When you ask a Columbusite about their top 100 places to visit, you probably won’t find Ann Arbor, Michigan on that list — unless the Buckeyes are playing there. It’s the home of OSU’s biggest rival, but beyond the sports field is a city full of local restaurants, scenic views of nature, and great shopping. City Editor Mitch has spent plenty of time in the city — thanks to his grandpa originally being from the state — and is dishing out his favorite stops while he’s visiting.
- If you are a fan of Yellow Springs, Ohio, think of this as Michigan’s version on a slightly bigger scale. Prepare for a day of exploring different pockets with some more geared towards nature, and others more retail-based.
- Ohio State men’s basketball will play in Ann Arbor on Sun., Feb. 5 at the Crisler Center. Or, make the 20 minute drive to Mt. Brighton Ski Resort during the winter for skiing and snowboarding.
- No trip is complete without dining like a local, which is why we recommend this 12 Essential Ann Arbor Restaurants guide from Eater. For more pro travel tips, check out this visitor guide from the city.
- You can also drink like a local at these top 10 breweries, according to Yelp. Not a fan of alcohol? Find legal recreational and medical CBD + marijuana at dispensaries.
Act like a local
- Food: It’s required that you stop by Zingerman’s Deli + grab a sandwich made with in-house deli meats, cheeses, and other toppings.
- Drink: Grab a local beer, glass of wine, or cocktail at the Detroit Filling Station which also serves bar bites, burgers, and wings.
- Outdoor: Explore the hilly 146 acre Bird Hills Nature Area which is home to hiking trails, wildlife, and rare plant species.
- Learn: Visit the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art to find local art created by students, or curated collections by the museum’s staff.
- Watch: Sometimes after a long day of traveling, settling into a movie is the perfect way to end the day. We recommend basking in the glow of the marquee at the Michigan & State Theaters.
- Explore: Visit the University of Michigan’s campus to find 100+ year old buildings, like the Michigan Union which was built in 1917.
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