Downtown Ann Arbor

Vibrant History Abounds with Heritage Tours

You don’t need a “Back to the Future” DeLorean to visit Washtenaw County’s past. Any car, or even just a smartphone, will do. Yes, Washtenaw County’s Office of Community & Economic Development recently began translating heritage tours into “story maps” via an app called Vamonde. “It’s this exciting…

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10 Unique Things to See When Visiting EMU

Not only does Eastern Michigan University have tons of resources and activities for students and faculty, but many of those are available for public view or exploration. Read on to learn more about what there is to see as a visitor to EMU: 1. Art Walk Take a self-guided art walk throughout campus…

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Airborne! Bomber Rides in the Yankee Lady

What is it like to fly in a WW II bomber? There is not much to compare it to. It is sort of like riding in a time machine, back to the 1940’s. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ride in a B-17 Bomber out of the Willow Run Airport. The B-17 at Willow Run, nicknamed the Yankee Lady, is a…

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3 Historical Museums to Explore at U-M

How awesome is it that Ann Arbor is home to world-class museums housed at the University of Michigan, with totally free admission? When you visit the Ann Arbor area, you’re walking into a treasure trove of knowledge and wonder, in no small part because of these free museum experiences at U-M. Here…

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#Ypsireal Instas we Love: 2018

Well, Ypsilantians, you've done it again. 2018 was an epic year for your Instagram feed, and we're honored and grateful that you used #ypsireal to share your shots with us! We sure do have plenty to share - art, natural beauty, tasty eats, interesting people... it's all here in Ypsilanti. Here's a…

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Ypsilanti’s Iconic Water Tower

Cities all over the world have important landmarks. They have titles ranging from “most important” to “must-see” or even to “greatest achievement”. Ypsilanti, Michigan has its own fair share of landmarks, and one has always stood out of the crowd as the most iconic – the Ypsilanti water tower. Known…

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Manchester's Tour de Barn Quilts

While driving around the rural town of Manchester, along its “Tour de Barn Quilts” route, I felt inspired to cue up the Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces.” Why? Because that’s the kind of easygoing, verdant, plenty-of-breathing-room vibe that envelops you as you follow a rutted dirt road over a narrow…

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