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Ann Arbor - often abbreviated as AA or A2 - is a city 35 miles north of the Ohio Border and 45 miles west of Detroit, near where the furthest exurban fringes give way to country and small towns. Ann Arbor offers all the advantages of big city living with the feel of small-town friendliness and easy lifestyle. There are many ways to enjoy the area such as the University of Michigan, Art Galleries, Museums, Theatres, Cafes, World Class Restaurants, and More!
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GETTING INTO ANN ARBOR
Ann Arbor is bounded by I-94 (between Detroit and Jackson) on the south and west, US-23 (between Flint and Toledo, Ohio) on the east, and M-14 (which leads to Detroit) on the north.
The nearest major airport is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (IATA: DTW, ICAO: KDTW), about 25 minutes away, from which it will probably be necessary to rent a car or have a friend pick you up. A taxi will cost you in the neighborhood of $45 one-way; alternatively, several shuttle services offer pre-booked trips for $30-35 one-way and $55-60 round-trip, with the cost per person decreasing as the size of the group increases. There are quite a lot of airport shuttle services & car rentals, but the following will give you a place to start:
GETTING AROUND ANN ARBOR
Downtown Ann Arbor is not large, so it's easy to get around just by walking. In fact, free parking is almost nonexistent, especially when the town is full of students, so you'll probably prefer to walk anyway. Occasionally you'll find an unused parking meter; you'll have to feed it money between 8:00am - 6:00pm on weekdays and Saturdays, otherwise they're free. There are parking lots and buildings scattered around downtown; they're free on Sundays, otherwise you can generally expect to pay around $0.80 to $1 per hour.
Ann Arbor has several reliable 24-hour taxicab companies. Note that you can't hail a cab from the sidewalk, although there are certain spots in town where they often hang out waiting for passengers, notably in front of the Michigan Union on State Street, and the Federal Building on Liberty Street.
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WHAT TO SEE IN ANN ARBOR
If you want to know what's going on in town, the best guide to the entertainment scene in Washtenaw County is the Current. Click on the link to find out more
Downtown Ann Arbor
University Musical Society
University of Michigan Stadium
The University of Michigan Law School Quadrangle
University of Michigan Diag
The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower
Ave Maria Fine Art Gallery
Domino's Petting Farm
Ann Arbor Alpacas
PUBLIC ART IN ANN ARBOR
Ann Arbor has a number of public sculptures and murals that can be viewed both on campus and downtown. Of these, several are particularly well-known:
The Cube - A 15-foot-tall, 2400-lb glossy black cube created by Tony Rosenthal; there's an identical one in the East Village of New York City. The Cube spins on its axis when pushed, which is a tradition among U-M students.
The Wave Field - Created by Maya Lin, the Wave Field is an earth sculpture, 90 feet by 90 feet square, consisting of a series of fifty grass waves in eight rows.
Alley Mural - The alley mural began as a one-man project in the 1980s and became a popular spot for graffiti artists. The city took the spot over in 1999 by hiring artist Katherine Tombeau Cost to paint over the original mural and graffiti with a new 5,000-square-foot mural.
Painted Fixtures - throughout downtown. Fire Hydrants and transformers, painted in bright colors by local artists and schoolchildren
PARKS AND GARDENS IN ANN ARBOR
Ann Arbor has 147 city parks, ranging from less than a block wide to over 100 acres. Some of the more prominent ones include:
MUSEUMS IN ANN ARBOR
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MUSEUMS
Open to the Public
Closed to the Public
Several of the University collections are hosted by institutions that are primarily research-oriented, and so generally don't have exhibits on permanent display. However, it may be possible to arrange to view the collections through contacting the curators.
THINGS TO DO IN ANN ARBOR
LEARNING IN ANN ARBOR
WORKING IN ANN ARBOR
SHOPPING IN ANN ARBOR
EATING IN ANN ARBOR
A Knife's Work
The Chop House
The Fleetwood Diner
The Gandy Dancer
Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger
New York Pizza Depot
Pita Kabob Grill
Red Hot Lovers
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
COFFEE, DRINKS & NIGHTLIFE IN ANN ARBOR
Arbor Brewing Company
Ashley's Restaurant & Pub
Good Time Charley's
Schakolad Chocolate Factory
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
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CONTACT IN ANN ARBOR
Free wifi access is plentiful at local cafes. Additionally, a county government project is underway to bring free or low-cost wireless Internet access to all of Washtenaw County, starting with downtown Ann Arbor.
Espresso Royale Caffe
Ann Arbor District Library
GETTING OUT OF ANN ARBOR
The rest of Washtenaw County has quite a few charming little towns and villages that you might enjoy visiting
If you'd rather get out of the county, there are some larger cities and towns a short drive away.
ANN ARBOR REAL ESTATE:
Prudential - Snyder & Company, Realtors
ANN ARBOR BOWLING:
Colonial Lanes Bowling Center
ANN ARBOR LOCAL HOSPITALS:
University of Michigan Hospital
Motts Children's Hospital
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Ann Arbor Health Care Systems (VA Medical Center)
ANN ARBOR BANKS:
TCF Bank (734) 213-2265
Bank of Ann Arbor (734) 662-3800
Flagstar Bank (734) 994-7800
Chase Bank (734) 995-8090
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