local fare while moving between music and movies.
Ann Arbor art fairs
Near the end of July, the city bursts to life with four annual art fairs. The entire downtown is filled with stalls and vendors displaying art of all mediums, and the area is sprinkled with live bands, kids' activities, and more.
Things to see and do
This beautifully restored 1928 theater is in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. Visit to see its two grand organs, and stay to immerse yourself in the venue's history: the theater often shows classic films, as well as first-run movies and indies. Several film festivals are held here each year.
Lovingly referred to as “The Arb” by locals, Nichols Arboretum features 123 acres of wooded, hilly terrain with a nice network of crisscrossing trails. Whether you hike around or just find a nice, secluded place to relax, it's a haven of greenery and peace.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Families with children should head to the Hands-On Museum, which offers a fun mix of interactive exhibits. Kids can encase themselves in a giant bubble and try their hand at a variety of cool activities and games.
University of Michigan Law School quad
Step through the arches of the university's law school building to enter the quad, which is an oasis of peace amid the bustling campus. The Gothic-style architecture alone makes the Law School a worthwhile stop.
Several major highways provide easy access to Ann Arbor via car. US-23 is the main north-south artery and is the quickest way to get there from Toledo, Ohio. The majority of air travelers fly in to Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, about a 30-minute drive to Ann Arbor.
Recently booked Ann Arbor hotels
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|Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ann Arbor||12 hours ago||$70|
|Days Inn Ann Arbor||18 hours ago||$57|
|Comfort Inn & Suites Ann Arbor||18 hours ago||$90|
|Red Roof Inn PLUS Ann Arbor Univ of Michigan North||18 hours ago||$89|
|Courtyard by Marriott Ann Arbor||19 hours ago||$119|
|Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-North||21 hours ago||$109|
|Extended Stay America - Detroit - Ann Arbor - Briarwood Mall||22 hours ago||$77|
|Webers Inn||1 day ago||$139|
|Comfort Inn & Suites University South||1 day ago||$89|
|Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and Suites||1 day ago||$108|
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Featured Ann Arbor Hotels
2424 E. Stadium
Affordable, family-owned hotel with simple rooms near University of MIThe family-owned Lamp Post Inn offers simple and affordable accommodations close to downtown Ann Arbor and walking distance...
3505 South State St
Welcome to the Red Roof Inn Ann Arbor-University of Michigan South in Michigan! This hotel is a pet friendly, family friendly hotel. The Red Roof Ann Arbor is conveniently located near the...
Overnight for UMS
600 BRIARWOOD CIRCLE
Relax in plush rooms and enjoy great breakfast bar, convenient locationJust two miles south of the University of Michigan, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Ann Arbor offers a convenient...
ok stay- expensive for location
2300 Green Road
Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi
Well-rounded amenities in north Ann Arbor for business or family guestsLocated in the business district on the north side of Ann Arbor, the Hampton inn Ann Arbor – North sits near the Plymouth...
3050 Jackson Road
Chic Ann Arbor boutique hotel boasts business and leisure amenitiesFounded in 1937, the family-owned Weber's Inn has offered boutique-hotel style and service in Ann Arbor for generations. Located...
2380 Carpenter Road
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Find great amenities, small prices at highway-adjacent Ann Arbor hotel Located along US 23, about one mile north of Interstate 94, the Days Inn Ann Arbor makes a convenient roadside stop for...
2900 Jackson Avenue
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Thank you for choosing our Wyndham Garden Ann Arbor hotel. Wyndham Garden Hotels offer tasteful, intimate hotels with comfortable guestrooms and thoughtful amenities. Perfectly situated in...
2455 Carpenter Road
The Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and Suites offers 125 superior guest rooms. Our beautifully appointed rooms offer an array of enhanced amenities great service and extra features. Our spacious guest...
Well run, could use online support
610 Hilton Blvd
Feel at home in Ann Arbor with high-end amenities at mid-range pricesLocated walking distance from Briarwood Mall, the Kensington Court in south Ann Arbor boasts a convenient location just off the...
3621 Plymouth Rd
Affordable rates in north Ann Arbor with complimentary shuttle servicesConveniently located in north Ann Arbor, Red Roof Inn Ann Arbor University of Michigan North sits just five miles from the...
3600 Plymouth Road
North Ann Arbor hotel with contemporary rooms, ample business servicesAlong Plymouth Road, in the business district on the north side of Ann Arbor, the Holiday Inn Ann Arbor – Near the Univ. of MI...
3610 Plymouth Rd
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Basic north Ann Arbor hotel, best for couples or business travelersMicrotel Inn and Suites Ann Arbor – Plymouth Rd offers great amenities at affordable rates on the north side of Ann Arbor....
Great place to stay
615 East Huron
Enjoy classic hotel with posh amenities at heart of downtown Ann ArborLocated on Huron Street, at the heart of downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus, the Campus Inn – Ann Arbor...
1401 Briarwood Circle
Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access
The Hilton Garden Inn Ann Arbor hotel is ideally located just 2 miles south of the University of Michigan and its “Big House” football stadium, as well as the adjacent Briarwood Mall. Enjoy easy...
Really nice hotel!
3200 Boardwalk Street
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Find everything for business and leisure at this Ann Arbor hotelRenovated in April 2011, the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel offers fresh, modern guest rooms and state-of-the-art business services just...
Worth the stay
925 Victors Way
Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi
Convenient south Ann Arbor location, amenities for business and leisureJust off Interstate 94, the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-South sits across from Briarwood Mall, and from the south Ann Arbor location...
In town for a Party
2376 Carpenter Road
The Comfort Inn and Suites is only a few miles from the Chrysler Arena and Michigan Stadium, home of the Wolverines. Ypsilanti's Rynearson Stadium and Washtenaw Community College are both less than...
Very good hotel for the price, near UM and EMU
3501 South State Street
Simple south Ann Arbor hotel with shopping access and on-site parkingLocated at the junction of Interstate 94 and State Street, the Comfort Inn and Suites University South sits just a few minutes...
Visiting my daughter
3155 BOARDWALK DRIVE
Ideal for business and leisure, just minutes from downtown Ann ArborLocated just off Interstate 94 near the Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Ann Arbor Univ. Michigan...
Good but not great
300 South Thayer
The Bell Tower offers you superb accommodations in a truly distinctive setting an escape from the ordinary. Conveniently located within the University of Michigan campus and downtown Ann Arbor the...