Welcome to Ann Arbor – Your Perfect 2024 Draft Getaway 

April 25-27, 2024

When the sporting world turns its gaze towards Detroit for the 2024 Draft from April 25-27, we invite you to carve out some time to venture a short distance west, to Ann Arbor. Just 25 minutes away from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Ann Arbor is a vibrant, walkable city brimming with exceptional dining, art and culture, and Big Ten spirit.  Draft Countdown

Easy Access to Ann Arbor 

The proximity to Detroit makes Ann Arbor a convenient getaway. A straightforward drive on I-94 W connects the two cities. Not driving? No worries. For those who prefer public transportation, D2A2 operated by Michigan Flyer offers regular, comfortable and efficient coach services between Detroit and Ann Arbor. You could also opt for the convenient and eco-friendly Amtrak service.  Learn more about getting here and getting around

May Mobility

 

Convenient Accommodations 

Due to the NFL Draft’s popularity, we advise early hotel reservations. The Ann Arbor area offers a diverse range of hotels, from economical options to luxurious accommodations. With hotel locations conveniently close to major local attractions, downtown or easily accessible highways, there are plenty of options to find the perfect fit. Book your hotel today to secure your stay

Two beds at Graduate Ann Arbor

 

Embracing the Big Ten Spirit 

Immerse yourself in the rich sporting culture of Ann Arbor, home to the iconic Michigan Stadium or “The Big House,” the largest stadium in the U.S. Home to some of the most unforgettable moments in college football, Ann Arbor’s love for sports is palpable, making it a perfect extension to your NFL Draft trip. Make sure to get a selfie in front of one of the brand new score boards! 

Michigan Stadium from Above

 

From Museums to Murals to Music: Explore Ann Arbor’s Art and Culture 

Take a break from the Draft and delve into Ann Arbor’s thriving art and creative community. Discover art galleries, world-class museums and performing arts centers. From streets lined with murals and public art to live music venues, Ann Arbor is a city that lives and breathes creativity.  

Couple pointing to Challenge Everything mural

 

Experience Ann Arbor’s International Dining Scene 

The NFL Draft week wouldn’t be complete without exploring Ann Arbor’s international culinary scene. The Ann Arbor area is a true food lover’s paradise, offering a diverse range of options, from game-day classics to upscale dining to a variety of cuisines from around the world. A strong emphasis on farm-to-table dining underscores the Ann Arbor area’s commitment to fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Don’t miss the thriving craft beer scene and numerous cocktail bars that perfectly complement your meal.  Find your perfect dining experience.

Table at Tomukun

 

Events & Festivals 

For a comprehensive list of events and festivals happening during your visit, check out our Events Calendar

Blue Llama Jazz Club

 

Embrace the Outdoors in Ann Arbor 

In April, the Ann Arbor area blooms into life with warmer weather and a range of outdoor activities. Known as "the Arb," Nichols Arboretum comes alive with budding trees and emerging flowers in April. Enjoy the scenic hiking trails and don’t miss the riverside views. April is also a great time to visit Matthaei Botanical Gardens with an outdoor garden and an indoor conservatory filled with plants from around the world.  

Peony Garden

 

How Will You Explore Ann Arbor? 

Ann Arbor is many things, including a bustling university town, culinary hotspot, and a tech hub with a walkable downtown that includes world-class arts and culture. Start planning your spring visit today! 

 

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