Ann Arbor is your premier Pure Michigan destination! Discover the award-winning international dining scene, outdoor adventures accessible for all visitors, and a larger-than-life arts scene. Ann Arbor has something for everyone. Explore the area and discover why Ann Arbor should be your next Pure Michigan destination.  

Award-Winning Dining

With hundreds of options, Ann Arbor’s restaurant scene showcases the very best of midwest dining. 

Indulge in the ultimate Ann Arbor foodie experience at Zingerman’s Deli, regularly recognized for having one of the best Reuben Sandwiches in the country! Nearby at Detroit Street Filling Station, browse an all-vegan menu at an inclusive and welcoming diner. Try Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger for a fast and affordable meal.  

Make reservations at Pacific Rim for a highly rated Pan-Asian dining experience reflecting the chef’s Asian-American heritage. If you’re traveling with friends, visit Blue Nile, an authentic Ethiopian restaurant where sharing gursha fosters friendships. Travel through Ann Arbor’s international dining scene here.   

Enjoy dining al-fresco in Ann Arbor! Explore the Main Street and State Streat areas for patio dining options. From seafood specialties at Black Pearl, to brunch and vegetarian plates at Sava’s, there’s something for everyone. Finish with dessert at Blank Slate Creamery serving homemade, all-natural Michigan ice cream. Click here for more patio dining around Ann Arbor.   

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Outdoor Destination  

Ann Arbor keeps it fresh in Pure Michigan. From thousands of acres of public parks and nature areas to miles of trails and pathways, make the Ann Arbor area your next outdoor destination.   

Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea, Michigan, is the largest state park in the Lower Peninsula. Camp, bike, hike, and explore plenty of beautiful pathways and lakes. Guests can request motorized trek chairs to explore at no additional cost, designed for visitors who use wheelchairs to enjoy the park's scenic trails. Take time to visit the Eddy Discovery Center and learn about the park’s geology and natural habitats.

Mountain bikers rejoice when biking the DTE Energy Foundation Trail, a four loop, 20+ mile single-track trail known as one of the best mountain biking trail systems in lower Michigan. Purchase your required DNR passport online or upon arrival at Waterloo. 

Popular among visitors and residents alike, the Border to Border Trail is a county-wide, 10 foot wide, ADA-accessible pathway connecting cities, parks, and destinations including Chelsea, Dexter, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti.  Remember to take a moment and admire the surrounding nature and greenery during your calming stroll. 

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Arts & Culture 

Ann Arbor is an art city full of larger-than-life murals, exciting museums, all-seasons events and entertainment, and immersive artful experiences. 

Buy tickets to touring concerts and movie screenings at the historic Michigan Theater and State Theatre. Catch an acoustic set at venues like The Ark or make reservations for dinner and jazz at Blue Llama Jazz Club.  For nightlife fun, check out themed nights at clubs Necto and Club Above. View Ann Arbor nightlife here.   

Annual events like the Ann Arbor Art Fair draw hundreds of thousands to downtown Ann Arbor in July for exceptional artwork by hundreds of artists. The Ann Arbor Film Festival has been named the best film festival in North America, and has provided 60 years of mind-bending experimental film. The Ann Arbor Summerfest combines a variety of entertainment and family fun into this weeks-long festival.   

Area cultural events honor heritage and history year-round. Attend the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in March, one of the largest student-run Powwows in the country, and celebrate LGBTQ+ community and allyship at Ann Arbor Pride in August. Save the date for next year’s Ann Arbor African American Festival in June, and the Juneteenth Celebration in Ypsilanti nearby. Click here to view Ann Arbor annual events.  

Discover murals all over downtown using the Ann Arbor Art Center mural map. The art center also offers workshops, classes, and galleries inside featuring area artists. More galleries can be found all over the area including CultureVerse, hosting in-person and virtual exhibits providing access to art in a new way, and Found for retail shopping while admiring the artwork. View more Ann Arbor art galleries here.   

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This is just a sample of what the Ann Arbor area has to offer. Visit for hotels, things to do, and to explore more. 


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