This week we are continuing our series on hometowns. The purpose of this series is to remind us to never forget about the beauty of what is right around us and to discover all that these off the beaten path destinations have to offer. Last week my hometown, Herkimer, NY was discussed. This week we will be reviewing Ann Arbor, Michigan, as told by native Ann of Ann Plans Travel.
Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a place where school pride runs deep among students, alumni and residents—all of whom are wolverines to the core. All prepared to cheer their team on no matter the season or sport. Gameday weekends crowd the city streets with over one hundred thousand people ready to cram into “The Big House ” and thousands more preparing to watch from the comfort of their homes. Everyone is decked out in bold yellow & blue, Michigan’s school colors.
During the summer, the Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) is packed with runners, bikers, skateboarders and families walking along the trail passing through the heart of Ann Arbor. With geese waddling along the river at every turn and squirrels running up and down trees, you’ll never run out of wildlife to see. If you’re traveling with kids, take an afternoon to visit the Hands On Museum. They will be able to interact, experiment and explore the exhibits all while learning about science. The newly renovated Natural History Museum is not only free but another world class museum that you can visit as a family.
Downtown Ann Arbor is home to a vast array of local breweries—Grizzly Peaks and Jolly Pumpkin are both local favorites. Both offer a variety of ales, beers, wines and freshly prepared burgers, salads and entrees. After you’ve gotten a bite to eat, make your way over to Cherry Republic for a free sample of Michigan grown cherries. If you’re up for a short walk, stop by Graffiti Alley to see the latest creations of local artists. The University’s main campus is right across the street as well, so be sure to take a stroll around if you have time! Stop by The M Den for a Michigan-themed souvenir to remind you of your time in Ann Arbor.
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